The key to preventing equipment failure claims is found in a vessel’s planned maintenance system (PMS), writes Alexianna Kalafati and John Southam from the North P&I Club.
Preventing breakdowns of vessel equipment and machinery requires high standards of maintenance, but even well-maintained equipment fails. If that failure leads to commercial disputes and cargo claims, the shipowner will need to prove that the right procedures were followed.
A good Planned Maintenance System (PMS) is essential for the safe and efficient operation of a vessel. The ISM Code requires that a ship is run without harm to people and the environment. This means ensuring all safety-critical equipment, cargo equipment and machinery are inspected and maintained in line with regulations and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
As well as helping to make sure that maintenance is performed in a correct and timely manner, a properly executed PMS provides vital evidence when defending or pursuing a claim.