Editor's Note I n each of my 15 years overseeing the "Great Ships of the Year" edition, the technological leaps made year-on-year literally never ceases to amaze me. For an industry that is generally regarded as traditional and rather slow to assimilate new technologies, this year's crop of 16 "Great Ships of 2006" goes a long way to dispel those misguided notions. The cover ship, Emma Maersk, is an amazing vessel at 1,302 ft. in length, able to carry 11,000 TEU. As the efficiencies of moving cargo from "point A to point B" via containership technology continues to dominate new construction, Emma Maersk is the realization of a vision that not too long ago many would have dispelled as unthinkable. As might be expected, as Korea continues to dominate the new ship order logs, so to do its ships dominate coverage in this edition. No longer are the Korean shipbuilders known solely for the production of assemblyline ships such as bulkers and tankers, rather the industry has elevated its game quickly to produce a number of higher value ship lines, specifically massive container carriers and top of the line gas ships. While this trend, followed closely by China's massive build-up of ship construction infrastructure, will likely erode market share from traditional European shipbuilding powers, European shipyards are still well represented here and in our pages throughout the year for building a number of high technical specification vessels, including the Norilskiy Nickel, a double-acting containership, and, of course, the aforementioned Emma Maersk. There is much more to read on this year's collection of award winning ships, starting on page 18. On the Cover MARITIME REPORTER AND ENGINEERING NEWS www.marinelink.com ISSN-0025-3448 USPS-016-750 No. 12 Vol. 68 118 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010 tel: (212) 477-6700; fax: (212) 254-6271 Founder: John J. O'Malley 1905 - 1980 Charles P. O'Malley 1928 - 2000 On the Cover: Pictured on this month's cover is the 1,302-ft., 11,000 TEU containership Emma Maersk, one of 16 Great Ships of 2006. Read about this fascinating ship and 15 others starting on page 18. Maritime Reporter/Engineering News is published monthly by Maritime Activity Reports, Inc. Mailed at Periodicals Postage Rates at Waterbury, CT 06701 and additional mailing offices. Postmaster send notification (Form 3579) regarding undeliverable magazines to Maritime Reporter/Engineering News, 118 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010. Publications Mail Agreement No: 40024966 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. of DPGM 4960-2 Walker Road Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Publishers are not responsible for the safekeeping or return of editorial material. ©2006 Maritime Activity Reports, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publishers. 13 14 34 36 38 40 41 42 Book Review Government Update Eye on the Navy New Products People & Company News Ad Index Buyer's Directory Classifieds Member Subscriptions: One full year (12 issues) $34.00; two years (24 issues) $59.00 in U.S.; 1 year international: $55.00 including postage and handling. For subscription information, call 212-477-6700; fax: (212) 254-6271; or e-mail: email@example.com Business Publications Audit of Circulation, Inc. Coming in Maritime Reporter & Engineering News January 2006 PASSENGER VESSEL EDITION Floating Production Systems · Marine Propulsion Guide · Maritime Security Australia ... PLUS, Bonus Distribution @:  PVA Maritrends 2006 ·  Deepwater Operations 2007 &  Underwater Intervention 2007 February 2006 CRUISE SHIPPING EDITION www.marinelink.com firstname.lastname@example.org BONUS DISTRIBUTION @ Seatrade Cruise Shipping - Miami · CAD/CAM Solutions · Clean Water Technology · Coatings & Corrosion Control 6 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News
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