The Norwegian Shipbrokers’ Association’s Memorandum of Agreement for sale and purchase of ships, code named Saleform, is the most used documents for sale and purchase in the market.
SALEFORM 2012 builds upon the international success of its predecessor, SALEFORM 93, while retaining the accepted general principles and familiar structure of the ’93 edition. The decision to revise SALEFORM followed from consultation with the global second-hand ship sale sector who felt that the industry would benefit from a modest update of this widely-used agreement.
The new edition incorporates many of the commonly made amendments applied by the industry. Certain provisions in the ’93 edition which are known to have created uncertainty and misunderstanding have been re-worded in SALEFORM 2012 – resulting in much greater clarity.
Care has been taken to avoid the agreement becoming overly prescriptive. The emphasis during the revision has very much been on retaining SALEFORM’s character as a commercially flexible platform agreement on which to base a wide variety of different types of ship sale around the world.
According to BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General, Mr Soren Larsen, “Together with the NSA, BIMCO is delighted to bring this updated edition of SALEFORM to the market. We have listened carefully to what the industry wanted and we believe that users will welcome this much improved version of what is recognised globally as the standard contract for the international sale and purchase of ships”.
The Norwegian Shipbrokers’ Association Director, Mr Knut Frode Eriksen, added that “The NSA is very pleased to have worked closely with BIMCO again to revise this most important standard document. We first developed SALEFORM in 1925 and have since 1956 collaborated with BIMCO on subsequent revisions of SALEFORM. Recognizing the leading role BIMCO have in developing and promoting quality documentation in international shipping, we are proud to yet again have successfully completed a revision of SALEFORM that has met with BIMCO standards and approval. We are confident that the revision reflects the needs of the industry and brings improvements to the agreement that will be very much welcomed by users around the world”.
Copies of SALEFORM 2012 can be obtained through BIMCO (www.bimco.org) and the NSA (www.shipbroker.no) along with explanatory notes highlighting the differences between the new edition and the ’93 edition.
Saleform is electronically available. To obtain the Saleform in electronic version choose one of the links below: