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BIMCO publishes decommissioning contract

DISMANTLECON – an international standard contract for offshore decommissioning projects from the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) – is now available.

BIMCO’s documentary committee approved the contract in May 2019, as HLPFI reported here. It has been developed to provide a clearly worded agreement that allocates the risks and responsibilities when dismantling offshore structures, said BIMCO.

“DISMANTLECON is a marine services contract designed to appeal equally to the party requiring removal of the structure and the marine contractors whose services they use. It fairly represents the interests of both parties by providing a balanced set of terms and conditions,” said Kees de Looff, contracts manager of Van Oord Marine Contractors, who chaired the project.

The contract can be used for the removal of any offshore field architecture in the oil and gas sector. This includes pipelines, mattresses, manifolds, jackets, topsides, platforms and monopile structures, as well as structures used in the renewable energy sector.

The contract is not intended to cover disposal of the facility or plug and abandonment (P&A) work, said BIMCO.

The template contract can be amended and adapted to meet the needs of contract partners, added Grant Hunter, BIMCO’s head of contracts and clauses. He explained: “It is designed to be scalable and can therefore be used for small to medium sized projects as well as for larger and more complex ones.”

The contract has been written by a group of key stakeholders including marine service providers, marine contractors, P&I and legal experts. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and the International Salvage Union (ISU) were also represented, and guidance on insurance has been provided by a leading insurance broking and risk management company.

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