What are the factors determine the Planned Maintenance Schedule (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.
  • 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 

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