Abu Dhabi previews world’s largest 3D-printed water taxi

The Abu Dhabi companies stated this is a “giant leap” towards sustainable transportation.

Cat Vitale November 14 2023

Abu Dhabi-based maritime manufacturers Al Seer Marine and Abu Dhabi Maritime have revealed the world’s largest 3D-printed water taxi.

According to its manufacturers, the 3D-printed water boat has been crafted from 67% recycled materials, which include 30% fibreglass and UV stabiliser.

The water taxi is 11.98m long, with a capacity of 6.4t, powered by two 15 kW electric thrusters. According to Guinness World Records it is the world’s largest 3D-printed boat.

The water taxi is set to be unveiled at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, which will run from 21 to 24 November 2023.

Al Seer Marine explained its goals on Instagram: “This milestone is not just a record-breaking feat; it’s a call to action for the industry to adopt greener technologies.

“Let’s continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability, setting a precedent for the future of transportation worldwide.”

This agreement follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Al Seer Marine and AD Ports Group at the last Abu Dhabi International Boat Show in November 2022.  

The MoU was based on cooperation in maritime-related developments which included the introduction of “state-of-the-art boats”.

Al Seer Marine added in the official Instagram post how “intelligent large-scale 3D printing production shall be integrated into further projects”.

Abu Dhabi Maritime, the AD Ports Group subsidiary, was established in May 2020 via an agreement between AD Ports Group and the Department of Municipalities and Transport. The group launched its online booking platform for public water transport in March 2023.

According to reports, the three-dimensional water taxi is set to be implemented into the water taxi platform by 2024.

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