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SHIPBUILDING travel to support them. turers representatives and labor at actual and delays we experienced as each state

The Korean yards are blessed with construction locations where they were determined how the virus issue would be having most of their subcontractors, needed. Foreign equipment, normally addressed. Some considered transporta- manufacturers and licensees either lo- ? own in for these projects, had little to tion and shipbuilding as “essential” oth- cated within the new building facility or no chance of meeting previously agreed ers did not. Many small manufacturing nearby distances. That is not the case in delivery dates. companies were closed, as they did not the U.S yards and as a result delays have In no uncertain terms the lack of any meet an “essential business” de? nition. occurred receiving equipment, arranging national direction to handle the virus in In one example the Governors of? ce had trucking services and placing manufac- the U.S. can be attributed to damages to be contacted to request a waiver for the shipyard to continue operations. Main- taining a solid workforce also became dif? cult as the U.S. “positive” numbers peaked in several surrounding areas.

All that said – not one builder, repair yard or worker – threw up his hands waived the white ? ag or tossed away his

N-95 facemask. And that is a credit to our industry and to the builders and own- ers we have been working with. Social distancing takes on a whole new mean-

Left: Tristar Sharma crank- shaft inspection. Below: Tristar

Sharma ready for launch.

Photo: Amtech 26 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • August 2020

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