POLAND'S SHIPBUILDING: A STUDY IN SUCCESS

In the face of a host of orderbook cuts among otherwise successful countries, Poland's orderbook has reached a merchant shipbuilding level described in the most recent annual report from Lloyd's Register of Shipping as "the world's healthiest." About 60,000 people work at the United Polish Shipyards. More over the Baltic nation has made only a comparatively small cutback in shipbuilding employment. The achievement has not come easily. Some other countries have managed to sustain their shipyards through massive subsidization and work-buying. Poland, whose economy is some $18 billion in debt to the West, never had that option. Poland's shipbuilders have had to go into the marketplace and sell their wares on merit. They have done so with such success that last year the United Polish Shipyards (UPS) exported an astonishing 88% of the 600,950 dwt of ships completed in the country's principal yards. This article examines the structure of Polish Shipbuilding and its associated industries. The author briefly discusses each of Poland's major shipyards and includes a summary table of tonnage completed by the United Polish Shipyards in 1979. The article concludes with a look at Poland's use of computer-aided manufacturing techniques and a forecast of the future of Polish shipbuilding.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 530
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • Blenkey, N
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 49
  • Serial:
    • Marine Engineering/Log
    • Volume: 85
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.
    • ISSN: 0732-5460

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  • Accession Number: 00319830
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1980 12:00AM