Maintenance and Repair Damage Assessment and Repair Verification


PIL Maintenance and Repair (MNR) department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of containers.

This includes vetting all repair recommendations submitted to PIL.

These repair recommendations are done by third party quantity surveyors who inspect PIL’s containers upon their arrival at any port.

If the surveyor discovers any damage that he deems as requiring a repair, he submits a repair recommendation to PIL with below

  • Container number
  • List of damaged components
  • List of recommend repair actions
  • Images taken of the container



Problem #1

Using the images uploaded for each recommendation, a PIL staff has to verify that:

  • The container number tallies
  • Each damaged component listed can be found in the images
  • The recommended repair for each damaged component is reasonable given the extent of the damage detailed by the images

The images uploaded are not labelled to suggest which damage component it captures, and the PIL staff has to manually comb through all the images submitted for each repair recommendations to manually verify all the above pointers.

Problem #2

The next step in the container repair process after the container has been verified to require the specific repair job is to decide whether to repair the container locally or to reposition it overseas for a cheaper or higher quality repair.

The factors affecting the decision include:

  • Type of the container needing repair
  • Shipping schedule
  • Availability of the type of repair and the difference in cost of repair in the different ports.
  • Agreement rates of terminal cost of the port.

The team either sacrifices a huge amount of time to read through the details of the tariffs or to decide based on past experiences, which may not always provide the best course of action for the particular repair case.

Pain Points

  • A lot of manual and redundant work involved
  • Repetitive and unproductive work done by MNR staff
  • Lack of a streamlined process
  • Dependency on personnel due to the required experience in the verification process


Desired Outcome

We are seeking a solution that automates and improves the productivity of the maintenance and repair damage assessment and repair verification process. The proposed solution should provide the following features:

  • Automated recognition, labelling of survey results (images, reports etc.)
  • Automated classification of damage
  • Automated recommendation for type of repair
  • Automated smart suggestion regarding repair location
  • Automated smart decision on optimized repositioning of repaired equipment

Note that the images of existing damage components of the containers will be available to the solution provider for training.


  • Ship owner
  • Depots
  • Damage surveyor
  • Equipment Owner
  • Repair company/depot



Further Details

Further details of the challenge statement may be found at the Briefings Page, in the form of video recordings of the virtual briefing sessions, Q&A transcripts and presentation slides if available.



Instructions on Submitting Proposals

Download the proposal submission form in Microsoft Word format at the 'Attachment' section of the Challenge Statement Listing Page and fill in the details of your project proposal. You can then proceed to the proposal submission page by logging in and clicking the 'Submit Proposal' button on the right side of this page, where you will have to fill in the form fields and attach the filled Microsoft Word project submission form before submitting. Do also upload supporting documents/files that may support your proposal.



TCC Enterprise


Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd


Big Data, Data Analytics

Proposal submissions are open from 22 Jul 2020 to 29 Sep 2020