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Purpose of ships planned maintenance system and how to use it

From the requirements of the ISM, code shipowner must have written plans, procedures, and guidelines for the shipboard operations on a particular vessel (including how cargo is loaded, stowed and secured) and the maintenance of the ship and its cargo equipment. This inevitably means that these procedures will be subjected to scrutiny in the event of loss or damage. In this context, of even greater significance is the reporting system required by the Code whereby reports on problems encountered are generated. Appropriate corrective action is to be taken to remedy the defect in the way the ship is operated. Then monitoring of the change is implemented to ensure the revised system works. All of these steps must be fully documented.

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It does not take a vast stretch of the imagination to visualize a situation where many incidents have arisen with a vessel which, if taken together, point to a severe defect of the ship herself or the way in which she is operated. The implications of this for seaworthiness or indeed for the position of the owner with his hull underwriters will depend on the circumstances of the case, but ISM cannot be ignored when considering the factors that determine whether a vessel is seaworthy.

The purpose of the shipboard planned maintenance system (PMS) is:
  1. To ensure that all maintenance is carried out with adequate intervals and under the planned maintenance system's schedule.
  2. To maintain and keep all engines, machinery, and technical components in good working order at all times, avoid stoppages and maintain charter party speed and consumption requirements.
  3. To avoid interruption and oversight of work by covering all of the work.
  4. To make clear demarcation between onboard and shore maintenance work.

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How To Use
  1. The "Planned Maintenance System" shall be under the supervision of the "Onboard Management & Maintenance Committee."
  2. The Chief Engineer, Chief Officer, or First Engineer shall record the maintenance and inspection results.
  3. The completed Data of "Planned Maintenance System" of both deck department and engine department shall be approved by chief officer and chief engineer respectively then checked by the Master, and submitted to the Technical Superintendent in charge accompanied with the vessel's comments for improvements every month.
  4. The Technical Superintendent in charge shall ensure that the "Planned Maintenance System" is working in order and shall respond to the vessel's comments with relevant instructions.
  5. The maintenance intervals of each article in the system can be adjusted when necessary; the vessel shall request the Technical Superintendent in charge of the established form.

Composition of “Planned Maintenance System”: The system is composed of the deck department and engine department. The deck department covers cargo related, radio-related, and catering related equipment.

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