"Don’t just think, do! Gordian facilitates universities and companies to work together on implementable, scientific solutions that will strengthen the business. We are doing this in four specific maritime experimental fields."
– Eindhoven University of Technology – University of Twente – Netherlands Defence Academy – Gordian Logistic Experts –
Royal Netherlands Navy – Damen, Thales – Imtech – Fugro – Alewijnse – Pon Power – Seamar – Mes Marine Services – Copernicos Groep – Asset Management Control Centre – Maritime Campus Netherlands – Dutch Institute World Class Maintenance – Loodswezen – Bolidt – Dinalog
Maselma stands for: Integrated Maintenance and Service Logistics Concepts for Maritime Assets. In the maritime sector, the maintenance and related logistics activities of systems form a large part of the operating costs. On the one hand, this is due to the one-off nature and complexity of the capital extensive equipment that is used in this sector and, on the other hand, by the variable and generally difficult conditions that the vessels and their subsystems operate in. Because these assets are often globally deployed in remote locations, unexpected maintenance can also take a great deal of effort to organise and, therefore, be extremely expensive. This means that one of the major reasons for the high cost of logistics services in the maritime sector is demand uncertainty.
The project aims at developing innovative concepts to improve the predictability of maintenance and the demand for maintenance logistics. Also this project makes a serious attempt to materialize the increased predictability by using this (advanced) information in smarter maintenance logistics plans. For example sending a spare part just before a system fails (increasing uptime) or pooling supplies to vessels (reduce costs).
It is expected that the results of the project will provide a significant reduction in the total cost of ownership. In addition, we expect new and sustainable value propositions for OEMs, systems integrators and service providers. At the same time, from a scientific perspective, the expectation is that the innovative approach of integrating maintenance, maintenance logistics and collaboration within the supply chain will have a major impact.
Summarizing, the key results will be:
- Smart models for predicting maintenance, i.e. preventing malfunctions/unnecessary maintenance.
- Adequate maintenance logistics planning for optimal maintenance, with a specification for necessary resources and materials.
- Realistic, sustainable and more comprehensive supply chain collaboration within maintenance, service logistics and supply chain management.