A Berge Bulk ship, Berge Mafadi has obtained the universe’s premier commercial delivery of additively manufactured scupper fittings. This is a section of the Early Adopter Programme by Wilhelmsen.
The program where clients have exceptional access to the much needed3D printing was unveiled in Dec, 2019 Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division. Clients consist of Executive Ship Management, Berge Bulk, Thome Ship Management, Carnival Maritime, OSM Maritime Group, and Wilhelmsen Ship Management.
Wilhelmsen’s Head of Venture, 3D printing, Hakon Ellekjaer, Head of Venture, 3D printing stated this: “The company is excited to complete one of the first commercial deliveries of 3D printed parts in the maritime industry […] This is just the beginning of the journey, and the company is quickly expanding its offering, together with key development partners, to enable customers to benefit from the savings provided by 3D printing, digital inventory and on-demand localized manufacturing.”
The company, as a section of its continued collaboration with Ivaldi Group, it is giving spare parts on-demand on the selected six clients’ ships across the world. The pieces in this program are being tracked in close partnership with class society DNV GL. Through a special collection, digitization, documentation procedure, each piece goes via a quality-regulated procedure where every piece is offered a model passport number.
All the needed documentation that relates to the production design and execution needs of every piece is after that obtained. It is then contained with the delivered piece. DNV GL, via the model passport number and the written rules and norms, are offering ecosystem support to the Wilhelmsen AM venture.
DNV GL, Simon Ratcliffe, noted: “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.”
Ivaldi and Wilhelmsen have presented many 3D printed pieces to the Berge Bulk ship. The scupper fittings were among the piece categories. There are many scupper fittings on a ship. For readiness and convenience, each sewerage opening on the public floor has its individual scupper fitting. Scupper fittings are utilized for closing seepage holes to avoid spills of oil or other pollutant spills on a vessel.
“Scupper plugs are expensive, and there are no universal dimensions, which means that when there is a broken element, a new scupper plug needs to be brought. With additive manufacturing, the company is able to procure scupper plugs faster, cheaper and locally. If any part breaks, Berge Bulk can replace that one part instead of the whole unit. It is exciting to be part of the Early Adopter Programme as on-demand additive manufacturing will revolutionize the spare parts industry,“ added the Procurement Manager of Berge Bulk, Sim Teck Siang.