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Monday, March 13, 2006


Manufacturing and shipping share a very strong nexus. Shipbuilding and technical ship management is heavily dependent on numerous manufacturing companies for the successful completion of a ship, or an offshore platform or any other floating structure. Manufacturing industries also find a very niche market in the maritime sector.

Can you guess the number of manufacturing companies that are involved in the construction of a ship? I never made an exact count but my idea of approximation suggests that the number will not be less than a thousand (if we take into picture all the details).I will not go into the intricate details of the ship machineries and will restrict myself to a few examples.

Lets say, the "main engine" of a ship. The shipyard has to buy main engines (this is the engine which provides the propulsion power to the ship) from the maufacturing company which specialises on building main engines. Man B&W is one company which is seriously involved in the main engine business and has collaborated with the leading yards of the world for the win-win aspirations. For instance, Man B&W works closely with Hyundai Heavy Industries to form "Hyundai Man B&W" which is a big success in S.Korean shipbuilding industry. Similarly we can find "Mitsui Man B&W" in Japan and similarly in other countries.

Similarly, ABB turbochargers; Cummins, Hyundai, STX auxiliary engines; RWO oily water separators;Electrolux appliances like washing machines;Tanktech incinerators; Frank Mohn and Shinko pumps etc. are quite popular in the shipbuilding sector. It is really difficult to provide a comprehensive report on all the machineries through this post. However, I am trying to compile all the details into some kind of book.(Although the compilation might take some time).

What makes the complete scenario such an interesting affair is the depth of business that is associated with the whole process. However, both sociology and human experience have always worked together to create a feasible work ambience that makes such a complex thing possible. Also some credit to modern day MBA grads that try to get in more efficiency to the system.

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