Maritime Industry

Characteristics of the industry

  • Shipbuilding is characterized by unique and small series production, in which the ships are developed and manufactured specifically  for the customer (engineer-to-order)
  • The freight industry is still in a phase of consolidation as there is an overcapacity in cargo ships
  • The cruise industry is experiencing high growth rates in passenger numbers. Especially the Asian market stands out with double-digit growth rates

Typical challenges

  • Due to the high acquisition costs the capacity utilization of the ships constantly needs to be increased. Among other, this requires the continous reduction of dry docking times during maintenance work in the ports
  • Competition among the shipyards, some of which are funded by the government, leads to high cost pressure in shipbuilding. It therefore is imperative to reduce costs and throughput times by increasing efficiency

Potential fields of consulting

  • Ship maintenance: Reduction of throughput times by improving synchronization of individual trades, optimizing material provision, service management, among others
  • Shipbuilding: Reduction in throughput times by improving synchronization of individual trades, optimizing material provision, service management, standardization efforts, no name only several
  • Ship operation: Shorter turnaround days, increased efficiency in cabin cleaning, among others
  • Onshore services: Process streamlining, standardization efforts, among others

References

  • Optimization of the maintenance program and its processes and the associated material flow for an international cruise line
  • Development of an operational excellence program for the repair processes of a global ship supplier

Contact

Sven Borchert, Principal Industry Practice Maritime

Sven Borchert

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