Integrated Maintenance and Service Logistics Concepts for Maritime Assets (MaSeLMa)
December 10, 2013
In the maritime sector, service logistics support and maintenance of systems constitute a significant fraction of the exploitation costs. This is on the one hand due to the complexity and high capital value of the assets used in this sector and on the other hand due to the highly variable and mostly severe operating conditions encountered by ships and their subsystems. Moreover, since these assets are often operated at remote locations around the world, unplanned maintenance requires significant logistic effort and hence is very costly. This reveals that an important reason for the high costs for service logistics in the maritime sector is the uncertainty in demand.
The MaSeLMa project focuses on developing innovative concepts to improve the predictability of maintenance and service logistics demand on the one hand, and developing smart concepts of service logistics optimization, supply chain coordination and cooperation on the other hand. In that way, the project aims at increasing the service logistics efficiency for these maritime assets. Research is organized in three work packages. The first WP aims to increase the predictability of maintenance (i.e. prevent failures / reduce unnecessary maintenance). WP 2 focuses on the design of service logistics plans that generate optimal maintenance actions, with a specification of resources and materials requirements. And finally WP 3 aims to improve and extend cooperation for service logistics and supply chain management within and across different companies.