Vessel Delivery Services by Alaska Survey Associates L.L.C., Michael Terminel, SAMS® AMS®, Eagle River (Anchorage), Alaska Alaska Survey Associates L.L.C.
P.O. Box 772423 Eagle River (Anchorage), Alaska, 99577
Call: 907-360-2145 or 907-280-8771
Fax 907-726-0510 - Email:
Michael Terminel
Principal Marine Surveyor
United States Coast Guard Unlimited Master
Over 35 years in the Maritime Industry
Serving the Pacific Northwest including Hawaii and Guam
Will travel Domestic and Internationally
Colton Terminel
Marine Surveyor
U.A.A. School of Engineering, Student
Hunter Terminel
Marine Surveyor
Alaska Army National Guard "Deployed"
Demi Shaffer
Marine Surveyor
USCG Licensed Master

Project Management
Project Management Project Management is a unique, transient endeavor undertaken to achieve planned objectives, which could be defined in terms of outputs, outcomes or benefits. A project is usually deemed to be a success if it achieves the objectives according to their acceptance criteria, within an agreed timescale and budget. Hiring a Project Management team is one of the best things you can do if you are not able to attend yourself. As an owner or stakeholder you need to have an experienced management team that is protecting your financial interest. A perceived $120k dry dock can go to $300k real fast. Yards need to be vetted prior to signing a contract. We will make a site visit to several yards and establish a working relationship with the yard. We will make a recommendation on what yard will be beneficial to your needs. Don't be mistaken, we work for the vessel owner. So your best interest are our biggest concern. We need to know ahead of time what the yard's strong assets are and what we have to contract out. We hold the yard accountable and question everything that is not in the contract and hold them to the contract to assure that what you pay for, is what you get. No substitutions. If the yards knows that we will come unannounced to check on them they are less likely to pad the invoice.

When would you use project management?

International and domestic shipyards are a complex place that can add significant expenses to a solid plan. This is not a business-as-usual activity. This requires an experienced team of professionals to carefully evaluated all aspects of the project. Our management team brings people together temporarily to focus on specific project objectives. As a result, effective teamwork is central to successful projects.

Project Management is concerned with managing objectives to quickly complete the project on time and on budget. The way the work is managed depends upon a wide variety of factors. The scale, significance and complexity of the work are obvious factors: relocating an engine part from France and organizing your spring ports of call are two totally different objectives, but they use many of the same procedures to get the job done.
  1. Why is the project necessary, is it cost effective, what are the gains?
  2. What are the resources to complete the task?
  3. Will delivery times be executed on time for supplies, parts and equipment?
  4. Are the expenditures justified?
  5. If more than one owner are they all in agreement on the expenditures?
  6. Creating a strong management plan for the project.
  7. Motivate the owner's employees and shipyard workers increasing productivity.
  8. Risk Management.
  9. Time Management.
  10. Budget Management.
  11. Maintaining Communications with owners and stakeholders.
  12. Maintaining Strict Confidentiality.
  13. Political Climate.
Why do we use project management?

Investment in effective project management will have a number of benefits to the project stakeholders. Our Project Managers will optimize the yard period to allow for the necessary work to get accomplished within the agreed budget and timelines. To get this completed we will mitigate the following areas on a day to day basis.
  1. Shipyards are properly vetted before committing to any contract for services.
  2. Ensure a strong written contract is established to protect your interest.
  3. Mitigate all risk and safety of your personnel while on yard property.
  4. Verify yard carries acceptable insurance and indemnifies clients and their workers in the yard.
  5. Manage owners crew and personnel through yard period.
  6. Verify that your vessel is not delayed while the yard works on vessels that just came to the yard, increasing your cost and delaying delivery.
  7. Verify that only contracted work gets completed.
  8. Verify work hour invoices for technicians are in line with actual work being conducted.
  9. Ensure Inferior materials are not used or not to specifications that cannot be observed after delivery.
  10. Verify that qualified technicians are being used and approved procedures are being followed.
  11. Ensure that Sea Trials and installed Equipment Testing is completed on time.
  12. Ensure Electronics and Communication packages are installed properly and function tested.
  13. Detailed spreadsheet of progress is reported straight to the owner or designee.
  14. Verify work is being completed to code and regulatory requirements.
  15. Establish contact and work with USCG for any regulatory inspections.
  16. Establish contact and work with Flag State for any regulatory inspections.

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