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Six owners and managers sign up to Wilhelmsen programme for 3D printing of parts

Six major shipowners and managers have signed up to Wilhelmsen Marine Product’s early adopter programme (EAP) for 3D printed spare parts.

Signing up to the programme are Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Berge Bulk, Carnival Maritime, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management, which will them to utilise on-demand additive manufacturing.

Certified parts will be provided to the six customers vessels around the world through a partnership between Wilhelmsen and Ivaldi Group.

Hakon_Ellekjaer_portrait.jpg“The savings from reduced cost, time and environmental footprint provided by 3D printing, digital inventory and on-demand localized manufacturing of maritime spare parts is a tremendous opportunity for our valued subscribers to be ahead of their rivals,” said Hakon Ellekjaer, head of venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen.

The 3D printing programme was launched in Singapore Monday , with a reception at Pier 71, the port innovation driver created by NUS Enterprise and by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), EAP customers, along with key partners and stakeholders, including MPA, DNV GL and The Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, Anita Nergaard, were present.

The programme will give the six managers and owners the opportunity to properly assess the potential for 3D printing of parts and new opportunities that it could present.

Peter Schellenberger, md of OSERV, part of the OSM Maritime Group commented: “We clearly see that we have to convert buzzwords into action and embark on meaningful and solid trials if we truly believe that 3D Printing in shipping can and will be one of the future disruptors.”

Ashish Malik, deputy coo of Thome Ship Management, said, “Besides looking at the technology as a means for manufacturing items that are not available readily from regular sources, through our partnership with Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Ivaldi Group, we are actively exploring the option of using this solution for establishing a structured supply chain for certain regular stores and spare parts.”

Steen Lund, cco and group cdo for Executive Ship Management commented: “We look forward to bringing additively manufactured spare parts into use on our vessels in a manner that allows safe and controlled application initially of parts that will not require the approval of classification societies.

Both Berge Bulk and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have been using the service for the past year as Beta testers.

“We see great potential with usage of 3D printed spare parts. Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Ivaldi Group are providing cutting edge technology that will greatly benefit our customers - a highly efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly way of providing spare parts,” said Capt. Patwardhan J, general manager, Wilhelmsen Ship Management Singapore.

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