We had a pretty sharp downturn in Navy work and in the interest of KEEPING a SKILLED workforce in place, the "TEAM" decided to give a go at the commercial world. We hadn't built or designed a commercial vessel in many years. It was like starting all over again. The figures that we were given were based on all costs, overhead, hourly rates, taxes, the whole deal. When you talk about hourly rates, two of those countries can pretty much be classified as 3rd world countries. Their cost of living is peanuts compared to us.
I took the Apprentice School route, was a Pipefitter and PROUD Union member for 9 years, went to school PT and eventually transferred into Design Engineering. I worked A4W Nuclear Testing for 5 years before heading into Design. I currently work at a Nuclear Power Plant today, as Mechanical and Civil Designer. Been here going on 11 years now. The Shipyard was a good place to work. The pay rate lacks today. Years ago it was hands down tops in the area. That was part of the reason I applied for my current job, looking to get that leg up. It's worked out quite well for me. I got a little lucky with the timing. You know how that goes. Work at the Yard was challenging. Something new just about everyday. I hated to quit, I truly enjoyed the work and the people but I was trying to raise two kids and keep my bride happy! LOL!
Sadly, we only built one Tanker, The American Progress. She was a good ship. MASSIVE Diesel Engine, thing had about an 8 foot stroke.
Interesting thing about the Danish Shipyard, they owned their own valve and fittings manufacturing companies, so their material costs were much lower. It was a good project to work on. They KILLED us with OT though. 7 days a week for months on end, 12 hour + days.
Mobil swooped in to buy the ship after the Greek company (Elletson - I think) bailed on us, we were behind schedule and they weren't willing to wait for delivery. Originally we were to build 4 or 5 of the Tankers. But the first, sadly was our last.
Here she is --> http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/...php?lid=276470