Consensus QA/QC Acceptance Standards
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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For years the U.S. commercial shipbuilding industry has tolerated minor and, in some cases, major disputes between shipyards, customers, and regulatory agencies over quality assurancequality control QAQC acceptance criteria. These disputes, large or small, serve the same purpose - to increase the cost of U.S. shipbuilding and extend delivery schedules. Most of these discrepancies have stemmed from gaps in communication between the affected parties. Phrases like accepted marine practice, marine quality and others are common in shipbuilding specifications, but there is no industry - wide definition of such terms. Their meaning varies from one shipyard to another, from one customer to another, even within a single shipyard between ship designers, engineers and construction trades. The availability of industry-wide consensus standards for common areas of discrepancy may provide a solution to this problem.
- Marine Engineering