Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading
AA (Always Afloat)
A contract term requiring that the vessel not rest on the ground. In some ports the ship is aground when approaching or at berth.
In order to prevent a vessel from being ordered to proceed to a berth where she cannot load or discharge without touching the ground or a berth which can only be reached safely after discharging part of the cargo into lighters or which can only be reached on spring tidal conditions, the so-called “always safely afloat clause” is inserted in the charterparty. This clause may read as follows:
"... the vessel shall proceed to . . . or so near thereto as she may safely get and lie afloat . . . and being so loaded the vessel shall proceed to . . . or so near thereto as she tray safely get and lie always afloat there deliver the cargo, ..."
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