Maritime Management Systems: A survey of maritime management systems and utilisation of maintenance strategies

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Maritime Management Systems: A survey of maritime management systems and utilisation of maintenance strategies
Authors: Algelin, Gösta
Abstract: The aim with this research project was to survey the market for maritime management systems with focus on which maintenance management strategies that were utilised in a sample of the Swedish merchant fleet. A sample of ten Swedish shipping companies or owning interests was selected that together represents 177 vessels on technical-, crew-, and safety management. The selection of companies covered different segments of the shipping market with tank-, bulk, RoRo-, special service-, and passenger vessels. Interviews with the owners’/managers’ technical management representatives have been performed. To support the survey documentary analyses covering sources from system suppliers, classification societies and reference industries have been performed. The market for integrated maritime management systems in the surveyed fleet for maintenance and procurement management was covered by one major supplier with a 32 % market share and three with shares ranged between 16-22 %, the balance covered by separate and proprietary systems. Safety (ISM) management was covered by the integrated systems to 42 %, one major separate supplier to 26 % and the balance by minor and proprietary systems. Crew management was covered by one separate major supplier to 37 %, one to 17 % market share, a minor supplier and by proprietary systems. Ship/shore integration and VSAT satellite communication were implemented to a large extent. E-commerce and technical condition monitoring equipment were scarcely utilised. The prevailing maintenance strategy was preventive planned maintenance. The machinery survey methods utilised were to 62 % the planned maintenance and continuous machinery survey methods. Only one owner/manager was planning to introduce strategies for condition monitoring (CM) and condition based maintenance (CBM). Despite that the benefits were known, there was amongst the owners/managers a resistance to implementation of CM technology, and thus CBM activities and consequently CM classification, based on • Cost • Bad experience • Inconsistent data evaluation • Equipment quality The challenge to this is that the suppliers of CM systems and technology claim that the contemporary more developed condition monitoring systems and equipment have better quality, better trend and data analyses functionality and could be delivered at a more competitive price than previous generations of systems. Further that implementation of CM technology should be seen as an investment leading to, as indicated by the referenced industries, more reliable operation and thus cost and revenue benefits.
Keywords: Information Technology;Informationsteknik
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Shipping and Marine Technology
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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