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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


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