The Department of the Navy (DoN) is planning an upgrade effort to improve efficiency, accommodate new vessel designs, and replace aging dry docks in its four ship repair facilities:
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
The goals are to find savings in labor, energy consumption, and sustainment of facility and equipment infrastructure through improved shipyard processes, optimized shipyard (plant) layout aligned to the new processes — reduce transportation and motion of people/material and eliminated excess infrastructure and provide efficient buildings/equipment/utilities/networks/new technologies necessary to execute the improved processes and shipyard workload/schedules. Also, as objectives are to increase worker productivity, reduce overhead sustainment, such as wasted labor, overtime hours, wasted building space and excess equipment no longer needed, and lower energy costs.
The Naval Shipyards were primarily designed to build ships during WWII or before; not maintain them. A 2017 GAO report found that 53% of maintenance work on aircraft carriers were late and only 24% of maintenance work on submarines were on schedule. The backlog for vessel restoration and maintenance projects has grown by 41% over the last five years, to a Navy-estimated $4.86B and at this rate will take 19 years to clear. Shipyard design and layout, coupled with outdated equipment and processes are leading drivers to ship repair time and expense. Today, our shipyards are not meeting the Navy’s operational needs, resulting in greatly reduced ship readiness.
The GAO has recommended that the DoN develop a comprehensive plan to guide shipyard capital investment. Leveraging the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) vehicle business model, the DoN desires to partner with industry to modernize shipyard infrastructure and processes. This effort will initially address the needs of the Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard (PHNSY). Activities will include:
- Modeling and simulation of shipyard design and layout
- Trade studies/simulation for various energy savings options
- Includes capital investment requirements for both the industry partner and Navy
- Projected energy savings for the proposed Course of Actions (COA)
The ESPC is a Department of Energy contract vehicle that allows federal agencies to procure energy savings and facility improvements with no up-front capital costs or special appropriations from Congress.
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