Project Management

"The following document describes the system of project management for
new buildings or any other projects."

When this office controls a projects; our aim is to increase the efficiency, earnings and quality of the vessel. The vessel is built only once but operated several decades. Attempting for a little detail during construction will make a lot of earnings during operation. We are focused on low maintenance construction, failure free and less labour operation, low fuel consumption, quicker cargo operation and proper machinery choice etc. Beside such points, the building quality and classification, and flag authority rules are our other concerns.

In order to succeed these goals we can describe our services in several steps as here after:

1. Contract Negotiations
Drawing Approval and Equipment Choise
Site Inspections
Commisioning and Trials
Guarantee Period

1. Contract Negotiations

Directly working and discussing with owner for setting up the basic specification of the vessel. In this time owner describes his expectations from the vessel (capacity, speed, fuel, aim, trade zone etc.)

Evaluation of the shipyard specifications for the details and quality of the vessel. Or producing a technical specification with owner.

Participating in negotiation meetings between shipyard and the owner representatives for a complete and proper technical specification.

In this stage it is important that contract covers the rights of owner to follow the building period. That must include having the right to;
• Have represantatives at the yard and workshops of the subcontractors
• Check and approve drawings
• Approve the equipments
• Join the meetings with classification and authorities
• Inspect the construction on site
• Join the commissioning and trials

2. Drawing Approval and Equipment Choise

After contract is signed and shipyard starts to prepare drawings and order the equipment. In this time it is important for the owner to follow those jobs. That is for verifying compliance with agreed specification, owners needs, quality and modern practice.

It is a common practice that the contract has a maker list with 3 alternatives for each equipment. The owner side here must be careful for approving the correct equipment, i.e. the one easy and cheeper operated, needs less maintenance.

Making a small change on an arrangement can save the vessel more space for cargo. A different equipment can save fuel consumption. A simple change on a piping system can simplify the operation and maintenance.

It is a correct time for such controls and approvals. It can stop conflicts between parties and it can save a lot of costs which need to be done on a later stage of contruction.

During drawing approval and equipment chosing, Castle rocK is in close cooperation with owner representatives and prepares periodical reports.

3. Site Inspections

When actual building starts, Castle rocK can follow the following items;
• Steel Construction
• Painting and Conservative Coating
• Engine Room Installations
• Piping Works
• Cargo Arrangements
• Accommodation and Other Arrangement Woks

This step covers;
• Surveying at site and at workshops to ensure the quality and compliance with drawings, rules, makers instructions and agreements
• Reporting of the progress
• Reporting and following the anomalies
• Ensuring the equipments installed onboard are free from faults and damages
• Acting as a contact/coordinator link between owner, shipyard, classification society and flag authority
• Attending and participating in technical meetings and correspondance
• Evaluation and following of credit/extra cost items

At this stage it is also wise that the owner assigns a crew team at the yard. Then Castle rocK works as a point of balance.

4. Commissioning and Trials

At the final stage of building;
• Joining to the commissioning works of the equipments with maker service engineers
• Joining performing quay and sea trial with rules of classification guides of makers
• Reporting and asking for corrective action in case of problems, following such items until correction
• Preparing reports with the shipyard representatives
• Taking over the vessel technically from the yard

5. Guarantee Period

After ship delivery;
• Following the guarantee problems reported from the vessel
• Discussing the problems with shipyard representatives and finding the quickest solution for the yard
• Reporting during and at the end of the guarantee period