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Hibernation maintenance system for P&O Ferries

  • Friday, 20 January 2012 | News

UK ferry operator P&O Ferries has recently taken delivery of Marine Software's MPM Hibernation upgrade for the vessels European Seaway and Pride of Dover, after deciding to put these vessels into lay-by.

The MPM - Marine Planned Maintenance product was originally installed on 18 vessels during a fleetwide software purchase in 2005, along with Marine Software's centralised Spare Parts, Procurement package and CODA finance system integration.

This upgrade will ensure that all next due calendar based jobs not outstanding at the hibernation date will be suspended, as most machinery equipment will not be running during this period.

For manned vessels during hibernation, planned maintenance job issue lists will only include those scheduled due jobs for actual running machinery, along with any outstanding jobs at hibernation.

Once the vessel returns to service, the MPM system will automatically advance most calendar based PM (planned maintenance) job routines forward by the exact number of hibernated days.

This re-schedule feature means that crews will not need to manually re-schedule all next due calendar dates into the future from the re-activation date.

Not all calendar based PM jobs will be automatically hibernated, as the software has been specifically designed not to suspend Class Survey Jobs so these continue to remain active during the hibernation period.

Some machinery will also still operate during hibernation, such as the Main Engines, Generators, Domestic Services and Compressors, should a skeleton crew remain on-board. These particular PM job cards will be switched into normal mode during hibernation as a requirement still exists to continue maintenance tasks on this running machinery.

Other equipment that has specific expiry dates such as Liferaft annual servicing, Hydrostatic Release renewals, Pyrotechnics, and Davit Wire replacements can also be switched to remain active during hibernation ensuring all expiry dates are adhered to.

Should a vessel go into an extended hibernation period such as a hot or cold layup, additional job cards can be created for dedicated layup type maintenance routines.

"Following our close working relationship with Marine Software, it was apparent that P&O Ferries would benefit from the acquisition of the MPM Hibernation software upgrade," said P&O Ferries, in a statement.

"It provided flexibility for our Chief Engineers to develop their planned maintenance programme to ensure all Class and Flag state surveys were still covered and capture the critical equipment and regular service of machinery. This proved cost effective with reduced maintenance of the ships whilst non-operational and maintained safe operations without reduction in maintenance standards."

"As each vessel returns to service, the Chief Engineer re-activates the relevant tasks captured under the Hibernation process and the MPM system operates as normal with minimum impact on the engineering team, but with respective surveys being maintained on schedule."

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