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EDITORIAL 2/2016 CERTIFIED FOR SUCCESS? Subcontractors of the marine industry need to stay on their toes – as the bar is set quite high. According to a recent University of Turku study (composed by Brahea, the Centre for Maritime Studies) top qualities in a subcontractor are perceived to be the ability to stick to the schedules, reliability, quality and know-how. These same issues kept surfacing in the report, time and again, as the researchers sought to find out – in addition to most important qualities – also PUBLISHER PubliCo Oy Pälkäneentie 19 A FI-00510 Helsinki Finland Phone +358 20 162 2200 areas for development and those reasons that led to the termination of subcontracting. But what is the significance of being certified? How important is EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Petri Charpentier this in the eyes of the maritime players? Perhaps it comes as a surprise to some that in the ranking of the desired attributes, ‘Necessary PROJECT MANAGER certification (e.g. CE markings)’ comes in at 11th. However, with a Jaakko Lätti grade of 3.73/5, the certification issue is assessed to be a good deal closer to ‘important’ than ‘somewhat important’. Talking about quality, the report states flat out that most EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Vappu Virtanen customers do not require the use of a quality system as such. Proof of know-how must be provided, of course, but this can be achieved via references, recommendations and audits. The report also shows that GRAPHIC DESIGN Riitta Yli-Öyrä ‘Necessary certification’ is one area where the study participants do not see eye-to-eye (as is the case with most issues), and that there are those who value it quite high, while others downplay its significance. For example, the interviewed shipyards do not require their subcontractors to use audited quality systems if the company’s CONTRIBUTORS Sami J. Anteroinen Merja Kihl Ari Mononen own project management and quality control are deemed to be of sufficiently high standard. Still, the offshore industry runs a tighter ship in this regard. For COVER PHOTO Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd instance, Technip’s Pori operations insist on subcontractors having quality systems and standards in place: normally there won’t even be a deal without a ISO9001 certificate. PRINTED BY PunaMusta Oy A quality system and audits were assessed to be ‘especially important’ also by Rolls Royce and Steerprop. Both of these companies have their own audit teams which verify and document – together with the suppliers – the quality of the deliveries. The ‘Open comments’ section of the study provided further food for thought. Subcontractors had very specific ideas about how to improve their operations, ranging from quality systems and recruiting to visibility and marketing. Still, first and foremost on subcontractors’ mind – as they peer into the future – is controlling production and the ever-important costs. PETRI CHARPENTIER All rights reserved. This publication may not be used in whole or in part to prepare or compile other directories or mailing lists without the written permission of the publisher. Measures have been taken in the preparation of this publication to assist the publisher protect its copyright. Any unauthorized use of the data herein will result in immediate legal proceeding. 2 seatec 2/2016