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Novation Agreement for Shipbuilding Contracts

17 October 2016

The Novation Agreement for Shipbuilding Contracts is an agreement between the parties to novate the shipbuilding contract from the original buyers to the new buyers on terms set out in the agreement. The latest edition of this contract is the Novation Agreement for Shipbuilding Contracts, issued in 2016. Copyright in the Novation Agreement for Shipbuilding Contracts is held by BIMCO.

NEWBUILDCON

20 September 2016

NEWBUILDCON is the industry’s only international standard shipbuilding contract designed for use in any jurisdiction and for any type of ship. BIMCO’s objective in creating NEWBUILDCON was to balance the interests of shipowners and shipbuilders in a clearly written and well-structured comprehensive contract that improves upon the other standard forms in the market. The latest edition of this contract is NEWBUILDCON, issued in 2007. Copyright in NEWBUILDCON is held by BIMCO.

SHIPLEASE

23 September 2020

SHIPLEASE is a standardised term sheet intended for use in ship sale and leaseback transactions. The term sheet has been principally developed for sale and leaseback transactions involving second-hand ships, but it can be readily adapted to fit structures involving newbuildings or vessels that are undergoing major refit. It is suitable for use for both operating and finance leases, although it may need to be adjusted as appropriate. The latest edition of this contract is SHIPLEASE, issued in 2020.

BIMCO to publish standard refund guarantee to eliminate legal uncertainty

16 September 2020

BIMCO is developing a standard refund guarantee for shipbuilding contracts, including the SAJ and Chinese forms. The current issue is that English law and jurisprudence on guarantees is contradictory, complex and often very difficult to understand from a commercial perspective, and as a result small changes made by negotiators can have wide reaching commercial consequences.

Greek shipowners investing the most in newbuilding

03 June 2014

Greek shipowners are not only the most active nation when it comes to sales and purchases, they are also investing the most in newbuilding contracts. Since 2010, contracts made by owners in Greece total USD 51 billion, consistently dwarfing the likes of Norway and China as buyers.

SUPERMAN

17 October 2016

The Standard Agreement for the Supervision of Vessel Construction, codenamed SUPERMAN, clearly sets out a ship managers’ duties and obligations when providing supervision services to a newbuilding project. It is an agency based agreement whereby the supervisors act for and on behalf of the owners. SUPERMAN is modelled on SHIPMAN 2009 and includes the same structure of liability provisions. Payment is on a “cost plus fee” basis. The latest edition of this contract is SUPERMAN, issued in 2016. Copyright in SUPERMAN is held by BIMCO.

RECYCLECON

20 September 2016

RECYCLECON is a standard contract for the sale of ships for recycling in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The contract incorporates many of the requirements of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Hong Kong Convention) such as the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and the Ship Recycling Plan. The latest edition of this contract is RECYCLECON, issued in 2012. Copyright in RECYCLECON is held by BIMCO.