More California Maritime Training Cruise 2004 Pictures
Still in Mokpo, South Korea
Instructors managed to arrange a tour of the Hyundai Samho Shipyard in Mokpo, these are just a few of the pictures I have. One reason shipbuilding moved overseas (and stayed overseas), is that these yards have a turnaround time of just months, instead of a few years, not to mention less regulations, less overall costs. Unluckily, this yard did not manufacture any of the main engines or crankshafts, so it was just a cookie-cutter style of assembly. They had "models" inside their office, and the second model, notice, is one of the newer style of LNG Tankers (easier to manufacture than the older "sphere" style).
Later on the same tour, we stopped by the Maritime Museum that was in Mokpo. They were assembling a VERY recent excavation in the nearby ocean, apparently one of the biggest finds of recent history (I forget what it was though).