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Maintenance Knowledge Management – To reduce the likelihood of repetitive errors and reduce labor, the team took lessons learned and codified them in process, procedure and policy. For example: • The Coast Guard CB-OTH boat inspection list that was provided at the start of the program was significantly expanded to help identify deficiencies when the boats were initially inspected. Additionally, for every deficiency identified, a standardized repair was

then linked to it. This allowed for the same highly effective repair to be made each time.

of the program for trends to help eliminate systematic problems.

Failure Reporting and Casualty Action System (FRACAS) – Every discrepancy noted in the program was meticulously recorded, maintenance history reviewed, assessed for its root cause and a recommendation made as to how to prevent it recurring. All failures were recorded in a database and enabled an overall assessment

Communication and Transparency – There were two key areas where communication and transparency ensured the success of the program. A cloud-based, collaborative Microsoft SharePoint site was utilized to facilitate teamwork. The site was available to all key maintenance stakeholders within the Coast Guard Small Boat Product Line, BMT Designers & Planners and all key subcontractors. The status of each boat, its inspections, repairs and tests and associated costs could be found on this site. The Small Boat Product Line also did an excellent job of educating the cutters on the pooling processes and the role of the cutter in the process. Furthermore, the Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) Commander was kept up to date by the Small Boat Product Line of any problems with cutters not performing their role properly or mistreating the CB-OTH assigned to them for a patrol. Mistreatment was typically not intentional but as a result of poor understanding of the technical data and occasionally poor quality workmanship.

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Senior Management Support – As anticipated, there was initially some push back, however, resistance to pooling is no longer a challenge given the significantly improved material condition and reliability of the boats. An additional key factor in ensuring buy-in from the cutters was the support of the LANTAREA Commander. Late last year, the Coast Guard’s Small Boat Product Line awarded a nationwide contract to Marine Group Boat Works for inspection, repair and testing of MK II/III & IV CB-OTHs with 40% of the work being accomplished by contract and 60% of the work being accomplished by government industrial support organizations. With the addition of the MK IV boat, the size of the pool has expanded to just over 100 and the cutters boats are being delivered to include the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) in addition to medium and high endurance cutters. As is evidenced above, implementation of a rotatable pool for small boats has proven highly successful for the U.S. Coast Guard. However, well executed rotatable pools that focus on improving reliability can also be utilized in many other applications including, but not limited to engines, compressors, capstans and windlasses. Essentially, any piece of mission critical equipment that can be easily removed and repaired off site should be considered for a pooling program with the goal of improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs.

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