Maritime law firm HFW, which has a strong presence in the Middle East, has helped global shipping association BIMCO draft an industry standard offshore decommissioning contact. The contract – called DISMANTLECON – has been approved by BIMCO’s Documentary Committee and will be released at the end of June, along with guidance notes.
It can be used for removal of any offshore field architecture, including pipelines, mattresses, manifolds, jackets, topsides, platforms and monopole structures. HFW also recently helped BIMCO draft its first cyber security clause and two clauses relating to the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur emission rules. Paul Dean, Global Head of Shipping, HFW, said: “We are very pleased to continue to support BIMCO in drafting clauses and contracts covering the full lifecycle of ship-related operation and activity.”
Within the region, HFW has added eight new partners in the Middle East since April 2018 and has developed its network by opening an office Abu Dhabi in October 2018 and entering into a new association in Saudi Arabia in January 2019. The firm now has 17 partners and more than 50 lawyers – including 28 Arabic speakers – across its four Middle East offices, making it one of the largest practices of any international law firm in the region. Richard Crump, Global Senior Partner, HFW: “At a time when many international law firms are downsizing in the Middle East, particularly in Abu Dhabi, we continue to invest and remain focused on our goal of building the leading international practice in the market.”