Why Mintek’s Transcendent, an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System is a good solution for Cruise Ships.

Automating Inspections, Preventive Maintenance and Work Orders With EAM On A Cruise Ship

Cruise ships often sail with 1000 people or more in what can be described as a self-contained ecosystem. As part of this system cruise ships must process enormous amounts of waste including sewage, solid and hazardous materials. Any failure of the equipment used to process this waste can lead to contamination, illness, corrosion as well as significant image issues with the public. Therefore it is essential that cruise ships regularly inspect for leaks, corrosion and potential blockage of valves and bilges.

“Cruise ships carrying several thousand passengers and crew have been compared to floating cities, in part because the volume of wastes produced and requiring disposal is greater than that of many small cities on land.”Source: Cruise ship pollution in the United States

The ability of the cruise ship maintenance crew to react quickly to discovered issues is far more crucial than land based communities as passengers are unable to leave until port destinations are reached.

Increasing Maintenance Flexibility and Reaction Response

The secret to making sure maintenance crews have the capability to react quickly to problems is the reduction of overall reactive maintenance. This can be accomplished by increasing the amount of pro-active maintenance. By increasing the amount of pro-active maintenance, crews will discover problems before they become major, expensive or health damaging events.

A good rule of thumb is 80 percent of work orders should be pro-active (preventive maintenanceinspections) and 20 percent reactive work orders. By moving towards an inspection and preventive maintenance oriented workflow cruise ship staff will operate far more efficiently, overtime will be reduced and more staff will be available for those inevitable immediate repair jobs. Most importantly, equipment will be maintained at optimal efficiencies with far less downtime.

How an EAM Can Organize The Work

Once an EAM is implemented with all asset detail such as equipment, parts, location, description and so on, the system is programmed to schedule inspections using handheld devices with preloaded inspection questions. Responses are then entered into the menu driven program and may be immediately transmitted back to management for review and work order determination. Preventive maintenance can either be done as problems are discovered or scheduled at a later point in time. An EAM will also automate the scheduling of all work orders as well as record the results. This collection of history will make for better inventory planning along with more accurate asset lifecycle projections.