What are the factors determine the Planned Maintenance Schedule (PMS)?

 FACTORS DETERMINING PMS
  • The plan must be carefully thought out, well controlled, and an efficient recording system must be kept up to date.
  • Provisions should be made for spare part replacements due to wear and tear maintenance. There should also be a method for ordering spares as soon as replacement items are used.
  • The plan should include the availability of appropriate equipment for breakdown maintenance due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Manufactures advice should be complied with and all manufactures maintenance logs should be completed.
  • Dry-docking and repair period should be integrated with the plan.
  • The plan should be constructed so that the appropriate equipment is bought up to optimum condition for statutory and classifications surveys.
  • The maintenance of safety equipment and emergency team training should be integrated with the overall maintenance plan.
  • The length of voyages, routes and trades that the vessel is involved in must be considered.
  • The plan must be flexible so that changes of orders or cargoes do not upset it unduly
  • The plan must be adaptable to various weather conditions.
  1.  SHORT TERM MAINTENANCE WEEKLY INSPECTION AND GREASING (WHEN POSSIBLE) AS PER PMS
  • Oil baths, if any, in winches and windlasses
  • Wheels on steel hatch covers
  • Door hinges on mast houses
  • Ventilation system flaps and ventilators
  • Cleats on external weathertight doors
  • Anchor securing arrangements
  • Booby hatches to cargo holds
  • Sounding and air pipes
  • Fairleads, rollers
  • Derrick heels
  • Winches and windlasses

Fortnightly inspection and greasing as per  PMS 

  • Accommodation ladder and gangway
  • Lifeboat falls and blocks
  • Davit pivot points
  • Fire hydrants and monitors
  • Fire hose box hinges
  • Quick release gear on bridge wing life buoys
  • All life buoys
  • Life raft securing arrangements
  • Securing bolts on international shore connection
  • Steel hatch cross joints and quick acting cleats
  • Hatch gypsy drive wheels and followers
  • Hatch contractor panel fuses, electric cables and connections, motor heaters
  • All external butterfly nuts
  • All external electric cables and deck lighting arrangements

Monthly inspection and greasing as per PMS  where necessary

  • Life boat falls for broken strands
  • Co2 cylinders in gang release system
  • Fire detection systems
  • Breathing apparatus and associated equipment
  • Ladders on masts and ventilation posts
  • Radar mast rigging
  • Fire gauze
  • Freeing ports
  • Scuppers
  • Hatchway non return valves
  • Ship side guard rails
  1. LONG TERM MAINTENANCE THREE MONTHLY INSPECTION AND/OR OVERHAUL  AS PER  PMS
  • All cargo gear
  • Navigation light connections
  • Hold ventilation systems

Six monthly inspection and/or overhaul as per PMS

  • Cargo winches
  • Strip all mooring rollers
  • Fresh water tanks
  • All running gear, strip blocks and derricks
  • Cofferdams and void spaces
  • Forepeak and after peak
  • Remove ventilator cowls and grease the coaming test dampers flaps and locking screws
  • Hold equipment such as spar ceiling, limber boards, double bottoms, manholes, wells bilge’s strum boxes .

Yearly  inspection as per  PMS

  • De rust and repaint derricks
  • End for end lifeboat falls
  • Watertight seals on hatchways
  • Loosen spare anchor securing bolts, lubricate all anchor parts and re-secure
  • Rotational cleaning and painting of store rooms, alleyways, cabins and mess rooms
  • Strip the windlass and aft mooring winch
  • Standing rigging
  1. OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE TO BE CARRIED OUT WHEN NECESSARY
  • Anchor cable marking
  • Check mooring ropes and wires before and after use
  • All gantlines before being used on stages
  • Pilot ladder and hoists, gangways, accommodation ladders and associated equipment before and after use
  • Check anchor and cables stowed properly
  • Test fire fighting appliance before entering port
  • Test manual and emergency steering arrangements before entering coastal waters.
  • Cargo Securing arrangements.
  • All cargo gears and hatch closing arrangements before and after use .
  • Check hydraulic oil in any system.
  • Fumigate and spray holds as necessary.

 

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