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 program should be to assist in providing a strong U.S. maritime industry that 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. 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 that 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. Volume 1 is a compendium of the principal conclusions and recommendations; Volume 2 contains the supporting studies, which include many additional recommendations and other promising areas of research.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Vol.1-Summary; Vol.2-Contributing Studies
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Academy of Sciences

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  • Publication Date: 1960

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  • Accession Number: 00660269
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Contract Numbers: MA-1767
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM