Condition-based maintenance – the role of the classification society and the challenges faced by the ship manager
Tuesday 13 March, 2012

The session was a useful event with great presentations highlighting the benefits that a move to a risk or condition based strategy is working for Both BP Shipping and Shell STASCO.

The main points that became clear following questions from the floor was that smaller companies suffer as a result of their lack of leverage with OEM’s in terms of negotiating alternative maintenance strategies to align with a CBM approach and that they require support from classification societies to ensure that they are able to  operate on an equal footing. It is also quite obvious that CBM could become an elitist  approach only available to the few further widening the gap in opportunity terms for small to medium operators to offer a real alternative and to perform on the same stage.

One specific issue faced by the smaller operators is the quality of maintenance manuals provided by the manufacturers and the potential for significant gaps in maintenance data following acquisition of an existing ship. These were two areas where the standards setting agencies, i.e. Class, could offer significant support.

The move towards a risk-based approach in ship maintenance management – the latest blog by Danny Shorten”As a result of improvements in design and a tendency to reduce the need for running repairs, there has been an increase in the use of disposable components, for example, sealed-for-life pumps. Couple this with the ever present need to operate at a reduced cost means that nowadays the engineer is tasked with developing strategies to understand and react to condition thus avoiding or extending scheduled intervals of intervention until necessary. This approach is broadly described as a risk-based approach.” Read more here
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