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Amateur Contracts a Cause of Disaster

Ship construction, conversion and repair contracts developed by persons who lack experience with the marine industry are the ones most likely to result in contractual disasters. These typically result in the owner and shipyard clashing over responsibilities, costs, schedule and vessel performance.
The shipbuilding industry has encountered such contracts on a much-more frequent basis than might be imagined. These situations need the help of “disaster relief” professionals experienced in “stabilizing” the parties’ contractual performance to avoid litigation.
If contractual relations have deteriorated too severely, these amateur contracts may become the focus of litigation. These situations need both the specialized consultants as well as attorneys.
It would have been far more cost-effective to use professionals skilled in shipbuilding contracts to develop the contract, rather than saving some costs at the commencement of the project and paying many times over for that mistake later.