The U.S. merchant marine would benefit directly from a government and industry supported program of research and development. The principal aim of the research should be to assist in providing a strong U.S. maritime industry which can compete in the world market, with a minimum of subsidy, and can provide improved foreign and domestic shipping services. Concurrent efforts should also be directed toward improvements in regulatory requirements and labor-management relationships. Subsidy reduction can best be accomplished through a U.S. Maritime industry which obtains maximum productivity through efficient use of labor. The two developments that offer the most promise are crew size reduction through automation techniques and improved cargo handling systems. Savings can be realized in shipbuilding costs through simplification and standardization of design. The physical characteristics of ship designs, including speed, should be based on fleet-wide operational studies which delineate the ship's functional requirements. Immediate priority should be placed on the development of currently available technologies to increase the commercial competitiveness of the replacement fleet.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number MA-PROG-Vol-1. See MRIS-026274, Vol. 2.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Sciences

    Maritime Research Advisory Committee
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Publication Date: 1960

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 66 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026273
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Sum Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: MA-1767
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1973 12:00AM