When charterer parties are drawn up they will almost always specify which countries law they would like to govern the contract and which jurisdiction any disputes will be heard. As previously discussed, countries have many different ways at looking at the same type of law. Even if the clause is exactly the same in all cases, the legal outcome of a similar dispute can be very different.
In this thesis we will look at off-hire under the three legal systems and make a comparison of the responsibilities of the parties involved, to find the similarities and differences between the three legal systems. Furthermore I will then look at one particular situation in off-hire where the law is not yet completely settle, the matter of when vessel is delayed by an off-hire situation but for some reason the charterer are prevented from using the vessel as intended during that off-hire period. The aim of all of this is to see if there is any advantage or disadvantage for an owner or charterer in making one choice of law over another.