Technical Management


Operating and maintaining seagoing vessels involves a wide range of technical management responsibilities. Here are some key aspects:

  • Safety and Compliance: Technical managers ensure that the vessel meets all safety and regulatory requirements set by international maritime organizations, flag states, and classification societies. They oversee the implementation of safety procedures, conduct safety audits, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations, such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.
  • Planned Maintenance System (PMS): Technical managers establish and manage a Planned Maintenance System for the vessel. This system includes scheduled maintenance tasks, inspections, and tests for machinery, systems, and equipment. It ensures that maintenance is carried out at appropriate intervals, minimizing breakdowns and maximizing operational efficiency.
  • Technical Operations: Technical managers oversee the day-to-day technical operations of the vessel. This includes monitoring and optimizing the performance of engines, propulsion systems, electrical systems, cargo handling equipment, and other critical systems. They coordinate with the ship’s crew and provide technical support and guidance when troubleshooting and resolving technical issues.
  • Dry-docking and Repairs: Technical managers plan and coordinate dry-docking operations, which involve taking the vessel out of the water for maintenance, inspection, and repairs. They collaborate with shipyards, contractors, and classification societies to ensure that necessary repairs, modifications, and inspections are completed during the dry-docking period.
  • Spare Parts and Inventory Management: Technical managers are responsible for managing the procurement and inventory of spare parts, lubricants, and consumables required for the vessel’s operation and maintenance. They maintain stock levels, coordinate with suppliers, and ensure that critical spare parts are available onboard as needed.

Technical managers develop and manage the technical budget for the vessel. This involves estimating and allocating funds for maintenance, repairs, dry-docking, spare parts, and other technical expenses. They monitor expenditures and ensure that costs are controlled within the allocated budget.

Crew Training and Competence: Technical managers are responsible for ensuring that the vessel’s crew members receive appropriate training and possess the necessary skills and competencies to operate and maintain the vessel’s technical systems. They organize training programs, assess crew competence, and provide guidance on technical matters.

Overall, technical management in seagoing vessels encompasses various activities focused on maintaining the vessel’s safety, reliability, and operational readiness while complying with regulatory standards and optimizing performance.