The National Shipbuilding Research and Documentation Center has just published the NSRP 0535 report ‘Establish Recommended American Shipbuilding Quality Standards’. The need for standards in ship construction quality is obvious when shipbuilder and customer are comparing the level of workmanship and expectations for the final product.
This project sought: 1) to describe a reasonable acceptable level of workmanship for commercial vessels built in the United States; 2) to provide a baseline from which individual shipyards can begin to develop their own product and process standards in accordance with generally accepted practice in the commercial marine industry; and 3) to provide a foundation for negotiations between the shipbuilder and the ship owner in reaching a common expectation of construction quality.
The final report is followed by three volumes, detailing standards set forth on Hull, Outfitting, and Coatings. To see the choices for downloading, click on the ‘Documentation Center’ link at NSnet and enter 0535 in the report number line on the Search page.