The U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research asked the National Research Council (NRC), through the NRC's Marine Board, to assess: the current state of research and technology application in the U.S. shipbuilding industry; current and proposed programs that invest in ship design and production-related research; and the current state of U.S. education in naval architecture and marine engineering. This report presents the results of the Marine Board study, which was conducted by a specially appointed committee of experts. This committee, the National Research Council Committee on National Needs in Maritime Technology, based its conclusions and recommendations on committee members' firsthand knowledge of international shipyards, ship acquisition, and technical exchange agreements between U.S. and international yards and on information obtained through workshops, briefings, and a literature review. The report is presented in five chapters. Chapter 1 provides an introduction. Chapter 2, on technology application, reviews four major areas to assess the technology needs for revitalizing U.S. commercial shipbuilding. Chapter 3 assesses significant programs of assistance to U.S. shipbuilding, particularly in light of the technology needs the committee identified. Chapter 4 considers current programs in naval architecture and marine engineering education and steps that might be taken to strengthen the education base to achieve national shipbuilding goals. Chapter 5 presents the conclusions and recommendations. Appendix A provides information about members of the committee. Appendix B provides the names of individuals who made presentations to the committee and the subject of their presentations. Appendix C provides brief background information on international subsidies in shipbuilding. Appendix D provides information beyond that in Chapter 3 on programs to assist shipbuilding. Appendix E provides information on schools of naval architecture and marine engineering.


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 160 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00722520
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309053822
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1996 12:00AM