industries in improving their competitiveness in the international commercial market. The center is intended to be a major source of information and facilitator within the government for the maritime industry, providing expertise, information, and reference material on commercial shipbuilding. The short-term focus of the center is on establishing a marine industry standards library; providing assistance to companies that wish to become qualified to ISO 9000 for quality assurance; conducting seminars and training; being an interface with the U.S. Coast Guard for implementing consensus standards in lieu of regulations; providing support to ISO (TC-8); coordinating with ARPA for the MARITECH program; updating the MARAD guideline specifications to include international standards and to reflect metric dimensions; developing a three-dimensional computer-aided design library; and providing marine environmental protection information. These short-term goals are part of a continuing process to acquire and maintain marine standards; develop and conduct seminars and workshops on a variety of topics such as standards, regulations and environmental concerns; and provide other information to assist industry (MARAD, 1994).

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