These Conditions of Contract have been prepared by the Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils (FIDIC) in close collaboration with the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) and are recommended for dredging and reclamation work. The ultimate decision on the form and content of the document rests with FIDIC.
The aim has been to produce a straightforward document which includes all essential commercial provisions and which may be used for all types of dredging and reclamation work and ancillary construction with a variety of administrative arrangements. Under the usual arrangements for this type of contract, the Contractor constructs the Works in accordance with design provided by the Employer or by his Engineer. However, this form may also be suitable for contracts that include, or wholly comprise, contractor-designed works. In addition, the Employer has a choice of valuation methods.
The form is recommended for general use, though modifications may be required to ensure compliance with the law in particular jurisdictions. FIDIC considers the official and authentic text to be the version in the English language.
The intention is that all necessary information should be provided in the Contract Data to the Agreement, the latter incorporating the tenderer’s offer and its acceptance in one simple document. The General Conditions are expected to cover the situation in the majority of contracts. Nevertheless, users will be able to introduce Particular Conditions if they wish to cater for special cases or circumstances. The General Conditions and the Particular Conditions will together comprise the Conditions governing the rights and obligations of the Parties.
To assist in the preparation of tender documents using these Conditions, Notes for Guidance are included. These Notes are not one of the documents forming the Contract. Finally, applicable Rules for Dispute Adjudication are also included.