Editor's Note

Monday, October 02, 2000
Heading into this autumn’s traditionally busy exhibition season, there is a noticeable charge in the air regarding the marine industry and its future.

Fueled by years of corporate consolidation, today’s marine equipment, system and service companies are, in general, larger, better positioned to deliver integrated, turnkey solutions.

But as the “urge to merge” has undoubtedly created some efficiencies, particularly in the capital intensive Research and Development and customer service and support operations, medium and smaller companies should not be ignored, for it is here that a good deal of innovation takes place. A prime example of small company innovation swept up into the corporate fold is last month’s announcement that Spectec had been acquired by Station 12.

Little more than a decade ago, the term “software solutions” as applied to the marine industry was not much of a topic. Companies such as Spectec were little more than an embryonic notion found on some forward thinkers’ legal pads. With a relatively short time, however, Spectec not only carved its niche, it helped to create a product category and redefine the way in which vessels were operated and maintained efficiently.

Vessel maintenance and repair is a major theme of this edition, in accordance with the Ship Repair & Conversion exhibition scheduled for mid-November in London. More than ever, the issues surrounding proper maintenance and repair of vessels in a timely, efficient and technically correct manner is helping to define which companies will prosper and which will whither. Spurred by the Erika disaster as well as a number of high profile failures in the past — international, national and regional authorities are demanding that vessels of all type, shape and size adhere to increasingly rigorous standards. It is the job of the suppliers, naval architects and marine engineers, as well as the vessel builders and repairers to deliver continually superior solutions to meet these needs.

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter July 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

LNG: Did the Greeks Get it Wrong?

In December 2013, Alibra’s market report front page read: “When in shipping, do as the Greeks do.” At that time, Alibra was referring to the fact that 31% of the

Ithaca’s FPF-1 platform to be moved to Stella field

Ithaca Energy Inc. reports that the "FPF-1" floating production facility has completed the required inclination test as planned and departed the Remontowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

Live Fish Carrier Launched at Gondan

At high tide, the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, was successfully launched today. Representatives of the owner of the vessel,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0514 sec (19 req/sec)