Improved Management of Sandblasting Operations at Shipyards Will Enhance Productivity and Lower Ship Repair Costs

PLRD-83-50: Published: Mar 31, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1983.

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GAO reviewed several Naval shipyards in the continental United States to determine if weaknesses existed in the shipyards' reclamation, supply management, and storage of sandblasting materials.

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is responsible for improving management programs at Navy shipyards. However, GAO found, that it has essentially assumed a passive role in the management of sandblasting operations. NAVSEA depends on shipyard commanders to ensure effective sandblasting material management and on the Navy's surface preparation and painting committee to study preparation problems. GAO stated that, by depending on the individual shipyard commanders to ensure an effective sandblasting operation and the resolution of problems, NAVSEA has assumed a very limited role and provides limited direction on sandblasting matters. As a result, sandblasting operations at the shipyards vary, and the costs and productivity are sometimes adversely affected.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct NAVSEA to develop a method to evaluate the performance and economy of sandblasting materials and methods.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct NAVSEA to select the best blasting technique for preparing ships' surfaces before painting by considering such factors as the condition of the ship's surface and impact on the environment.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct NAVSEA to review sandblasting material procurement and storage practices to determine where consolidated and bulk purchases should be made, and upgrade sandblasting material storage where necessary.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should direct NAVSEA to conduct surveys to determine the conditions that make sandblasting material reclamation programs feasible and to determine each shipyard's potential for recycling materials.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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