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The perception of maintenance of technical assets has been subject to considerable change since the 1940s. Where it was ﬁrst considered as a necessary evil, to be carried out only after an asset breaks down, in more recent years maintenance is considered as a business function which a company can beneﬁt from. Within the maritime sector there seems to be interest in the beneﬁts of maintenance as well. Therefore Alewijnse Marine Rotterdam has commissioned a research project the objective of which is to contribute to the setup of a third party preventive maintenance service.