Becoming a signatory

Who can become a Signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter?

At present, all bulk charterers can become Signatories of the Sea Cargo Charter as well as the disponent owners and all charterers in a charterparty chain.

The Sea Cargo Charter must be applied by Signatories in bulk ship chartering activities that are:

  • on time and voyage charters, including contracts of affreightment and parceling, with a mechanism to allocate emissions from ballast voyages,
  • and for voyages carried out by dry bulk carriers, chemical tankers, oil (crude and product) tankers and liquified gas carriers,
  • and where a vessel or vessels are engaged in international trade (excluding inland waterway trade). Until 31 December 2021, vessels under 5000 gross tonnage are excluded. Starting from 1 January 2022, vessels under 5000 GT are also included.

The scope will be reviewed and may be expanded by Signatories on a timeline that is at their discretion.

How to become a Signatory?

Companies wishing to become a Signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter must submit the Standard Declaration, Membership Agreement, and the Signatory Application to the Secretariat of the Sea Cargo Charter Association. Once accepted into the Association, the Signatory will have five months to complete and submit the Signatory Self-Assessment to the Secretariat. All relevant documents are available from the Secretariat.