Shipbuilding and ship repair includes the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of ships. Ships require robust designs and continuous maintenance and refit operations to keep them in good working order. Technical, operational and regulatory matters for maritime operations are constantly evolving, there is a need to advance knowledge on current and emerging issues in shipping and construction.
With new environmental regulations coming into force considerations will need to be given to retrofitting or the design elements of new builds. Technology and innovation appear to have different implications for the shipbuilding and repair/maintenance sectors. For shipbuilders, it offers the possibility of new materials, new designs and new types of vessels to be constructed. For maintenance/repair crews, it mainly offers a way to increase productivity and efficiency of procedures.
Many repair and maintenance operations expose workers to inherently hazardous work environments, working with toxic chemicals, complex machinery and even at heights and enclosed spaces. When in shipyards, either for repairs or during construction, the safety of the ship and its personnel is to a large extent dependent upon the shipyard's own Safety Management System. In addition, there is often high pressure placed on maintenance technicians to keep the downtimes of the ships as low as possible and consequently working to respect deadlines as much as its technical expertise means that ship repair and maintenance is extremely challenging.
The Ship Maintenance, Repair and Safety Special Interest Group (SIG) brings together ship and dockyard owners/operators, ship builders and marine engineering experts to share best practice in safe and responsible operations and will provide well informed independent technical information to policy makers, encouraging development of practical solutions and fit for purpose regulations including updates to SOLAS, safety standards and design arrangements.
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