The objective of the paper is to explain problems and offer a simple model of the production management in shipyards with an uneven production. Shipyards with flexible and different building programs frequently meet disturbances in their production caused by changes in designs and workshop drawings; these changes are due to owners' demands, overloading of capacity, and many other reasons. Such shipyards are constrained to consider it as their normal way of building ships. In order to stay competitive they have to organize the work-preparing process with integrated production engineering activities and an effective coordination of all participants in the building process. Essential scopes as well as the basic structure of the production management of a flexible shipyard are explained.

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