This volume, published in the Lloyd’s Shipping Law Library series, is by now an established reference work for those involved with shipbuilding contracts, whether as commercial parties or legal advisers. The basic format of the book follows the structure of the standard form shipbuilding contract on the SAJ form, with a clause-by-clause discussion supplemented by footnotes and appendices.
Although the primary focus of the book is on the legal interpretation of the clauses under English law, the legal discussion takes place against the background of the author’s substantial practical knowledge of the business of shipbuilding and the acquisition of new vessels. The case law on this subject is perhaps not as extensive as in other areas of shipping law, but the author provides a comprehensive review of relevant decided cases, including recent cases such as Stocznia Gdanska v. Latvian Shipping (1995 - 2002), Cenargo v. Empresa Nacional Bazan (2001), BMBF (No12) Ltd v. Harland & Wolff (2001), China Shipbuilding v. NYK (2000).
The author takes care also to include relevant cases from previous centuries, for example, the cases of Mucklow v. Mangles in 1808 and Wood v. Bell (1856) both of which were concerned with whether painting the purchaser’s chosen name on the vessel was relevant to the passing of title in the vessel.