‘Maritime world’s first’ commercially 3D printed parts

3D printed scupper plug delivered to bulk vessel. Credit: Wilhelmsen

Bulk vessel Berge Mafadi, owned by Berge Bulk, has received the ‘world’s first commercially available’ delivery of 3D printed scupper plugs, as part of global maritime products and services group Wilhelmsen’s Early Adopter Program (EAP).

The EAP was launched, in partnership with Ivaldi Group, a manufacturing company, in December 2019 and provides customers with exclusive access to on-demand additive manufacturing for spare parts around the world. Customers that are part of the EAP include Berge Bulk, Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management.

Wilhelmsen is also working closely with classification society DNV GL on streamlining the documentation process and adhering to rules and standards. Every 3D printed part created goes through a quality-controlled process and is given a unique print passport number.

“Wilhelmsen, Ivaldi, and DNV GL are testing a new universal part tracking system for purposes of quality control, part evolution and traceability of parts. The first 3D printed scupper plugs have been given unique identifying codes and are logged in a trial system that should enable tracking throughout the lifetime of the part,” said Simon Ratcliffe, business transformation manager, DNV GL.

“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,” said Hakon Ellekjaer, head of venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen.