Shipbuilding and Dust Collection
Introduction to Dust and Fume Collection for Shipbuilding
The shipbuilding industry always follows cyclical trends, and today is no different. Commercial ships aren’t built in a day, and orders take years to fulfill. But the outlook is currently good for shipbuilding, especially beyond 2017. A steady growth in global trade and demand for more efficient and environmentally friendly ships will lead to continued orders for container ships and related vessels. Demand for other ships, such as cruise ships and naval vessels, as well as ship repair services, appears steady.
While most of the growth in the industry is occurring in the Asia-Pacific region, shipbuilding in Latin America and the Middle East is growing, as well. While Europe is currently in a low point, the Netherlands remains a robust producer in the industry, and other European shipbuilders should rebound after 2017.
Short-term challenges in the industry include unpredictable oil prices, which affect orders for tankers, and financial crises, which affect the tourist trade and orders for cruise ships. Changes in military budgets impact shipbuilding, as well, and the number of orders for naval vessels.
Long-term challenges in the industry remain the same: materials costs, labour costs, compliance with environmental standards, and protection of workers from exposure to harmful substances. The costs of materials and labour are unlikely to decrease in the foreseeable future. Complying with manufacturing standards remains challenging but nevertheless essential. Maintaining a clean and safe workplace and good air quality—even in the heaviest welding environments—is more important than ever.