Until recently, the bare-boat charter agreement, which is referred to in the doctrine as vessel lease, occurred rather sporadically. Thus, in the maritime laws of many countries, including Poland, the institution of vessel lease does not exist. In this instance, these types of agreements are subject to civil law regarding leases.The vessel lease agreement states that the party leasing the vessel is obliged to deliver it to the chartering party without a crew or equipment (or possibly with a partial crew and equipment) to use for the period of time stated in the agreement and that the chartering party is obliged to pay the agreed charter fee. The parties to the agreement are described using the nomenclature from lease agreements, while the period of time is described according to charter agreements. This places bare-boat charters somewhere between these two types of agreements.The authoress indicates that the importance of vessel lease agreements is on the rise. This should be reflected in the legal regulations regarding this type of agreement in the Maritime Code. .
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