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Q: What does Seaworthiness
assess? -- AB Jonathon Wilson, HMAS
A: Seaworthiness is a definition we
have established that looks to assess
the attributes of a platform.
Its materiel state, its people, its
information systems and the data
it supplies. It's trying to take into
account the whole of the platform, not
just bits of it.
It's trying to get an assessment of
Q: Will extra time for maintenance
be addressed by the seaworthi-
ness program? -- PO Jarrod Murfett,
A: One of the things seaworthiness
management is supposed to do is allow
us to make decisions on what we are
seeing. As long as we get visibility of
an issue then we can make decisions
on that issue.
If one of the requirements is we
have longer time to do maintenance,
then that's what we should be consid-
Whether that will occur or not is a
decision that will be made within. Of
course, a number of other decisions
sit around it. But that's what we are
expecting, if longer is needed to do
maintenance then we take longer.
Q: Will Seaworthiness provide
money to fix the problems identified
in the program? -- AB James Matters,
A: Seaworthiness management at the
end is about servicing all of the rel-
evant information necessary for us to
determine what we have to do with a
Whether it be for the maintenance
of the materiel, the training of people,
additional supplies or information that
is missing; it's about attempting to get
all of that information together and
then determining where the highest
priority is for money.
There is obviously money available
in the system; it's about making sure it
is spent in the right areas.
Q: If ships don't meet the safety
requirements on board, what pro-
cedures are put in place to ensure
ships remain operational and capa-
ble? -- ABSN Jae McKindlay, HMAS
A: The seaworthiness management
system is supposed to provide us with
the information we need to be able to
make the decisions to control risk.
Seaworthiness Q & A
Head of Navy Engineering RADM Mick
Uzzell answers questions from sailors about
It's not about saying there is no risk
because there is never no risk.
It's about making sure we are
informed of the risk -- every element of
risk that exists -- and making the right
decisions to control the risks we have
to control in that circumstance.
Q: If a certificate is not held to a high
standard, who is accountable for
this? -- LS Lee Hunter, HMAS Perth
A: The seaworthiness management
system will have components to it.
One of those components will be
the technical seaworthiness manage-
ment system. That will be requiring
ships to hold certificates for materiel.
Those certificates say the materiel
has been maintained in accordance
with its design intent, that its material
condition is relevant for its age and
that no changes have been made to this
piece of equipment -- that is the basis
of a certificate.
If a certificate isn't held, then it
means one of those conditions is not
valid. Either the maintenance hasn't
been done, its material condition is
not what it should be, or a change has
In any of those cases what that
means is there is a level of risk asso-
ciated with using that equipment of
which we may not be fully aware.
So if the certificate is not achieved
what it means is someone has to make
a decision about the use of that equip-
It's not as if a certificate not being
issued means you can't do something
-- it means you have to ask questions
about what you can do.
ON THE RECORD:
RADM Mick Uzzell
asked by sailors
on video about
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
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