New York Port Engineers Discuss Shipbuilding Standards

The recent initial monthly meeting of The Society of Marine Port Engineers New York, N.Y., Inc., heard a presentation on the National Shipbuilding Research Program sponsored by the Maritime Administration in c o o p e r a t i on with Bath Iron Works Corporation.

The speaker was John C.

Mason, MarAd program manager at BIW.

Mr. Mason's presentation was based on Status Report No. 1 of the Research Program, covering shipbuilding standards. He reported that during the past two years, more than 50 new shipbuilding standards have been initiated through the e f f o r t s of SNAME Panel SP-6 and ASTM Committee F-25 on Shipbuilding.

While the initial emphasis has been concentrated on providing a mechanism for the ongoing development and maintenance of industry-wide voluntary consensus standards t h r o u g h ASTM Committee F-25, a major effort is now being planned and coordinated by SNAME Panel SP-6 to further identify and address specific standards requirements in support of shipyard implementation of advanced techniques such as pre-outfitting, outfit module c o n s t r u c t i o n , accuracy control, and computer-aided design and manufacturing.

In summary, said Mr. Mason, the U.S. shipbuilding industry has, for the first time, a wellorganized and coordinated National Shipbuilding Standards Program.

The timing is right, enhanced by the U.S. Navy's implementation of government standards policy, and underscored by the industry's need to take aggressive steps to improve productivity.

The i n v e s t m e n t required to actively support the program is minimal; the potential return is significant, particularly when coordinated with an effective in-house standards program.

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