DREDGING GETS ITS OWN STANDARD FORM OF CONTRACTS
In 1999 the “Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils” (FIDIC) or “The International Federation of Consulting Engineers” issued a revised standard form of contracts for use between employers and contractors engaged in international projects. This edition did not address the specific needs of dredging and reclamation work, therefore the IADC contacted FIDIC about the possibility of creating separate dredging contracts. A Task Group was formed and in 2006, the first edition of FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works was published.
TASK GROUP FINE-TUNES FIRST EDITION
Following a meeting in 2011 with the International Association of Dredging Companies’ (IADC) Legal Committee, comprised of the company lawyers of its members, a decision was made to improve the Blue Book by making it more specialised and suited for dredging and reclamation. Bearing in mind the suggestions for change put forward by IADC, FIDIC established Task Group 7 (TG7) to consider the improvements that could be made to the first edition. Ten years later, an update to the edition was released.
SECOND EDITION TAILORS TO TODAY’S INDUSTRY
Commonly referred to as the FIDIC Blue Book, the second edition of the FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works is an update which better reflects actual practice than the first book. Specifically, the second edition’s “General Conditions of Contract” are more specific to the needs of the marine construction industry and provides more specialised guidance notes to help employers. The book is more aligned with the other FIDIC Contracts to achieve an appropriate balance of risk.
AVAILABLE IN SIX LANGUAGES
The 2016 edition is truly intended for international use. First released in English, the FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works is also available in Russian and the French, German, Italian and Portuguese translations will soon follow.
Read Tim Maddock and Marnix Vandenberghe’s critical review of the Blue Book’s second edition published in Terra et Aqua #145. Download the article here.
IADC’s upcoming webinar will show attendees how the second edition of the FIDIC Form of Contract for Dredging and Reclamation Works can assist in marine infrastructure projects. Led by Mr John Greenhalgh and Mr Tim Maddock, the IADC webinar FIDIC Blue Book Second Edition will run for 45 minutes and include a question and answer session. Register for the webinar today.
The Blue Book is available at the FIDIC website. Purchase your copy here.