ULJANIK Shipyard is Croatia’s largest and most profitable shipyard. It builds state-of-the-art, internationally acclaimed vessels, including passenger ships and tankers, Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) ships, trains, car and truck ferries, livestock carriers, dredgers, and fishing boats.
ULJANIK Shipyard wanted to improve its shipbuilding planning and project management capabilities to protect its leadership position in an increasingly competitive global market. Using Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management, the company eliminated bottlenecks in planning and manufacturing, improved ability to monitor progress and quality, and cut costs throughout the production cycle. ULJANIK Shipyard also improved resource allocation, forecasting, reporting, and scheduling and budgeting accuracy.
“We have also considered solutions from other providers, but only Oracle Primavera P6, offered a quality replacement for the legacy shipbuilding planning application. It provides a multi-user, multi-project environment and a centralized database, while integrating easily with our other IT systems,” said Emil Kožljan, Head of IT System Development, ULJANIK Shipyard.
Primakon d.o.o. and ULJANIK Shipyard have worked together for almost seven years. ULJANIK Shipyard selected Primakon based on the company’s track record in Croatia and its extensive system and project management knowledge.
The two companies first started working together in 2005 on a pilot project for Oracle Primavera. Primakon implemented Primavera P6 to accelerate the shipbuilding planning process. In three months, Primakon trained seven users, tested the solution by transferring and verifying data for one ship, created standard reports, and migrated plans for active projects to the Primavera platform. Over time, Primavera P6 adoption expanded across the shipyard, which created the need for additional development and modifications.
The second implementation phase began in 2006 and extended the use of Primavera to the hull manufacturing process. The shipyard created its own Web application PRAMAR based on Primavera Integration API, which improved manufacturing productivity and efficiency.
“Over the years, Primakon has provided implementation services, helped us to successfully train some 20 project managers, and provided consulting and support services. Most important, Primakon consultants showed good understanding of shipbuilding processes, which was, along with their expertise, the main reason for our ongoing cooperation,” Kožljan said.