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Shipyard Report: Construction & Repair

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SUBSCRIBESubscribe to the print or electronic edition of MarineNews at or e-mail Kathleen Hickey at DAILY NEWS via E-MAIL Twice every business day we provide breaking news, tailored to your speciÞ cation, delivered FREE directly to your e-mail. To subscribe visit POST & SEARCH JOBSJob listings are updated daily and help match employers with qualiÞ ed employees. Post a position or keep abreast of new employment opportunities at ADVERTISE MN offers a number of print and electronic advertising packages. To see our editorial calendar and advertising rates, visit Online Resources EDITOR?S NOTECompelling Copy. It is what we all strive for. After all, it?s why you read MarineNews . But, what de nes compelling copy? Is it feature articles that highlight emerging technologies and innovation? Or, perhaps, does that entail Insights from key industry stakeholders? Maybe, for you, it means the collective subject matter expertise of MarineNews ? impressive stable of contributing columnists. Actually, it?s all of that, and more. In the February edition of MarineNews , (Captain) Jeff Cowan struck a chord with some read- ers ? and not necessarily a completely happy one ? when he discussed the regulatory aspects of the articulated tug barge trade. The article spurred a raft of mail but it also reinforced what we already know: maritime industry stakeholders want to be challenged; they want to be inspired and they want to engage in substantive conversations about the businesses that they hold near and dear. Inside, you?ll read ATB industry icon and innovator Bob Hill?s response to our Febru- ary article; a well-reasoned response, but also one which is bound to evoke more discussion. We wouldn?t have it any other way. That?s why you tuned in; right? Front and center this month are the domestic shipyards that fuel the growth for our inland, offshore and coastal trades. As it turns out, U.S. newbuild and repair specialists alike are also quickly carving out a niche of their own in the global markets. Some yards, faced with the challenges of a sequestration that is sadly already here, have been attempting to diversify their backlog portfolios in order to hedge their bets against what could soon be a markedly reduced federal spending policy. Still others are bidding aggressively and winning business in foreign markets because they already know what you will soon discover when you turn the pages of this edition: American shipbuilders ? in the right markets ? can and do compete on the global stage. Susan Buchanan leads us through the story that debunks the theory that U.S. builders are too expensive, can?t provide quality and/or can?t deliver on time. Now, that?s compelling copy. For inland operators, as we approach the spring thaw in the nation?s heartland, a compre- hensive situation report on the status of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their efforts to maintain and improve our critical waterways and infrastructure comes just in time, also within these pages. That?s also compelling copy that you won?t read that anywhere else. Finally, it probably goes without saying that these uncertain times ? sequester, regulatory changes and iffy freight markets ? demand straight talk, and yes, compelling copy to guide you through the shark-infested waters that de ne today?s inland, brown water and workboat industries. At MarineNews , we?ll continue to give just that to you; as we see it, tell you why, and then listen for your response. Your marine business enterprise will always be the heartbeat of this magazine. That?s something compelling and something we won?t ever forget. keefe@marinelink.comJoseph Keefe, Editor, 6 MNMarch 2013 MN March2013 Layout 1-17.indd 6MN March2013 Layout 1-17.indd 63/5/2013 9:37:00 AM3/5/2013 9:37:00 AM

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