State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding: Towards Unique and Integrated Lean Production Systems

Karolis Dugnas1 & Oddmund Oterhals2

1MSc in Industrial Logistics, Research Assistant, Molde Research Institute (Møreforsking Molde AS), Britvegen 4, NO-6411 Molde, Norway, Phone +47 712 142 88, Karolis.Dugnas@HiMolde.no, www.mfm.no
2PhD in Engineering, Chief Research Officer, Logistics, Molde Research Institute (Møreforsking Molde AS), Britvegen 4, NO-6411 Molde, Norway, Phone +47 712 142 82, Oddmund.Oterhals@HiMolde.no, www.mfm.no

Abstract

The background for this paper is the Lean Shipbuilding R&D program, hosted by the Norwegian Research Council. The following shipyards participate in this program: Aker Yards, Kleven Verft and Ulstein Verft. Together they constitute a significant part (app. 75%) of the total Norwegian shipbuilding capacity. The paper is intended to give readers an essential theoretical support towards a better shipbuilding process. Together with the Lean theory review, current activities and plans for implementation of Lean principles at the participating shipyards are outlined and discussed as well. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations regarding both, theoretical and practical issues leading to further development of the Lean Shipbuilding concept and its application to different shipyards in the Norwegian context.

Keywords

lean shipbuilding, lean construction, project management, production system design, theory dissemination

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Dugnas, K. & Oterhals, O. 2008, 'State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding: Towards Unique and Integrated Lean Production Systems' In:, Tzortzopoulos, P. & Kagioglou, M., 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Manchester, UK, 16-18 Jul 2008. pp 321-331

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