Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of charter party in English:
- The provisions of these rules shall not be applicable to charter parties, but if bills of lading are issued in the case of a ship under a charter party they shall comply with the terms of these rules.
- Moreover the Deptford officials had specific instructions to see that each storeship was manned by the number of seamen called for in the ship's charter party.
- Upon completion of a voyage, officials of the Navy Board had to determine whether any of the cargo was missing or if there had been any abuses of the charter party.
Late Middle English: from French charte partie, from medieval Latin charta partita 'divided charter', i.e. one written in duplicate on a single sheet, then divided in such a way that the two parts could be fitted together again as proof of authenticity.
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