6 Shipping Companies Start Using 3D Printing Spare Parts

- Dec 31, 2019-

Recently, six shipping companies, including Carnival maritime, think ship management, OSM maritime group, Berge bulk, executive ship management and Wilhelmsen ship management, signed an agreement with the relevant subsidiaries of Wilhelmsen group to start using on-demand additive manufacturing spare parts, which is commonly known as 3D printing spare parts.

Not long ago, these companies launched the 3D printing project in Singapore, which is supported by the Singapore pier71 project, a port innovation project jointly built by the National University of Singapore Business School, Singapore Port Authority (MPA), EAP customers, MPa, DNV GL, and other important partners and stakeholders.

According to Wilhelmsen, the group's ivaldi group will provide spare parts to six ships selected by its customers around the world as needed. Through a unique digital and certification process, relevant parts will be produced on demand, i.e. without time-consuming and expensive storage, transportation, customs and receiving processes.

Hakon ellekjaer, head of Wilhelmsen's 3D printing business, said, "with 3D printing, digital inventory and on-demand localized shipbuilding spare parts manufacturing, we will be able to maximize cost savings, time and carbon emissions reduction, which is a huge opportunity for our important users to put them ahead of their competitors." "We believe that on-demand production technology will completely reshape the offshore supply chain," he added

It's clear that Carnival maritime agrees with the above. According to Sebastian Sala, the company's director of innovation and energy management, "Carnival has more than 100 cruises around the world and operates different routes. Adding 3D printing to our product portfolio for fast delivery of ship spare parts will be the first step for the cruise industry towards an exciting global logistics future. "

Similarly, the ship management company also saw the great value of the project, and many companies expressed their positive attitude towards signing the project.

Ashish Malik, deputy chief operating officer of Thome ship management, said, "the Thome group is committed to promoting and adopting innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of ship operation and further promote the company's asset management. We have seen the potential of 3D printing or on-demand additive manufacturing to become an alternative solution that can provide an easier, faster, more economical and more environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional maritime supply chain. "

"Working with Wilhelmsen ships service and ivaldi group, we are actively exploring the option of using this solution to build a structured supply chain for certain conventional materials and spare parts."

Peter schellenberger, head of MD oserv Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of the OSM maritime group, commented on the project, saying, "we clearly see that if we really believe that 3D printing can and will become one of the disruptors in the future, we must turn popular words into actions, so that they can start to become meaningful and reliable experiments." Changing the future is better than following the future. This project, as well as issues related to sustainable development, will be one of our main issues in the near future. "

Steen Lund, chief operating officer and group development director of executive ship management,

"Executive ship management believes in the value of the project to the global marine industry, and we hope to preliminarily apply the spare parts made of additive materials to our ships in a safe and controlled way without the approval of the classification society."

In fact, according to Xinde maritime network, Wilhelmsen ship management company and Berge bulk company have already benefited a lot from the convenience and flexibility provided by 3D printing spare parts in more than one year. Before that, they served as beta testers of the system.

Captain pathardhan J, general manager of WILHELMSEN Ship Management Singapore Co., Ltd., introduced that we saw the great potential of using 3D printing parts. Wilhelmsen marine services and the cutting-edge technology provided by ivaldi group will greatly benefit our customers, which is a very efficient, economical and environmentally friendly way to supply spare parts. We're excited about that. "

"We are excited about the possibilities that this will bring," said Teck Siang SIM, purchasing manager at Berge bulk. It is not only beneficial to the supply chain, but also to modify and improve parts based on the experience of end users. "

At the beginning of 2017, Wilhelmsen and ivaldi began to cooperate, introducing ivaldi's proprietary virtual warehouse and on-demand manufacturing technology into Wilhelmsen's global supply chain through ownership shares. Wilhelmsen can bring production closer to the end-user through its local micro plant. Starting with smaller polymer and metal parts, as well as 3D printing spare parts, can be delivered to ordered ships in a few hours. Compared with the traditional supply chain and logistics, this localized manufacturing method on demand also greatly reduces the carbon footprint.

In short, the project has the advantages of reducing delivery time, improving the availability of parts, simplifying the procurement process, reducing inventory and transportation costs. In addition, additional cost savings include reducing possible port charges by reducing maintenance delays and increasing the life of existing equipment.