One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A deed between a shipowner and a trader for the hire of a ship and the delivery of cargo.
- ‘This charterparty shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and the English courts have jurisdiction in respect of all disputes arising out of this charter party.’
- ‘The provisions of these rules shall not be applicable to charter parties, but if bills of lading are issued in the case of a ship under a charter party they shall comply with the terms of these rules.’
- ‘Moreover the Deptford officials had specific instructions to see that each storeship was manned by the number of seamen called for in the ship's charter party.’
- ‘At the beginning of the war the vessel's charter parties contained no provision for compensation to be paid for expenses incurred while a ship awaited convoy or was forced to lay idle waiting to be loaded or unloaded.’
- ‘The charterparty also contained Clauses which provided that the chartered vessel would be fully seaworthy on delivery.’
- ‘The Company shall have the right to perform their obligations under this contract by using a tug or tugs not owned by themselves but made available to the Company under charter parties or other arrangement.’
- ‘The shipowner could earn more at less risk by making sure there were demurrage clauses in the charter party.’
- ‘Upon completion of a voyage, officials of the Navy Board had to determine whether any of the cargo was missing or if there had been any abuses of the charter party.’
2A group of people using a hired aircraft or ship.
Late Middle English: from French charte partie, from medieval Latin charta partita ‘divided charter’, i.e. one written in duplicate on a single sheet, then divided in such a way that the two parts could be fitted together again as proof of authenticity.
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