Ship Service and Support Process Optimization

Optimize the support of ships across their lifecycle and improve fleet availability and profitability

When ship maintenance costs are 60 to 70 percent of the total lifecycle cost and fleet owners and operators are facing significant budget reductions, lifecycle service and support becomes more important for both government and commercial fleets. Fleet operators and shipyards must build modern fleets that are less expensive to service and support. At the same time, they must implement technology to more efficiently support existing ships, which can have service lives of 30 years or more.

The PLM for Shipbuilding solution provides ship service and support optimization, giving shipyards and fleet operators a single source of knowledge. This increases accuracy and coordination throughout the global service network that supports a fleet, and facilitates fleet upgrades, enhancements and alterations, which are crucial to overall fleet performance.

Ship service and support process optimization enables lifecycle traceability from service requirements through service activities, reducing errors and improving fleet reliability and availability. The synchronized service knowledge – including requirements, resources, documentation and ship configuration – increases effectiveness and reduces fleet lifecycle total costs.

With support for configuration-driven service planning, forecasting and execution, you can reduce service events and shipyard maintenance periods, and increase compliance and safety. You can also automate the electronic distribution of technical service information, work instructions and service bulletins that are aligned with the latest design changes, new requirements and reliability problems revealed while in service.

Many shipyards are now focused on both new construction as well as through-life support, so digital integration of all operations offers these shipbuilders numerous advantages in addition to launching more competitive ships. The insight and knowledge possessed by the shipbuilder can be used to simplify service and support and make overhaul planning and execution far more efficient. Digital simulation and optimization of major overhaul tasks and significant ship modernization can help production teams better plan and execute the complex work packages. By reducing the time for overhauls, fleets are more profitable and more naval ships can be ready for deployment. Finally, the knowledge captured by the shipyards while servicing and supporting current ships can be used to make future ships easier to operate and maintain.

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