View Full Version : Printing While At Sea?

03-11-2009, 06:20 PM
Does anyone recall hearing about a Chinese ship equipped with commercial printing or finishing equipment that processes work while at sea?

It receives work while docked and prints/processes the work in transit, delivering a finished product at the end of it's journey.

I know some cruise ships have digital presses on board but this is done on a fairly large scale.

I'm just wondering if this is a true story or an urban legend kind of thing.

03-12-2009, 02:38 PM
I too have heard this but have nothing to back it up. When it was told to me, they did the printing in China, but to cut down on turn-around time, the bindery/finishing work was done in transit on the ship. I'm not sure how well a press would handle being on a ship tossing about the ocean when we have to pour concrete pads under our presses before installing.

03-12-2009, 03:33 PM
I too have heard about the bindery finishing being done on the way to the US. I heard it in context of text book printing-something that would have a larger turn around time anyway.

In addition, I worked with someone who came from the Navy-he ran a press on board a ship-so it can be done! (This was long before digital presses, by the way)

03-12-2009, 06:14 PM
I believe you refer to Leo Printing in China. They were an earl beta site for Prinergy and I seem to recall meeting the prepress manager who had MANY floating licenses for Preps, trapping etc.

They printed upstream from the coast and had all the finishing done in transit on ships that also were used to haul stock up-river again.

Efficiency all over the place.

03-12-2009, 07:01 PM
Floating licenses... :-)

03-12-2009, 07:34 PM
Lesson here is: As long as you avoid the illegal trapping procedures and don't go overboard on too much lead in your typography, you should stay afloat.

Now if they were from Thailand, you could say "Blest be the Thai that Binds."

I'll stop now.