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Revision A, July 13, 1998

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  • Revision: Revision A, July 13, 1998
  • Published Date: July 13, 1998
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: US Navy (NAVY)
  • Page Count: 42
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:



The POLAR Class Icebreaker Reliability Improvement Project (RIP) is intended to increase reliability and decrease corrective maintenance, and the out of service time of mission essential equipment and systems. RIP will correct items identified as high in maintenance cost and manhours; and low in supportability.

This project was initiated in FY-89 for the Polar Class Icebreakers to correct design deficiencies, which impact reliability and maintainability; and renew equipment nearing the end of its service life. The project is intended to halt the rapid escalation of maintenance hours, costs required to ensure the cutters meet their operational commitments and ensure the ships remain reliable through the end of their designed service life of thirty years. With only two polar icebreakers in service, reliability is essential to the safe and successful completion of their missions.

The RIP work items are discussed in enclosures (1) through (4).

The project scope is limited to the items listed in enclosure (2). These items were identified by the Machinery Evaluation Board (MEB) on the POLAR SEA in 1986, further refined during a meeting with Commandant (G-OPN-1), (G-SEN), MLCPAC and PACAREA in April 1990. Due to changes in the cutter's operational schedule and resultant equipment deficiencies, further defining was accomplished during subsequent Technical Review Boards held at MLCPAC and NESU Seattle between June 1993 and November 1995. Upon completion of the first RIP availability, on Polar Star, further investigation of the task items was required. In October 1997 a scope validation meeting was held in Seattle with Commandant (G-SEN), MLCPAC, NESU Seattle, Polar Star and Polar Sea.

a. Design: The performance requirements will be established by the MLCPAC using input from Commandant (G-SEN),(G-OPN-1), Engineering Logistics Command (ELC) and PACAREA.

(1) MLCPAC will develop the performance package (specifications and drawings) describing items/systems to be removed/modified and suggested equipment to be procured and reinstalled in their place for each of the items listed in enclosure (2) less the CPP System Upgrade.

(2) MLCPAC shall refine the performance package into a specification suitable for commercial contract. The commercial contractor that is awarded the design/installation contract will develop the final detailed design. For the CPP system, MLCPAC shall perform all the preliminary design work including evaluation of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations for design and equipment improvements. The final detailed design package will be developed for MLCPAC by the commercial contractor working with the OEM, if necessary, to incorporate the design modifications.

(a) MLCPAC will develop a performance specification package to obtain a detailed design, the new equipment, and installation of the new equipment in accordance with the detailed design.

(b) Existing general arrangement drawings and system diagrams will be provided to the commercial contractor to define the performance of the new system configurations. No detailed system arrangement drawings will be provided. The commercial contractor responsible for the equipment installation will accomplish this level of detail. The ship checks required for detailed design will be accomplished through the commercial contractor awarded the installation. RIP personnel located at the Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU) Seattle will be tasked to assist in these checks.

(c) Standard specifications covering standard work items; such as temporary services, contractor performance, routine welding procedures, etc., will be supplied by MLCPAC. Specific requirements considered to be non-standard; such as special welding procedures, special alignment procedures, test procedures, etc., will be provided by the installation contractor. The commercial contractor performing the installation will develop final design specifications and drawings.

(d) The ELC will be an active member of the Design Review Board for any CPP design changes. MLCPAC will incorporate the results of the DRB into the performance specifications as appropriate. Once finalized, the performance specifications establish the scope and technical content of the work items that will be provided to the commercial contractor for the detailed design development and installation.

b. Execution: Performance specifications shall be used by MLCPAC to develop the procurement package for detailed design, Long Lead Time Materials (LLTM) and installation, on both cutters, corresponding to each phase of the project.

(1) The ILS Manager and his/her support staff will prepare LLTM procurement packages that will be provided as GFE for solicitation with ELC assistance as required.

(2) Any task items scheduled outside of normal project phases and requiring detailed design specifications, will be developed by MLCPAC or commercial firms at the Project Officer's discretion


This instruction promulgates COMDTINST M9000.8A, the Polar Icebreaker Reliability Improvement Project Management Plan (PMP) that defines the organizational framework by which the Reliability Improvement Project (RIP) is managed. This instruction serves as a guidance and reference document for planning, programming and management personnel involved in the RIP; as well as, those personnel requiring information about the RIP.