Ship Conversion Project Monitoring - From the Customer's Viewpoint
MARITIME ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC
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Over the past ten years, the Maritime Administration MARAD has awarded and administered contracts for the major conversion of 15 vessels. Each of these projects involved vessel reactivation as well as conversion, and each contract was awarded on a fixed price basis. The combination of fixed pricing and vessel conversionreactivation creates a challenge to shipyards bidding for the contract, in that price competition is intense, while at the same time an unknown level of growth work can be expected in the vessel reactivation portion of the project. Moreover, the project being bid, inclusive of anticipated growth work, must be integrated into the overall order-book within the shipyard. The need for careful planning by the shipyard from the beginning of bid preparation through the end of the performance period is clearly evident. This SNAME paper, however, addresses not shipyard planning but continuing project monitoring and progress evaluation by the shipyards customer. Such monitoring includes on-going comparisons between the shipyards planned and actual performance with respect to resource application and schedule adherence. From a technical standpoint, it involves compliance with contract and specification requirements. And finally, from a financial standpoint, it includes project progressing to provide the basis for periodic payments to the shipyard for completed work.
- Marine Engineering