The Business of Shipbuilding thoroughly analyses vessel construction, from material receipt and preparation, to final outfitting. It explains the central role of computer technology in the design process, the growing importance of supply chain management for materials and services and the use of subcontractors. Methods of measuring progress, productivity, performance and the need for enforcing standards during construction are also discussed. Through the use of practical examples, The Business of Shipbuilding explains the structure of shipbuilding in Japan, Korea, the European Union, China, Eastern Europe and the Americas and places this in the context of the economic and political climate of each region.
Written in a clear and concise style and illustrated throughout with diagrams, charts and plans, The Business of Shipbuilding will be an invaluable reference tool both for experienced shipbuilders and for shipowners, managers, operators, brokers, insurers, lawyers, universities, surveyors and equipment suppliers.
Table of Contents
Preface, About the Authors, List of Tables and Figures, List of Plates, 1. THE MARKET FOR SHIPS, 2. POLITICAL INFLUENCES ON SHIPBUILDING, 3. OTHER EXTERNAL INFLUENCES,
4. SUPPLY IN THE SHIPBUILDING BUSINESS, 5. SECURING ORDERS, 6. THE SHIPBUILDING CONTRACT, 7. SHIP DESIGN, 8. MATERIALS AND SERVICES FOR SHIPBUILDING, 9. SHIP PRODUCTION PLANNING AND PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, 10. ORGANISATION OF SHIPBUILDING, 11. THE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, 12. THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHIPBUILDING FACILITIES, 13. QUALITY ASSURANCE, 14. THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRY, Index
George Bruce began his career as an apprentice at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders. He worked as a Research and Development Manager for British Shipbuilders between 1978 and 1981 and subsequently joined A. & R Appledore Ltd as senior consultant, becoming the company’s technical director in 1989. From 1991 he has worked as a consultant with the Association of Independent Management and Maritime Services. Since 1996, he has been a lecturer in Marine Production Technology at the University of Newcastle. He acts as an adviser on development and manufacturing strategies to shipbuilders and repairers in the UK and abroad.
Ian Garrard is one of the founding partners of Curtis Davis Garrard, a specialist shipping practice located at London’s Heathrow Airport. The firm acts for a range of international, primarily European and US, shipping and offshore clients, and is the only English specialist shipping law firm to have achieved ISO 9001 quality assurance accreditation.
He specialises in shipbuilding projects in the context of the shipping sector (including general cargo, LNG carriers, tankers, cruise ships) and the offshore (oil and gas) sector (including drilling rigs and FPSOs), from preparing invitations to tender to negotiating contracts to closing. He also has extensive experience of dispute resolution in relation to shipbuilding and has a wide perspective on all issues.
He was acknowledged as a maritime expert in “The World’s Leading Maritime Lawyers” 1998, and has written various articles on shipbuilding.