New features of TOWCON include a provision for mid-voyage bunkering on longer tows, and a mechanism for calculating compensation due to slow steaming or deviation. The revised BARGEHIRE introduces much clearer wording dealing with off-hire surveys, repairs and redelivery which has often been a source of dispute in the past.
Both drafting teams were chaired by Dirk Kwantes of LKL Oceantrade. In the revision of TOWCON and TOWHIRE, Dirk was assisted by Maurice Schreurs of Boskalis, Nick Jeffery of Ostensjo Rederi, Charo Coll of Boluda Towage, Clarksons, Ivar Brynildsen of Gard and John Croucher of the Standard Club. The revision of BARGEHIRE involved Merlijn Hijzen of Heerema, Guillaume Vassout of Subsea 7, Tommy Christensen of Ugland, Jonathan Bawden of Cashman Equipment Services and Alexander McCooke of the Shipowners` Club.