U.S. COMMERCIAL SHIPBUILDING IN THE 1990'S: THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Since 1982, only five orders for commercial oceangoing ships--all for Jones Act trades--have been placed with U.S. shipyards, largely because the U.S. yards have not been price-competitive with foreign shipyards. Broad economic developments that affected the shipbuilding industry took place worldwide, however, during the late 1980s. Given the current and likely situation into the 1990s, the question is whether it will be possible to build ships competitively in the U.S. This paper provides a market-based framework for analysis of these developments and discusses how the U.S. competitive position has improved. It finds that near-term opportunities for the construction of replacements for the aging domestic fleet may be a stepping stone to long-term opportunities for the construction of ships in international trades. Suggestions for multifaceted actions by U.S. shipbuilders, shipowners, and government are provided. Significant opportunities for commercial vessel construction are predicted for U.S. shipbuilders in the 1990s.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report; Paper presented to Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, San Diego Section, October 7, 1989. Also published in Marine Technology, Vol.27, No.6, [November 1990], pp.387-400
  • Authors:
    • Carson, J P
    • LAMB, B
  • Publication Date: 1989

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  • Pagination: 33 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661060
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM