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The BSC MARINE GROUP applies Quality Assurance practices to ISO 9001.
Our management and quality assurance system centres around proprietary software named "SHIPSHAPE" founded in 1994 and developed fully in-house. The prototype design of this software, with "deemed mandatory features" unable to be found in any existing commercial software, went live in 1996 and after some two months of operating in parallel with existing systems the umbilical cord was cut and the system went stand-alone. Since that time it has operated without downtime. The system, running firstly on a Novell network (presently Linux), seamlessly integrates our design office with the production floor with real time control and management in relation to design / requisitioning, purchasing and receiving of goods / production and job management / and document registration and control.
SHIPSHAPE was conceived as a computer networked "paperleast QA system" for managing projects; effectively integrating design, manufacturing systems, purchasing and products, document control, and knowledge systems; which together comprise the quality system for our business.
SHIPSHAPE provides for timely reporting and control of all our internal and external documentation and correspondence; including project specifications, drawings, procedures and work instructions, inspection and test plans (ITP's), incl. the control of revisions to the above), job codes for time recording, production scheduling, non-conformance reporting, design change requests, surveyor comments, rules and regulations, external standards, meeting minutes, product R&D, product specifications, bill of materials, quotations, requisitioning of goods, ordering/purchasing system, receiving of goods.
Our quality control in design R&D, new vessel prototyping, and product integrity is achieved by design due diligence, review, compliance (standards, rules and regs), testing, correction and control.
QA Policy Manual and QA Procedures Documentation was completed by April 1998 and our formalised QA System has been in operation since that time.
Outline of SHIPSHAPE system
SHIPSHAPE is an integrated management information system providing timely and relevant information for the purpose of managing and assuring our quality and for effective management control of the ship design, marketing and building process. An outcome of any systematic approach such as SHIPSHAPE is that productivity is greatly increased by the effective and timely communication of objectives; budgets and daily tasks.
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