Who are they?
Charterers are the controllers of cargo and the shipping industry’s customers. Almost everyone relies in their daily lives on products that charterers transport by sea.
What do they do?
Some charterers own ships themselves, either on a hired or permanent basis, chartering ships from independent ship owners when the need comes up. This is often a way of protecting against rising future freight markets (costs). However, most charterers regularly hire ships, or space on ships, to move their products.
Ship Charterers will plan a voyage, calculate the costs involved, organize clearance and dispatch of ships and handle ship and cargo-related documents.
They play an important role at the deep end of ship operations, helping to pair ships with suitable cargoes.
Charterers usually pay charter rate in dollars and the price they pay may change widely depending on the demand and supply of ships.