Improvements in Ships Maintenance

NCMS Project #: 141072

Problem: Most shipyards were built for ship building and not ship repair yet repair and maintenance is where the majority of all business currently resides.  It is more important than ever that innovative techniques are used to maintain and sustain the large shipping vessels that the U.S. depends on to keep its economy running as well as maintain operational readiness.

Benefit: Finding ways to customize readily available commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment so that work can be done more safely and efficiently will result in considerable labor hour savings as well as resulting in a work environment that is safer and better for mechanics working on recycle projects.  

Solution/Approach: Commercial enterprises have developed incrementally improved products that can save time and money on the maintenance and sustainment of naval vessels.  In order to meet military standards and specifications, the equipment must be customized to meet the requirements.  Products and equipment from two separate industry partners will be investigated.  Modifications will be made to equipment and tooling to better fit the needs of the shipyard.  The equipment will be demonstrated and evaluated in a controlled setting at the shipyard, and any further changes required will be addressed until a satisfactory solution is achieved.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Enhance productivity
  • Increase safety
  • Reduce injuries
  • Decrease costs
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF)

Industry Participation:

  • CS Unitec
  • Swagelok NW Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety