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3.7 NOTICE OF READINESS
Many tanker masters tender notice of readiness (NOR), at the end of
sea passage. That is not the correct time for tendering and masters
who do so only demonstrate their ignorance of the correct procedure.
The subject of NOR procedure has been the topic of at least two books.
It is the owner's responsibility to discuss the NOR, delivery and layday
provisions of the latest charter with the master so that he clearly
understands the correct point at which NOR should be presented. A discussion
of the various arrangements is beyond the scope of this book. The following
is useful general guidance.
Example of notice of readiness.
Shippers may object to receiving NOR when the hindrance is not due to
their action or inaction (weather, tides, or awaiting pilot, tugs, availability
of berth or officials). The master should advise shippers or their agents
that the circumstances will be reported in his 'statement of facts'
of the port call and that any demurrage or other claims will be settled
in accordance with the charter party or other agreement.