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Wolfard & Wessels Aims to Create Added Value

At Wolfard & Wessels, we decided to go back to the drawing board. As a company, you can fall into the trap of thinking that everything revolves around your product. In practice, your product is not the ultimate end, but rather a means to an end. With this insight, you approach your product differently. How can we better deploy our company as a means?

What are the objectives in shipbuilding and shipping, both for new buildings and refits? What can we do to make these end products faster, more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more profitable? Our aim is to provide answers to these questions, create added value for shipyards, shipping companies and other partners in shipbuilding.

This way providing added value means something more than just carrying out one part of installations for a ship. And if you can do your part efficiently – i.e. faster and using less material – you can save time and money, which delivers added value. We aren’t the only party installing installations on board. We see insulation, engines, electricity and automation, panelling, lifts, interiors and computer networks. A workflow has arisen in which each construction participant is doing their own engineering. This sometimes causes problems in the overall implementation. Installers have to work with what is installed by other parties. This is inefficient and costs time and materials. Now imagine if everyone knew in advance exactly where and how everything is to be installed. This way there would then be no requirement to devise your own solutions on the spot. Instead, you can prefabricate components into the ship yourself.

All parties involved should strive to deliver high-quality installations for the ship that meets the requirements and international regulations in the area of safety and sustainability, within the agreed timeframe. The more efficient and effective this is done, the better. Bringing all the parties together, preparing collective engineering, and working it out in 3D allows us to not only show precisely how and where to maximise production efficiency for all facilities, but also to create an optimal workflow.

The guiding principles are the common good and meeting the objective. It’s profitable for every participant to work efficiently and effectively. We are the lynch pin in this: we facilitate and engineer. We always rely on each other’s expertise to achieve success in a project. Our experience is that working this close together from start of a project results in optimised designs and end products.