The National Shipbuilding Research Program: Report on a Shipyard Surface Preparation and Quality Program
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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In 1991, the National Shipbuilding Research Program NSRP approved a project with the original intent of transferring the parameters of the Steel Structures Painting Council SSPC Painting Contractor Certification Program PCCP to U. S. Shipyards. The PCCP included requirements for quality improvement and quality assurance throughout a contracting organization, such as a third party invited by a shipyard to conduct work in ship repair or maintenance activities. Following extensive review of the purpose and content of the project by the National Shipbuilding Research Program SP3 Panel volunteer group, the direction of the project was altered. The feeling of the review group was that an effort which embodied the quality components of the original PCCP program. decoupled from the external review and certification aspects, was appropriate. As the primary products of this research project. SSPC developed Quality Program Training Modules. These training modules were designed for use at shipyards that rarely employ external contractors and offer training and skill improvement to both trainers and Deckplate personnel. SSPC. in conjunction with Bath Iron Works BIW and representatives of the United States Navys Inspector Group. conducted a series of training sessions offering the substance of this Quality Program to both Deckplate and managerial personnel.
- Marine Engineering