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Svitzer harmonises planned maintenance across its fleet

Towage and salvage company Svitzer has begun a process to establish a central database for all of its vessels as it attempts to harmonise its planned maintenance system (PMS) on a fleet-wide level, adding new software modules and rebuilding the whole component structure of its PMS database.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The project will include an expansion of its use of the SERTICA fleet management software package, developed by Danish company Logimatic, adding a Jobtext Management module as a foundation for the central database and creating a new spare parts management system within the application.

Svitzer will use these new software modules to create a Technical Management System, and to ensure that all main equipment spare parts are added to a single Spare Parts Management System to provide data that can be used to inform procurement discussions with relevant suppliers.

“The idea of linking the Management Systems and Jobtext Management modules arose at one of the yearly SERTICA conferences. We were very much inspired by Ultraship who explained about the benefits of doing this. The cooperation amongst the shipping companies using this PM system is a huge benefit of partnering with Logimatic. In addition, we can propose custom changes to SERTICA and have these implemented accordingly,” explained Evangelos Fragkoulis, chief technical officer at Svitzer

“As we have a large fleet and operate globally, it is crucial for us to be able to control the content of maintenance jobs easily and centrally. Not only is it ensuring a harmonised standard, but it further improves the performance and user experience of the crew as they always have the right data and manuals at hand. We are also ensuring that all the vessels have a standardised Planned Maintenance System.”

“We no longer talk of sister vessels but rather sister equipment. It has completely changed our mindset. We want to utilise the vast experience of our crew, so in case a chief engineer comes up with a very clever change request to our maintenance jobs, then we make sure we replicate this new maintenance standard to all our sister equipment across the Svitzer fleet with the push of a button.”{/mprestriction}

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