Training & Education

Port Engineer’s and Owner’s Representative’s Course

  • Dates: September 25 to September 27
  • Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Seats Remaining:
  • Price: $2,475.00
  • Instructor: Dr. Kenneth Fisher, Fisher Maritime Consulting
  • Location: Camosun Costal Centre, 100 Maplebank Road, Victoria BC, V9A 4M1

Course Description:

Fisher Maritime's Port Engineer's & Owner's Representative's Course is a lessons-learned course designed for the shipowners' personnel to help assure shipowners receive the maximum value for money spent in ship construction, repair, and conversion contracts.

The program is designed for personnel who:
Prepare specifications
- Accompany the ship to the shipyard
- Arrange for new/growth/change work during contract performance

DAY 1 - Preparation of Specifications for Ship Repair, Conversion, & Construction

- Defining the scope of work
- Technical documentation requirements
- Identifying the required type of specification
- Common problems with specifications
- Shipyard schedule & updates for workscope
- Content/form of owner-furnished equipment
- Support services provided by the contractor
- Delivery of owner-furnished equipment
- Environmentally-related services
- Integration of owner-furnished equipment
- Contractor's engineering and design responsibilities
- Condition reports for open & inspect items
- Identification of interferences
- Orders to proceed based on condition reports
- Review of contractor's sketches & drawings
- Identifying necessary tests & trials
- Third-party approvals and inspections
- System and compartment close-outs
- Use of “optional” & “conditional” work items
- Disposal of hazardous & toxic materials
- Most-probable vs. most-definite workscope
- Work performed by the ship's crew & vendor
- Identification of entire workscope for items
- Review of the contractor's equipment selections
- Use of vendor's representatives
- Facilities & services for the owner's representatives
- Shipyard estimates of hours & materials
- Bid or pre-negotiated rates for services

DAY 2 - Applying Principles of Contract Management to Daily Project Tasks

- Foundation for success is in the workscope definition
- Engineering responsibilities, drawing approvals
- Contractor's obligation to ship check
- Managing classification and CG items
- Significance of pre-contract communications
- Managing OFEcommitments
- Cancellation of basic workscope items
- Programmed vs. random inspections
- Responsibility to identify interferences
- Documenting the shipyard's deficient work
- Rules of precedence between documents
- Standards for approvals and rejections
- When regulations have precedence
- Progress payments and approval of them
- Identifying hazardous materials on the ship
- Reacting to shipyard's failure to achieve commitments
- Disposal of hazardous materials
- When the owner fails to fulfill contract commitments
- Agenda items for project's kick-off meeting
- Avoiding litigation threshold if disputes arise
- Transfer of custody and control of the ship
- Dealing with force majeure & vendor delays
- Identification of all of the port engineer's responsibilities
- Measuring the shipyard's and your performance
- Advance development of the port engineer's spreadsheets
- Withholding payments for incomplete work
- Monitoring schedule commitments
- Credits for deleted work upon vessel delivery
- Vessel delivery with agreed-upon disputes
- Managing warranty issues, retainage funds

DAY 3 - Shipyard Change Order Negotiation, Pricing, & Scheduling

- Examples of successful and other changes
- Credits for canceled basic work items
- How timing affects the cost of changes
- Shipyard's vs. ship owner's estimates
- Identification of real change in workscope
- Overhead costs in changes
- Change work as a substitute for basic work
- Putting advance limits on negotiations
- Dealing with contractor-suggested changes
- Choosing a negotiator or negotiating team
- Avoiding constructive change orders
- Identifying & neutralizing negotiating tactics
- Multi-level change order authorization
- Lead times and durations for change work
- Engineering & procurement for changes
- Identifying schedule impacts of changes
- Identification of all involved crafts
- Determining delay entitlement for changes
- Support services necessary for change work
- Getting change work on a competitive basis
- Obtaining advance pricing commitments
- The shipyard's perspective on indirect costs
- Limiting direct-billing crafts for changes
- When to allow indirect effects in pricing
- Identifying the non-obvious scope of work
- Avoiding letting OFE/GFEcommitments cause a change
- Credits when changes replace basic work
- Identifying when a change is mandatory
- Using the changes clause to your advantage
- Use of THE CHECK LIST before making commitments

Please note, this course includes catered lunch.  Please notify us if you have any food allergies and we will accomodate.  Thank you.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact Michelle at or 778-265-5005.