In Meyer Turku Shipyard Lean philosophy guides the construction of cruise ships

A year ago the German Meyer family, specialised in the shipyard industry, acquired the Turku shipyard located in Perno. Since then, the new owner has succeeded in setting the operations of the Turku shipyard on a new course. After years of poor results, the shipyard is now seeing a period of positive growth.

At the moment, there are three vessels under construction: the 212-meter LNG-operated (liquefied natural gas) vessel for Tallink Silja, and two 300-meter cruise ships for Tui Cruises which are designated to sail the Caribbean waters. In addition to the ongoing projects, contracts have been signed on four other vessels, and construction will start during the next few years. It takes approximately two years to complete a single vessel. According to Meyer Turku shipyard’s hull production Development Coordinator Petri Uotila and System Specialist Petteri Soininen, there is work in Turku for shipyard workers for at least five years.

– Increased production means also recruiting new employees. We must be efficient in hull production as well, so that we can deliver the vessels as agreed, says Soininen with a smile.

One of the tools used in production development is the ARROW Machine Track system. At the moment, Machine Track is used to monitor the operations of 12 robots and 10 numerically controlled automated machines. The system is used by the robot operators, foremen, and shipyard maintenance personnel alike. The main target for measurements is efficient operating time, but information regarding disruptions and waiting periods is also gathered. The collected data is used to make component production more efficient.

–For example, a couple of years ago we implemented a development project on the bulkhead line based on Lean procedures, in which we utilised the data collected by Machine Track to optimise production. As a result, the production of bulkhead metres was doubled. Now we have implemented Lean methods on other production lines as well, says Uotila.

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