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Arbitrary Maintenance Increases Equipment Failure

By Kenneth Shakesby 2016-09-16 20:42:14

Traditional ship and MODU maintenance practices are centered around scheduled, time-directed maintenance tasks, based on the common belief that the more the equipment is maintained, the more its reliability, availability and lifespan will improve. ‚ÄčThis assumption is not correct, and it is time to reconsider how we maintain our vessels. Most time-based maintenance periods are arbitrary, based on initial OEM recommendations which go unquestioned by the shipowner and remain set throughout the vessel’s lifespan. The OEMs manufacture their products to their highest standards, but it is impossible for them to undertake a full analytical maintenance...

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Sixty-Eight Percent of Vessel Failures Can be Avoided

By Kenneth Shakesby 2016-07-31 19:40:10

How can we further improve safe operability and maintainability in shipping and mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)? Traditional ship and MODU maintenance practices are centered around scheduled/time directed maintenance tasks in the most part with a common belief that the more equipment and components are maintained, the reliability and availability, plus longer useful life will be realized. This assumption is wrong.   It is time to reconsider how we maintain our vessels? We are still implementing age-old maintenance strategies that...

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