Modernization of Shipyards, Manufacturing and Maintenance Facilities

NCMS Project #: 142166

Problem: The Naval Shipyards were designed to build and maintain wind and steam powered ships, which significantly reduces their efficiency in repairing today’s modern nuclear-powered ships. Current shipyards range in age from 109 years to over 250 years.  The four public shipyards have not significantly changed their overhaul process for many decades, using much of the same equipment and practices.  Aging facilities are contributing to longer maintenance times, increased costs, and reduced fleet readiness.  Naval Shipyards are resource constrained in the number of qualified personnel, material storage and delivery, equipment repair and replacement and security requirements.

Benefit: The project will establish the planning documents needed to create a process that can be replicated by the private or commercial industry to modernize their maintenance and sustainment facilities.

Solution/Approach: The project will encompass implementing and maturing a comprehensive decision analysis tool to determine the most optimal and cost-effective solution to support a future modernized approach to overhaul of ships and submarines.  This tool is digitally modelled and based on an automated Bill of Process (BoP)/Task Group Instruction (TGI) approach.  This approach will consider specific resource constraints while maintaining multiple ships in drydocks and pier-side simultaneously.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve warfighter readiness 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment errors and costs 
  • Maximize allocation of resources 
  • Enhance supply chain efficiency 

DOD Participation:

    • Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) PMS 555 and NAVSEA 04 
    • Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) 
    • Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNSY) and IMF 
    • Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) 
    • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY)  
    • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) 

Industry Participation:

  • Siemens Government Technologies 
  • Engineering USA 
  • Bechtel National, Inc.
  • Orbis 
  • LCE 
  • Main Sail, LLC 
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Facilities and industrial modernization