Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading
BB (Ballast Bonus)
The ballast bonus is as a compensation and incentive for the ballast (empty) trip from the ship’s last port of discharge to the port where the charter will commence.
The ballast bonus is as a compensation and incentive for the ballast (empty) trip from the ship’s last port of discharge to the port where the charter will commence. For example, the first place of loading under a voyage charter or the point of delivery under a time charter. It is more common under time charters, especially in a good market when charterers are unable to obtain ships easily or at a low rate of hire. It may occur that charterers, in order to attract tonnage agree to pay a certain ballast bonus.
For the shipowner, the BB covers the cost of fuel and time in proceeding to the port where the contract commences and from where the freight or hire will begin to earn the owner some money. In a “good market,” the shipowner can and does use this during the negotiating stages and the amount agreed upon depends on the negotiating strength of the owner and his shipbroker. The freight rate and time charter rate of hire can sometimes reflect the effect of a high ballast bonus.
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