The UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is an integral part of the Royal Navy. The RFA supplies fuel, equipment, ammunition and rations to Royal Navy warships during deployment. In addition the RFA provides aviation support for the Royal Navy, and amphibious and secure sea transport for Royal Marine and Army units. The RFA fleet includes tankers, stores ships, landing ships, a forward repair ship and an aviation support ship with a casualty reception facility. The RFA employees approximately 2,300 civilian officers and ratings and is one of the largest employers in the British shipping industry. A system was required to eliminate paper-based and manual processes to reduce administration and optimise internal resource.
A Dynama solution was implemented to provide the effective planning, deployment, tracking and utilisation of crews. The implementation of one solution, both ashore and afloat, has ensured consistency in the management of personnel with accurate, real-time information. The application supports many areas of human resource management including the appointment of RFA seafarers to the correct billets. Dynama is used to ensure that vessels’ databases are fully replicated to help the hub at HQ and that all locations are working with the most recent data, particularly regarding leavers and new joiners. This greater visibility enables the RFA to adjust policies and recruitment ensuring sufficient crew, with suitable skills to man the fleet of the future.
Operational benefits include:
“The versatility of Dynama allows me to tailor the system to suit the needs of the organisation. This reduces support costs and allows requests for change from the users to be implemented expeditiously”.