C-Job’s Building Supervision is a made-to-measure service that offers support for vessel construction and shipyard management. Not only for new build projects, it is also relevant for refit and conversion contracts too.
In defining the essence of what Building Supervision is, C-Job Project Manager Hans Stoit describes the service in straightforward terms. “I act as the intermediary contact between the client and the shipyard,” he says. Beyond his clear-cut explanation, however, is a sizeable scope of work.
Taking his current project (the renovation of an arctic icebreaker) as an example, Hans inspects the whole vessel twice a day to check the status of all the works required by the client. “From this, I have an accurate picture of the planning, the progress and the budget situation of the entire project.”
Weekly status updates
With this information at his fingertips, he is in the perfect position to communicate with both the yard and the customer. “I will talk to the yard to determine what extra support they need. This maybe supplementary technical drawings, for example, that our office-based engineers can provide. And we also use project management software to enable subcontractor work efficiency – so that everyone involved can take the right actions at the right time.” In terms of client contact, the way that Building Supervision has been set up means that Hans provides weekly progress reports containing all the relevant information as well as detailed photographs. “The benefit of this is that the client doesn’t necessarily have to visit the yard. They can see directly what is happening from these reports. This is something that we have heard a lot of positive feedback about.”
Saving time and money
To guarantee the smooth running of a project, Hans is typically on location five days per week. “Having a consistent single point of contact helps to prevent unnecessary mistakes that can cause unwanted delays and cost increases. It’s important to do things right the first time,” he says. And this is where the significance of well-executed engineering comes in: “This is actually one of the key issues. Everything that you can carry out during the engineering phase, and therefore don’t have to worry about during the production phase, will save the client ten times the budget of what it would cost to complete at a later stage.”
The fact that a naval architects office is involved with the actual hands-on work taking place in a shipyard is rather distinctive. “One of our USPs is that we can provide the whole package; from concept design all the way to vessel delivery. And because we have all the knowledge in-house to achieve this, this means we can act quickly to offer practically-driven engineering solutions to any problems that may arise. From the point of view of a ship owner or shipping company, it is quite unique for a naval architect office to have the capacity for this.”