Accession Number:

ADA409101

Title:

A Brief History of Shipbuilding in Recent Times

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

U.S. shipbuilding has been examined repeatedly in recent years with general agreement about the major findings. from the ship- builders perspective the major problem is that too few large ships are being ordered and built and from the perspective of buyers the major problem is that large U.S. built ships cost too much. This paper traces the recent history of world commercial shipbuilding to help understand the current condition and explain its roots and development. It shows that the current situation is not a new problem. It developed over many decades, and U.S. shipbuilders have not been competitive with the world-class builders of commercial ships for many years. It is also important to realize that the shipbuilding industries in many European nations have experienced and now face problems very much like those facing the United States. The summary starts about 60 years ago and focuses on four major historical events that had major impact on shipbuilding-World War, the Suez Crisis in 1956, the OPEC oil embargo in 1973 and the end of the Cold War in 1989.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE