Original Date: 05/20/2002
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Vessel Logistics System
As the needs and requirements of the Coast Guard logistics community evolved, the Maintenance and Logistics Command-Pacific met the challenge with the integration of three major Vessel Logistics Systems: the Fleet Logistics System, Configuration Management Plus, and the Supply Center Computer Replacement. The integrated system addresses the Coast Guard’s requirements in the areas of configuration, maintenance, supply, and training management along with parts procurement management and technical support.
As the needs and requirements of the Coast Guard logistics community evolved, the Maintenance and Logistics Command-Pacific (MLCPAC) met the challenge and developed the Vessel Logistics System (VLS) by integrating three major systems: the Fleet Logistics System (FLS), Configuration Management Plus (CMplus), and the Supply Center Computer Replacement (SCCR). As shown in Figure 2-2, the heart of the VLS is the FLS which is the central database for the entire VLS and supports the maintenance business of the MLCs and their subunits. It also acts as the distribution point for all vessel logistics information and is located at the Operations System Center. The system uses a visual basic user interface which is driven by an Oracle database. It has multiple applications linked to meet the original five functional areas of the FLS requirement: configuration management (CM), maintenance management (MM), supply management (SM), procurement management, and financial management. The FLS uses information from CMplus and SCCR to satisfy many of the needed requirements.
CMplus is a Coast Guard developed application built and maintained by the Department of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation System Center in Boston, MA and has three modules: Configuration Management (CM), Maintenance Management (MM), and Supply Management (SM). The CM module addresses configuration change requests; allowance change requests; configuration tracking; and parts removal. The MM module addresses corrective maintenance actions; shoreside maintenance projects; and hull and machinery history. The SM module addresses part ordering, receipt, and storage; hazardous material controls; and bar code usage.
The SCCR is an integrated provisioning, supply, inventory, procurement, and financial management application for the Engineering Logistics Command and Coast Guard Yard. The SCCR module was developed under the FLS project to replace aging supply center computer hardware and serves as a foundation for the FLS. Figure 2-2 also shows a fourth system, Large Unit Financial System/ Contract Information Management System, which addresses financial information. The integration of this system into the VLS is making progress.
Figure 2-2. Vessel Logistics System
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