Application of Waspas in Ehancing Reliability Centered Maintenance for Ship System Maintenance

I. Emovon, R.A. Norman, A.J. Murphy, M.O. Okwu


The key for achieving safe and reliable ship system operation throughout a vessel’s life cycle is the continuous use of an effective maintenance methodology for the machinery systems. A typical maintenance methodology consists of three major elements which include; risk assessment, maintenance strategy selection and maintenance scheduling. The degree of ship system safety and reliability greatly depend on the successful execution of these elements. One approach for the implementation of these elements is Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). However, the various tools used within the RCM approach all have one limitation or another which reduces the effectiveness of the method. This paper presents the Weighted Aggregated Product Assessment (WASPAS), a Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) tool used to enhance the RCM method in order to improve its effectiveness in marine maintenance system applications. Although the typical maintenance methodology consists of three components, this paper focuses only on two of these, namely; risk assessment and maintenance strategy selection. With respect to risk assessment, WASPAS has been combined with Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) along with Standard Deviation (SD).  The maintenance strategy selection task has also been executed using a combination of WASPAS and SD. For both components, WASPAS is applied in the ranking of alternatives whilst SD has been used in the weighting of decision criteria. To illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed enhanced RCM methodology, a case study of the central cooling system of a marine diesel engine is presented.

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ISSN : 2180-3811       E-ISSN : 2289-814X

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