A voyage charterparty almost invariably provides that the cargo is to be loaded within a specified number of days, usually called 'lay days' or 'laytime'1. This period begins when the vessel arrives2 at the agreed loading port of berth and, according to the ordinary form of the term, written notice of readiness to load3 is given to the charterer4. It may sometimes be provided that the period is not to begin before a certain date, unless the charterer begins loading sooner. It is a condition of the charterparty that the charterer is to tender a cargo within the specified
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