The National Shipbuilding Research Program, 1990 Ship Production Symposium, Paper No. 8B-2: Political Changes in Eastern Europe and the World Shipbuilding Market
UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY KINGS POINT NY
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The recent political and economic events unfolding in Eastern Europe have brought about changes that are of vital importance to the world shipbuilding community. Following in the footsteps of Yugoslavia, already the No 3 shipbuilding power in the world, these countries view shipbuilding as a source of very needed hard currency, and also as a way of generating employment. The relatively low cost of ship construction together with an adequately developed level of technology, and comprehensive engineering support, make these communist countries serious competitors. Moreover , the announced reduction of the Soviet military budget might substantial free up capacities for export ship construction, and sharply reduce Soviet orders in their former satellite countries, thus making them available for foreign orders. The following paper addresses shipbuilding organization and capacities in the communist countries, advantages, problems and possible forms of business relations with their shipyards.
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