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Contract Management for Ship Construction, Repair and Design Course

14-16 October 2015, London, UK Contract Management Brochure Oct 2015 (cover web)

Course Overview

In the past 25 years, this training programme has been given more than 300 times, in over 14 different coutries, to over 4000 representatives from organisations in over 26 countries:

  • Naval Architects, Management Consultants, Project Engineers
  • Shipyards, Ship Owners, Repair Yards, Naval Shipbuilders
  • Ship Managers & Repair Supervisors
  • Major Equipment Vendors, Shipyard Subcontractors
  • Commercial Fleet Managers, Port Engineers & Legal Reps
  • Navies, Naval Engineering & Defence Industries
  • Coast Guards, Maritime Administrators & Fisheries

"The first fresh and rational approach to analyzing maritime contract problems which start with small causes and misunderstandings and which finally cost disproportionate amounts of money and time." N.V., European fleet superintendent

"This seminar was an eye-opener. It made me realize how important it was to clear-up contract ambiguities prior to signing." Contract Manager, major ship repairer

"Gives new insight into negotiating. The course has paid for itself many times over on the first contract after having the course." Vice Pres., Canadian Shipyard

About the Course Leader

Dr Kenneth W. Fisher FRINA is regularly engaged by owners, government agencies, shipyards and vendors and as a consultant and expert witness in contract management. Dr Fisher has directed numerous arbitrations and analyses to identify the weak points and failures of contract management staffs which led to 'contractual disasters' in shipbuilding and ship repair.

The benefits are estimated at two to three percent of the total value of all contracts managed after the training programme.

Topics to be Covered Include:

  • Contract Management and Mis-Management - multiple case studies and lessons learned.
  • Contract Performance Documentation - basic work, change work, extra work and re-work.
  • Change Orders (CO) - advance establishment of approval procedures and time constraints, identifying constructive, negotiated, unilateral and other CO's, identifying the down-side risks of CO's.
  • Critical Path - 'Real-time' identification of changes, slippages and re-routing.
  • Monitoring and reporting production work.
  • Engineering/Drawings - defining the types, schedules and responsibilities.
  • Owner-Furnished Materials - and information: definitions, forms and schedules.
  • Hourly Rates and Overtime - agreeing in advance to whom they apply and who pays for it under different circumstances.
  • Post-Delivery Negotiations - of unpriced change orders: documenting the work.
  • Claim Avoidance - through structured communications and documentation.
  • Delay, Disruption and Acceleration - 'Real-time' identification and quantification of the direct and secondary cases and effects.


Day 1 (09.30- 17.00) - Chronological Elements of Contract Management

Principles of Contract Management
Pre-Signing Contract Management
Contract Signing
Contract Management During Performance
Post-Delivery Contract Management

Day 2 (09.00-17.00) - Change Orders/Arisings - Pricing, Scheduling & Negotiation

Avoiding changes with 'most-probable' specifications
The 'true' origin of changes
Identification of the real change in workscope
Change work as a substitute for basic work
Engineering & procurement for changes
Support services necessary for change work
Estimating change work vs. basic work
Estimating non-productive effects of changes
Identifying often overlooked billable personnel
Construction yard vs. owner's estimates
Lead times and durations for change work
Identifying schedule impacts of change
Reliance on OFM/GFM commitments
Identifying when the owner/government can't say no

Day 3 (09.00 - 16.00) - Specific Contract Management Discussion Topics

Contract Management vs. Project Management
Contract Definition, Document Precedence
Specification types and advantages of each
Drawings and Bills of Materials
Classification and Regulatory Matters
Owner's Approvals
Owner Furnished Materials and Information
Documented Communications
Schedule/CPN and Schedule Monitoring
Labour Hours - Estimates, Budgets, Actuals
Delays - Excusable, Compensable, Concurrent
Financial Matters and Considerations
Vessel Delivery and/or Re-delivery
Standards for Inspections and Substitutions

Course Fees

Course registration fee includes a bound training manual, lunch and refreshments.

RINA Members: £1120 + VAT*  = £1344
Non-Members: £1250 + VAT*  = £1500
Group fee (3 delegates or more) £1100 + VAT per head  = £1320

*VAT: Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this costs. 

Registration and Payment Methods

1. Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and to be sent invoice for payment via bank transfer or cheque

(Please note if you are wishing to take advantage of the group fee discount please contact Jade Whitelaw at )

Places for this training course are limited and so are offered on a first come first served basis. Cancellations received in writing one month before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee

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The course will be held at the new RINA HQ, 8 -9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.




The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment

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Club Quarters

Club Quarters

Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue ­ less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.

The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members.  An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69). 

Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.

Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at  using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800

Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.


Hotels Combined

The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London,, the worlds largest hotel price comparison website, is offering support to participants of this conference. An exclusive 10% rebate is given to hotels booked via their website for all attendees.

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD logoAttendance at the Fundamentals Course qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the course will receive a CPD Certificate.

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