NUCLEAR POWERED MERCHANT SHIPS-IMPACT ON PRIVATE SHIPYARDS

Shipbuilding authorities and ship fleet owners are predicting that nuclear powered merchant ships will be sailing the high seas before the end of the century. In that only a few private shipyards in the United States have had the opportunity to construct and repair nuclear powered ships, the other private shipyards must be made aware of what is involved if they are to meet the challenge of nuclear shipwork. If the builder of a nuclear powered merchant ship is acting as the agent for the prospective shipowner-operator and is responsible for the entire design and construction of the ship, he would need designers who are knowledgeable of nuclear ship construction and highly skilled craftsmen. He would also need an enlarged workforce that would possibly include a legal staff, extra security guards and clerical help and other support personnel plus special tools for the nuclear work. If, on the other hand, the ship's nuclear system is the entire responsibility of a vendor, the shipbuilder's needs could be less, possibly about the same as that needed for conventional shipwork.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented January 1980 to the Pacific Northwest Section, SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Chapman, K H
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM