In 2012, the Royal Norwegian Navy began a series of initiatives to improve material management and control. Based on the experiences from that campaign, we are now in the early stages of launching a more extensive effort to update and modernize the entire technical management regime.
There are many reasons for this decision, one of them being that the navy is no longer exempt from civilian law and the Maritime Safety Act. The Seaworthiness Act was repealed in July 2007 and replaced by the Maritime Safety Act, which applies to all ships belonging to the Royal Norwegian Navy, or ships used in its service. This requires a comprehensive revision of our technical management systems. Another reason is that our maintenance process today is too reactive.
During the campaign, we will look for bottlenecks in the maintenance process behind the continuous delivery of certified ships. Examples of such hindrances could be a lack of spare parts planning or the inadequate planning of the maintenance process itself.
This will include assessment and updates of all major maintenance specifications. How to conduct and follow up maintenance, and the use of modern maintenance methods will also be an important part of this plan.
Together with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation, the Royal Norwegian Navy will work to introduce organizational and quality-based solutions for a new and future-oriented management regime, aimed at significantly improved force readiness in the future.