Procedure for estimating the effectiveness of ship modular outfitting


  • Rajko Rubeša
  • Nikša Fafandjel
  • Damir Kolić


The shipbuilding industry plays an important role in increasing employment and productivity of the national industry. It is especially important when the market has fallen due to the influence of the global economical crisis. This paper is based on modular outfitting concepts which are used in modern shipyards, with the aim of optimising the shipbuilding production process by increasing the portion of modular vessel outfitting as a way of shortening the duration of the shipbuilding process, reducing costs and increasing competitiveness without investing in new facilities, machines and tools. To illustrate the cost savings potential obtained by this research, a comparable procedure for cost benefit estimation for a conventional strategy versus cost estimation for a modularised design approach and relevant build strategy is developed. On the basis of the results it is possible to measure cost benefit as a consequence of using the modular outfitting concept within the shipbuilding process.

Author Biographies

Rajko Rubeša

3 Maj Shipyard, Rijeka, Croatia

Nikša Fafandjel

Građevinski fakultet Sveučilišta u Rijeci, Rijeka, Hrvatska

Damir Kolić

Građevinski fakultet Sveučilišta u Rijeci, Rijeka, Hrvatska