The principle of a knock-for-knock agreement is of course that each party is responsible for its own property, regardless of negligence. The club therefore considered whether the tow recovery costs were to be due to the towing owners. TOWCON is an international agreement on maritime work on a flat-rate basis. The form is intended for the commercial towing industry and is not intended for use in the tow port. The last edition of this contract is TOWCON 2008. The copyright of TOWCON 2008 is BIMCO. Towing wires on tugs are expensive. If they break during a towing operation, who should be responsible for repairing or replacing them? These and other issues were discussed at the last biMCO TOWCON and TOWHIRE 2008 collective agreement review meeting. There are many circumstances in which a tug and tug must deviate from the intended route or delay the trip. This raises a number of issues raised at the TOWCON/TOWHIRE subcommittee meetings on the April 21-22 review.
Wage contracts must clearly reflect the intentions of operators to cover the recovery costs of the towing business. Operators should also ensure that the parties designated as tenants and registered owners of the train are clearly identified (part I of the TOWCON form). The creditworthiness of these parties should be established prior to the conclusion of the contract to ensure that compensation can be withdrawn in the event of a loss. In the rest of the exclusion list, only section 25 (b) (4) (4) which could be included in the recovery costs: as a result of the incidents, Salvors submitted its rights to the owners of the tugs who, in turn, passed the claims on to the tug owners. The tug owners stated that the recovery costs had to be borne by the tug owners, as it was the master tugs who had not safely towed, making the rescue operations necessary. However, the recovery costs are also not well covered by this description. In comparison, Bimco`s supply contracts free the tug from “any liability arising from [towing]” that would certainly include the tug recovery costs. Whether the tug owner can avail himself of TOWCON`s Knock-for-Knock provisions for the cost of recovering a tug is therefore an unexplained legal area.