Regulations and Recommendations by Directors
A. The Directors shall have power from time to time to make regulations prescribing the conditions or forms of contracts of carriage either generally or for use in any particular trade or at any particular port or place. Upon the passing of any such regulation it shall be deemed to be incorporated in these Rules so as to take effect as from the beginning of the policy year next following the time and date of the making of such regulation, and as from such taking effect every Owner shall conform thereto in so far as the same may apply to the ships entered by him or on his behalf in the Association or to the trades in which they may be engaged. If any Owner shall commit a breach of any regulation, the Directors may reject or reduce any claim made by the Owner to the extent to which it would not have arisen if he had complied with the regulation and may further impose such terms upon him as they may think fit as a condition of the continuance of the entry of the Owner’s ship or ships in the Association.
B. The Directors may also from time to time recommend the use of any particular form of contract of carriage in any particular trade. Owners whose ships are engaged in such trades shall endeavour to use the appropriate form of contract of carriage when the circumstances of the fixture or engagement of such ships permit.
C. Notice giving particulars of every regulation made (and the policy year at the beginning of which it takes effect) and every recommendation made pursuant to this Rule shall forthwith be sent to every Owner, and a copy thereof shall be included in or with every copy of the Rules issued by the Association after such regulation or recommendation comes into force.