And here is perhaps why. Just in the last twenty years or so, the world has witnessed and experienced so many dramatic changes. In many cases, these changes have happened so quickly, so much so that many companies that were not quick or able enough to react had no alternative but to close its doors. But since the dawn of capitalism and the livelihoods that were created as a result, foreclosures were nothing new. The merchant marine industries have also born a brunt in regard to all the new paradigms that encroached their horizons.
And indeed, in some parts of the world it has happened. There were barren shipyards with only rusting hulls to show passersby any resemblance of the high industry that went before. Throughout marine history, industrial and paradigmatic changes have been nothing new. One of the bigger challenges faced by so many small to medium-sized boatbuilding companies and merchant fleet managers was always the acquisition of replacement marine parts. It was not so much the case of not being able to purchase the replacement marine parts.
That was always a possibility. There were enough manufacturing plants around to respond to customer demands. And in some parts of the world, they may even have grown. And this brings up the encouraging point that argues the case that, indeed, replacement marine parts are just so much easier to come by today. While any number of small-scale marine engineers may have had to close their workshops, they were always able to migrate or transform the way they utilize their engineering skills.
And the one great paradigmatic shift that has aided and abetted the marine parts business? None other than the development of the World Wide Web, allowing for shipments to take place at much quicker rates than ever before.