The Technical department is run by people with both academic qualifications and seagoing experience. It is staffed by engineers and naval architects with substantial experience and expert knowledge in a wide range of technical matters. Technical issues affecting the everyday operation of vessels are closely monitored, ensuring excellent quality machinery and equipment as well as high standards of maintenance. Extensive preparation and detailed specification reports for repairs and drydocks keep expenditure under control, while supervision by superintendents in shipyards and ports all over the world ensures that the vessels receive the best possible attention. This process is assisted by our planned maintenance computer program, which keeps a detailed record of past and future needs, identifying potential dangers — resulting in a low number of accidents throughout the company's long history. Great care is also taken over classification-related matters and validity of the class certificates.