Shipyard Marketing Conference Planned

The Commerce Department/ Maritime Administration is •evaluating proposals, submitted on January 8, 1974, from independent contractors interested in furnishing "necessary qualified personnel, services, materials and facilities," and providing support services for a two-day "shipyard marketing seminar and planning conference" to be held probably in June. Contract award is expected 'by April 1.

Shipyard officials, as well as representatives of financial institutions, Export-Import Bank, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Export Trade Promotion/Commerce Department, and Census Bureau, will be invited to participate in discussion of four specific technical areas: "Market Data and Forecasts — Develop the necessary cargo movement data and forecasts that will assist the U.S. shipyards in the identification of market opportunities for ships. The impact of competition, due to both shipping and other modes, would also be considered.

"Design and Technology—Design of advanced systems in response to market opportunities would be covered, with special emphasis on advanced technology and innovative designs enhancing the competitive posture of U.S.-flag operations.

"Financing and Contracts—Identification of sources of capital and associated costs, and the development of innovative and responsive contract instruments would be included.

The development of an industry specification might be considered, for example.

"Export Sales—The special requirements of overseas sales in all of the above topics (and others) would be covered here. The need for unique and centralized marketing activities could 'be explored."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 4,  Feb 1974

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