Leadership, vision and the bravery to be bold are attributes critical to future success in our industry. The aim is to challenge existing conventions which were initially brought about in a totally different time and place; none more than in the area of machinery maintenance, where we rely upon redundancy of plant and 24 hour ... Read more.
I had a very interesting discussion with a fleet manager recently about maintenance management and the reasons why they found it almost impossible to make any step changes in improvement. If I may somewhat précis the discussion, there were a number of key issues that seemed to prevail. • Crew competence – The engineering officers ... Read more.
In the field of condition monitoring there are a number of specialist technologies such as Vibration analysis; Lube oil testing; Thermography; Acoustic emission; Electrical signature analysis where competence can be assessed under an agreed standard. Shipping companies engage directly or via contractual arrangements individuals to provide CM support, diagnostics and prognostic advice as part of ... Read more.
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 ... Read more.
Every year the drilling operators experience large periods of downtime in their drilling activities due to time spent on unforeseen, but necessary BOP (Blow Out Preventer) inspections. This is very costly – we are talking about hundreds of millions US dollars every year for the industry in total. There is no doubt the BOPs are ... Read more.