Prudential Installs Fleetwide Preventive Maintenance Program

Spyros S. Skouras, chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Lines, Inc., has announced that the shipping company has embarked on a fleetwide preventive maintenance program. Mr.

Skouras said maritime systems engineers from the Stanwick Company of Norfolk, Va., ushered in the program by installing preventive maintenance systems aboard the S/S LASH Turkiye in mid- January, and the S/S Santa Isabel in early April.

Eventually, the Prudential fleet, comprised of four LASH class, six Lucia class, four Magdalena class, and two Jet class vessels, will have tailored maintenance programs. As the f o r e r u n n e r American-flag shipping line in the adoption of a comprehensive planned maintenance program, Prudential hopes to reduce its overall ship maintenance and repair costs.

Mr. Skouras said that Prudential's planned maintenance program will result in fewer unplanned equipment repairs, a reduction in time-off service, more efficient use of shipboard mainteengine nance resources, less dependence on shore repair facilities, and longer equipment life.

The systems installed and those planned provide recommended maintenance and the means to schedule, record, and report maintenance actions on all shipboard equipment. This is a prototype system developed for the Maritime Administration utilizing advance software, communications and EDP systems.

Spearheading the inauguration of the project on the first LASH class vessel and the first Lucia class vessel for Prudential Lines are Thomas V. MacEwen, director of engineering, A.P. Knox, marine superintendent, and Jack E. Robinson, assistant director of engineering. Implementing the system aboard the S/S Santa Isabel are Capt. Edward Calabrese and chief engineer Merle Bevington. Richard E. Kelly, director of Maritime Systems Department for Stanwick, developed the preventive maintenance systems with Stanwick engineers John W. Viele, Jack A. Garwood and Robert J. Meurn.

For complete information on the preventive maintenance system, write to Richard E. Kelly, Stanwick Company, 3661 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Va. 23502.

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