Universal has been contracted to engineer and manufacture modular, freestanding and highly configurable custom platforms for vertical hull outfitting. The patented design has resulted in a decrease in platform set up time, increase in safety and a significant reduction in hull outfitting time. The design won an award for "Best Practice, Modular Work Platforms for Vertical Outfitting".
The new platform methods and procedures shorten the time required to ready a ship's hull for productive work from two weeks to two days, reduced budgeted man-hours, and compressed span times throughout the entire vertical outfitting process (37% in recent units). This process also reduced recordable injuries, increased the productivity of all trades, improved the organizational appearance, and raised the general morale of EBQP’s employees.