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How to issue notice of readiness -chemical tankers procedure

A Notice of Readiness (NOR) must always be provided when a vessel arrives at the port of destination. Whether the berth is occupied or not, whether the vessel is alongside or not, on arrival at the port of destination the Master must present the NOR on the appropriate form. If it is not possible to berth, for whatever reason and the vessel has to wait on the roads, the NOR must be tendered by telex, fax, e-mail or by telephone. In the latter case this must be followed by written confirmation to the agency, requesting them to provide it to the Receivers, Charterers, and Terminal etc.

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Significant for the ‘time counting’ is the time the NOR has been tendered and not the acceptance of the notice.

The NOR is not effective is when repairs have to be carried out, before the vessel can load / discharge. In such case NOR should be given immediately after the repairs have been completed.

In USA ports if the vessel is required to undergo a USCG inspection on arrival for a COC, then the NOR is not normally able to be tendered prior to completion of this inspection. Separate NOR must be tendered for each Shipper or Receiver. When a parcel is completed at a particular berth and the next berth involving a different Shipper or Receiver is occupied, then the NOR must be tendered when the hose(s) is disconnected, at the berth where the vessel is moored.

At the load port the NOR must have the amount of cargo for each parcel that the vessel can load. For example 1050 mts, but never write 1050 mts more or less owners option or similar phrases. Always state the maximum quantity the vessel can take within the quantity option agreed in the fixture on the NOR.

At the discharge port the NOR must include the amount of cargo according to the B/L.

Tendering a fresh NOR

A Master may be unsure whether he is in a position to tender NOR or whether an NOR which he has given is valid or not. There may be doubt about whether the vessel is in the right location or whether she is actually ready to load or discharge cargo. In these circumstances, the Master should give NOR at the earliest opportunity – even if it may be premature and then give fresh notice later on. A NOR can be re-tendered several times prior to cargo operations commencing, for example: All but the first NOR should be marked “without prejudice to validity of all other NOR’s previously tendered under this C/P”.


Normally, only one NOR has to be given in each port. This means that where the vessel is shifting berth within port, it is not usually necessary for a fresh NOR to be presented.

Part Cargoes

If the vessel is carrying part cargoes for more than one voyage charterer, NOR should be given to all charterers on arrival. If the vessel is loading or discharging at several berths for different charterers, a fresh NOR should be tendered at each berth. Similarly, when part cargoes for different voyage charterers are being loaded or discharged consecutively, NOR should be tendered once loading of each parcel has been completed and the next cargo is ready to be loaded or discharged.

If in doubt……

If in doubt, the first rule is to give NOR and then tender a fresh NOR once the reason for doubt has been resolved. However, the formalities of giving NOR can give rise to complex legal problems and Masters should if necessary seek advice from the managers.

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