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SNAME 2006 SSC Celebrates 60 Years The one-day-old WWII Liberty Ship, SS Schenectady, after successful completion of sea trials in January 1943. The investigation board looking into the casualty recommended continued study of ship structures. As a result the Ship Structure Committee was formed and has published over 450 technical reports since. The Ship Structure Committee is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The Ship Structure Committee (SSC) will celebrate its 60th anniversary during the Annual Meeting SNAME Maritime Technology Conference & Expo and Ship Production Symposium held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on October 10-13, 2006. The SSC will have a booth at the Expo to distribute copies of a CD containing the most recent technical reports. The occasion will also be used to bring together the eight principal members to discuss strategic planning for the future. Aluminum test panel before loading as part of an ongoing SSC sponsored international project currently being conducted at Pusan National University in Korea. Understanding the strength properties of aluminum multi-hulls is crucial in the design of light weight, high speed craft. This project aims to develop sophisticated technologies for Ultimate Limit State design. 30 Sixty years ago, an investigative board was formed to look into the sinking of the liberty ship, USS Schenectady, which sank at her fitting-out dock in calm water. Upon the board's recommendation for continued study, the Secretary of the Treasury directed the Chief Engineer of the Coast Guard to initiate a committee that would continue studying causes of welded ship hull failures, and thus the SSC was born. Since then, the SSC has expanded its research to also include life cycle risk management, production technology as well as structural design. Since its inception, the SSC has published 445 technical reports that are all available on the SSC's website www.shipstructure.org. Through the 1950's and into the 1960's the SSC focused its research on mechanical metallurgy, chemical and physical metallurgy, transition temperatures, effect of edge preparations, and Maritime Reporter & Engineering News