A stevedore damage report is a brief report regarding the damages to the vessel's outfitting and structure caused by the inappropriate actions of the stevedores during cargo work. Such report usually contains the date, time and location of the damage along with the brief description of the events that led to the damage. The report is supplemented by the photographs of the damage. This report is required to be sent by the master to all parties - agents, charters, owners as soon as the damage is discovered but not later than 24 hours in any case. This is done in order to reserve the rights of the owners and to clearly inform all parties that the damages shall be repaired on the account of the party which caused it in the first place. Master shall always refer to the Charter Party instructions on the Damages caused by the Stevedores. In all cases, the damages shall be repaired before the vessel sails out.
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