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Answered 2012-05-24 15:52:01

Modern shipbuilding practice is to build ships in several subassemblies, called blocks. The blocks are constructed from the ground up, and loaded with as much outfitting (piping, electrical wiring, equipment) as possible. The blocks are built on the ground, and then erected onto the ship. The size of the blocks depends on the shipyards lifting capacity. The larger the blocks, the more efficient the build cycle is. Once all the blocks are erected onto the ship, the ship is then launched into the water where final production work is done, and the ship is tested. An incline test is performed to test the stability of the vessel. Before delivery of the vessel to the customer, the building yard will conduct a sea trials.

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