The National Shipbuilding Research Program. Guide to International Approval Processes for Commercial Ship Construction. Volume 1
NATIONAL STEEL AND SHIPBUILDING CO SAN DIEGO CA
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Youre on a business trip and, in a local store, you see a lamp that will look great in your den. You buy the lamp but not the light bulb, since you have many. On returning home, you screw a 40W bulb into the lamp, plug the lamp into the wall socket and turn it on. It works perfectly you are indebted to National Standards. National Standards not only ensure that lamps work, our shoes fit, and this paper fits the photocopier, they also ensure that ships are built in the most cost effective way possible. National standards become a method of communication, so that a parts specification can be relayed between any vendor, to any engineer in any shipyard with the knowledge that the part is available, functional, and is competitive. NSNRP 6-94-1, Word Class U.S. Shipbuilding Standards was dedicated to establishing the framework for developing a set of U.S. National Standards that could compete with those from Japan, Korea, Western Europe and other World Class commercial shipbuilding countries. The aim of the project was not to create a new National Standards body but to assist those standards bodies, already established in the U.S., in publishing standards that are truly World Class. Definition For the purposes of this report, the expression World Class means that a shipyard is capable of designing a VLCC say in 10 months and completing ship construction in 18 months from contract award realizing a profit in the process.
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