Net gains for yards
In today's tightly competitive, global shipbuilding environment, every opportunity has to be taken to squeeze cost out of the system, notwithstanding the considerable advances already achieved, especially over the past five years, in efficiency and productivity.
Each percentage point gain is to the good in an industry confronted with manifold, complex forces influencing reference price levels over-and-above the economics of supply and demand.
The fact that so much of the cost of a commercial vessel newbuild is represented by materials, equipment and machinery, typically accounting for around 60 percent of the total value, has hitherto been regarded as limiting the extent to which a shipyard can drive down costs through further improvements in processes and organization. But the era of e-commerce seems to hold out substantial new opportunities for increased cost efficiency in ship construction for those willing to grasp the nettle.
As a widely respected supplier of software systems tailored to the needs of shipbuilders and design engineering offices, the Swedish specialist firm Tribon Solutions believes that potential savings of up to 10 percent of total newbuild cost are attainable by using an Internet-based procurement system.
The tribon.com offering, to be launched at Hamburg's SMM Exhibition in September, will link yards, suppliers and shipowners in a global network. It will be centered around a Global Component Database, containing extensive, standardized data about the full universe of shipbuilding components, and modeling and design information facilities.
But the major value creation lies in the scope for savings offered by the companion, e-commerce functionality.
This will allow buyers to search for components and suppliers, issue requests for quotations (RFQs), run auctions, and place orders direct. Tribon Solutions, previously known as Kockums Computer Systems (KCS), bases its estimation of possible, aggregate savings on reductions in process costs, lower component costs through increased transparency and wider sourcing, and reductions in lead times. Major, recent initiatives in Japan and South Korea have addressed the scope for cost reduction offered by the application of the concept of the electronic market place to shipbuilding procurement. Tribon Solutions is nonetheless strongly placed in its endeavors by virtue of the fact that its nascent product will lend itself to integration with the company's existing design and information systems, in service at nearly 300 shipyards and design bureaus around the world.
Following the public unveiling at SMM, tribon.com is due to go live at the Tribon Users' Meeting on October 2 in Sweden.
Other stories from August 2000 issue
- Behemoth in the offing? page: 8
- Net gains for yards page: 10
- Double act for the Baltic page: 10
- Propeller & Shafting Symposium Set For September page: 13
- ShipDesk Strives To Carve A Niche page: 15
- Atlantis Interactive Inspects With ShipCheck page: 17
- EDG Elects New Marine Engineering Head page: 19
- Kvichak's Pilot Boat Comes Back From Flunking Test page: 21
- Repair Market Gains Muscle page: 25
- 'Waterfront Academy' To Teach Students About Shipbuilding page: 25
- Oceaneering Helps Historic Sub Recovery page: 29
- U.S. Vessel Loan Guarantees: Myths And Realities page: 31
- OpSail 2000: Parade Of Tall Ships Graces New York's Waters page: 34
- Construction Commences On Milestone Cruise Vessel page: 37
- Bollinger Delivers 254 ft. Multi-Service Vessel page: 37
- Shipbuilding in a Box? page: 39
- USCG "Paint Floats" Make Arduous Task Easier, More Environmentally Sound page: 42
- Passenger Vessels With Pedigrees page: 47
- "Classic Italian" From Finland? page: 48
- Costa Atlantica First To Earn RINA's Green Star page: 49
- Incat Launches Its Own New "Milenium" page: 59
- Mayflower Lines Is Newest U.S.-Flagged Operation page: 59
- WaveMaster Lands Ten Ferry Order page: 61
- MAN B&W Diesel Selected By TOTE page: 61
- ICCL Addressed Safety, ADA Features Of Cruise Ships page: 61
- U.S. Court Of Appeals Rules On Disabilities Act page: 61
- Welcome The Little Black Box page: 64
- Ruggedized Panasonic Notebooks Fit For Maritime Use page: 66
- Legal Matters Top Ship Repair And Conversion Agenda page: 67
- Astano Repairs Largest In Five Years page: 67