Vessels need to operate reliably and efficiently throughout their entire life cycle. It is crucial to have an optimal designed and maintained electrical and automation system at every stage in a vessels' lifetime.
The choices made during the new-build phase have an impact on the reliability, maintainability, and future proofness of the vessel during the entire lifecycle. In recent years, we have seen an increase in alternative forms of energy storage and generation to meet the new emissions regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Before detailed design and construction, Bakker Sliedrecht can conduct a conceptual study to analyze the added value of a system, energy carrier, or alternative form of energy generation. Also, a feasibility study can be done to see if a technology is feasible to be implemented.
During the lifetime of a vessel, components may wear out, become obsolete, or can be replaced by better performing alternatives. It is important to perform an early retrofit if components or (sub-) systems can no longer be maintained. In this way, a retrofit ensures the reliability of the systems on board. In addition, all onboard systems and the entire distribution can be improved with a lifetime extension or conversion. It extends the economic life by the desired period and (if necessary) adapts the primary function.
A well-organized service and maintenance organization is essential to ensure the availability and performance of the automation and electrical systems. Bakker Sliedrecht supports operators with advice and delivery of components and the service and maintenance of systems. In order to make this process run smoothly, joint agreements can be made on lifecycle management.
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Systems can be maintained both preventive and corrective. For each vessel, system, and component, we determine together with the customer whether preventive maintenance (based on time or condition) or corrective maintenance (repair in case of reduced performance) is best suitable. We replace damaged components during this last type of maintenance or perform software upgrades. Bakker Sliedrecht has an experienced spare parts department to ensure the correct components are on board. Bakker Sliedrecht also offers various training courses to give crew, designers, or builders insight into the operation and functionalities of the electrical and automation system.