Shipbuilding is a multifaceted industry requiring the coordination of many activities and relying on ever-evolving technology. Painting is an integral and costly part of this operation. This paper describes the Zone Painting Method, a new concept in ship construction which is based on the Product Work Breakdown Structure. The essence of the Zone Painting Method is proper planning and scheduling in coordination with hull construction and outfitting. Design and planning structures, as related to zone painting, are presented. Departmental responsibilities for those segments of the shipyard organization which impact painting are detailed. Finally, the planning process according to the three phases of contract planning, system planning and zone planning is delineated.

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