New tripartite lists, like existing grudges, are issued only upon request. The fee for the tripartite list does not exceed the price of two or more grudges. The benefit will be increasingly likely that the next tripartite product to be sent will already be covered by the CoF, which will reduce the administrative burden and certification costs. The circumstances and the judgment underline the importance of specificity in the design of settlement agreements. This is particularly the case when there are contingencies for future events and more than two parties are involved. When new chemicals or mixtures of products are offered for bulk shipment, they are usually subject to a tripartite agreement. The objective of a tripartite agreement is that a new product can be shipped relatively quickly during a transitional period before the IMO carries out the final assessment. In particular, for ships that often ask for tripartite grudges, usually chemical parcel tankers, the new product list will be a better alternative than asking for an endorsement each time a tripartite product needs to be transported. Owners, shippers and consignees have begun to discuss where to unload the remaining cargo. During these discussions, the owners initiated arbitration proceedings against shippers under the travel charters and against the consignees under the bill of lading.

The talks resulted in a written agreement reached on 27 June between owners, shippers and consignees (the “Tripartite Agreement”). The maritime sector is facing major changes that require close cooperation between shipbuilders, shipowners and classification societies, the more than 70 participants in the 2018 Tripartite Forum, held on 11-12 October in Seoul, South Korea, agreed. DNV GL now offers a Certificate of Fitness product list that includes all products that have not yet been formally evaluated by the IMO, but are still subject to a tripartite agreement. This will facilitate the certification process by putting all tripartite products on a single list, as opposed to a single product supplement. This information is ready to provide chemical tanker owners and stakeholders with detailed explanations of the tripartite agreements for each list contained in the circular, given that many requests have been made recently by shipowners. IMO Circular MEPC.2/Circ.18 for the provisional categorization of liquid substances in accordance with MARPOL Annex II/Reg. 6.3 contains a requirement for tripartite agreements. At the next opportunity, the operator should urgently consider requesting a tripartite list instead of a supplement in order to have the vessel certified for all products currently available.

The Tripartite Forum, established in 2002, enables shipbuilders, shipowners and classification societies to address complex issues. . . .