MarAd Contract Let For Development Of Standardized Carrier
A $281,203 contract for the Development of a Standardized U.S.
Flag Dry Bulk Carrier has been awarded to M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 350 Broadway, New York, N.Y., by the Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration. M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. has formed a team with H.P. Drewry (Shipping Consultants) Ltd., London, England; Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Baltimore, Md., and Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pa.
The 10-month contract will provide a market analysis of dry bulk trades, a review of existing standard ship designs and the selection and adaptation of one or more designs to serve as a Standardized U.S. Flag Dry Bulk Carrier (s). The contract, to be performed in two phases, will assess the requirements for a Standardized U.S. Flag Dry Bulk Carrier by identifying cargo opportunities, analyzing the competitive environment, developing vessel performance requirements, identifying design alternatives, and selecting one or more designs. A second phase will provide preliminary design (s), an analysis of c o s t - c u t t i n g opportunities, and recommendations for research and development areas to further reduce construction costs and improve U.S.-flag operational competitiveness.