This information has been put together by William Kane and is meant to be an introduction to the subject. There are comment boxes at the foot of each page. Please feel free to add information.
The Birth of a Ship

A prospective owner would send an enquiry to shipbuilders capable of supplying a vessel to their requirements. The enquiry would have a description of the ship and its proposed purpose, the classification society rules it is to be constructed to and any other specification details required by this owner.

The Contract would require:-

A Shipyard

Engine builder


The Shipbuilder would receive a Provisional Specification or Design Study, out of which each department would scrutinise the parts applicable to them and form a Contract Specification agreed with the client, to which the ship would be built, for an agreed price and delivery date. Contract conditions e.g. percentages to be paid at various stages of completion. Any penalties insisted on if targets were not met would also be agreed at this stage.