The Shift to Formalized Shipbuilding Standards (The National Shipbuilding Research Program)
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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In todays shipbuilding environment it is important for United States U.S. yards to adopt a philosophy of constantly improving systems of both production and service. For years our industry has depended upon a captive market, that of the U.S. Government. With present cutbacks in military spending the U.S. shipbuilding industry must become a competitive force in the world marketplace. To achieve this goal there are many areas our industry must address one of these is implementing improved shipyard standards. Time and again U.S. yards are reinventing the wheel as they face a new contract, while our foreign counterparts have well known, commercially viable National Standards. The lack of such standards in the United States, be they internally generated by an organization such as The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers SNAME or adopted from an internationally recognized body, such as the International Organization for Standardization ISO, is an area that must be addressed by our industry if we are to remain competitive in todays marketplace.
- Marine Engineering