Editor's Note: This article is based on a paper presented by Werner Oehlers, senior engineer and sales manager-marine engines, MAN B&W Diesel GmbH, at a recent Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers-New York Metropolitan Section joint meeting.
Signs Of Improvement As Passenger Ship Orders Rise Despite battling what the European Community termed "aggressive, irregular and unfair international competition" from the Far East, European shipyards showed signs of improvement during late 1987 and early 1988.
Through recent technology breakthroughs and advancements, the leading manufacturers of marine electronics are constantly introducing innovative products in an effort to make navigation safer and more precise, and communications faster and easier.
Rauma-Repola's Rauma shipyard in Finland recently laid the keel of a 7,600-dwt hydrometeorological research vessel scheduled for delivery to V/0 Sudoimport of Moscow in the fall of 1987. This vessel will serve as an icebreaker, research, supply, and passenger ship in the Antarctic region.