Since January 1993, the Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo shipyard in Portugal has been engaged in a program of productivity improvement. The approach was to involve key functional areas with wide involvement of yard personnel in driving the program. The consultancy team was small and acted as a catalyst and advisor on the management of change and the specification and implementation of new technology. The central theme was the establishment of workstation operations. The emphasis of the project was in developing a structured approach to productivity improvement through the implementation of "best practice". The objective was not to implement perceived latest technology, but to adapt the approach to suit local conditions and culture. To date the results have been dramatic and far reaching. The yard is now adopting a radically new approach to planning and production engineering, to the preparation of production information and to the organization of work on the shop floor.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Ship Production Symposium, Commercial Competitiveness for Small and Large North American Shipyards; 25-27 Jan 1995, Seattle, Washington, USA. Sponsored and publ by SNAME, USA. Pprs. Ppr 2 [17 p, 1 ref, 1 tab, 21 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Craggs, J
    • Bell, M
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Shipbuilding; Shipyards
  • Subject Areas: Construction; Marine Transportation; Terminals and Facilities;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00717148
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM