ARLINGTON, Va .– The commander of Naval Sea Systems Command said efforts to improve vessel maintenance availability planning are yielding positive results and helping shipyards get the job done.
Vice Admiral William Galinis, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, speaking Oct. 19 in San Diego during the Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium, said a key measure – maintenance delay days – “really hasn’t changed from year ’20 to ’21, but there are” a lot of positives “.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected shipyards and their workers, but Galinis stressed that no shipyards had to be closed during the pandemic. But he said the Navy is starting to see more of a backlog in the supply chain.
A major factor in the days of maintenance delays was the difficulty and complexity of some of the ship modernization programs, he said.
The admiral said that in fiscal 2021, private sector shipyards delivered 40% of ships on time from their maintenance periods, while Navy shipyards delivered around 55% on time.
Galinis noted some positive developments.
“We are really starting to see some good work coming out of the planning efforts,” he said, including the use of ship class maintenance plans.
“We are now seeing that about 60% of the work going into free time is directed maintenance that comes straight out of classroom maintenance plans,” he said. ” It’s a plus. What we need to do now is standardize that work availability based on availability, port to port, as best we can, always knowing the ship is getting a vote. ”
Galinis also noted an improvement in the development of work packages.
“We block the work package on time per year,” he said. “I think we have almost reached 100% in [fiscal] ’21. It’s a huge, huge plus: to stabilize the workload in this period of time. We have to deal with the work that comes to the package after this point. ”
He also noted that the contracts with the shipyards had been issued earlier – on average 115 days, almost four months, before the start of work – “a real benefit for the shipyards”.
Galinis said the Navy needed to assemble the project teams sooner from the regional maintenance center, the shipyard and the ship’s crew. He also said that there is work to be done to ensure the completeness of the work and the quality of the specifications.
He also noted that progress has been made in getting advanced materials to the shipyards before the start of the project improves.
“We are currently at over 95% of getting material to the shipyards” before the start of the project, he said.
Galinis sees promise in the increased use of data analytics and artificial intelligence, that by bringing these tools into the planning process “we’re going to see an almost exponential increase in improvement in this area.”
Managing the amount of change in a work package continues to be a challenge, he said, noting that changes in the lot can have a “significant impact” negatively affecting on-time delivery.