Shipbuilding Supply Chain Integration Project
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INST OF MICHIGANANN ARBOR
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US shipbuilders now hold less than 1 of the world market for commercial ships. In the 1970s US shipbuilders built an average of 20 seagoing commercial ships per year, now that number is less than two per year. It seems clear that the US shipbuilding industry cannot currently compete in the world market for seagoing commercial ships. The two primary sources of this problem are low productivity, in some cases lower by a factor of 2 or 3 than the best in the world, and high material costs. High material costs are especially a problem since material and equipment represent more than 50 of the cost of a delivered ship. This report will focus on the problems of material costs, in particular as they are affected by relations with suppliers. The Shipbuilding Supply Chain Integration Project was designed to improve understanding of best practices in supply chain management in the marine industry. The project focused on US shipyards and suppliers, foreign shipyards and suppliers, and a US construction firm. The intent was to obtain a baseline to show how the US marine industry acts as compared to the foreign marine industry and a somewhat comparable non-marine industry in the US.
- Administration and Management
- Marine Engineering