Chapter Two Shipbuilding

Chapter Two

Ship propellers before being assembled.  If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 for further assistance.

The ability to build and repair both military and commercial vessels is considered vital to U.S. national security (USDOC 2001). The shipbuilding industry in the United States supports both military and commercial interests.

The data in this chapter portray the world orderbook for merchant vessels and U.S. shipbuilding and repair activities, including the conversion and construction of barges and ships used in inland waterways and coastal waters.