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Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has selected Wilhelmsen consortium to develop 3D printing technology for the marine industry.

The consortium will join a joint industry project (JIP) awarded by MPA under its Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund.

This project is one of the eleven projects that have been awarded a total of $1.63m by MPA.

Led by Wilhelmsen, the consortium includes names such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Wartsila, Hamworthy Pumps, DNV GL.

Some of the end-users already part of Wilhelmsen’s 3D printing customer programme are also participating in the project.

Kawasaki said that it is aiming to develop digitalised spare ship parts by using 3D printers at ports to print the parts.

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The project is aimed at maximising a safe vessel operating period and increasing the availability of spare parts in case of any emergency.

Kawasaki added that it is also working towards creating new business models.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries project leader Atsushi Ogura said: “Through the JIP, Kawasaki will establish technologies for fabricating spare ship parts by additive manufacturing and contribute to enhancing spare parts availability in times of emergency and maximise safe ship operating times. We’ll accelerate the feasibility study of additive manufacturing for spare ship parts.”

Wilhelmsen 3D printing venture head Hakon Ellekjaer said: “We are very excited and proud to have established a strong and end-to-end ecosystem of partners, bringing down the barriers for AM adoption in the maritime industry.

“Through the JIP and with the support of MPA, we look forward to unlocking the value of additive manufacturing with our consortium partners.”