The Marine Products unit of Wilhelmsen has struck an MoU with F-drones, a startup based in Singapore. The aim is to offer the final mile distribution of its additively manufactured supplementary pieces. Wilhelmsen is the sole drone distribution provider presently approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform drone distributions Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) to ships at harbor. The fresh deal with F-drones will allow Wilhelmsen to expand the reach of its particular on-demand 3D printing service.
The Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen, Hakon Ellekjaer, states, “Exploring safe, reliable, and inexpensive alternatives for last-mile delivery of our 3D printed parts to our customers is key for us moving forward. F-Drones is actively developing a solution and their ambitions are very much aligned with our own, to disrupt the existing supply chain and offer, a service that is faster cheaper and greener.”
Currently, F-drones is refining the subsequent emphasis of its own exclusive drone arrangement. This is focusing on the drone ability to carry 5kg covering a distance of 50 KM to create a bigger range drone with the ability to distribute 100kg to containers up to 100km away.
Speaking about this deal, the co-founder of F-drones, Yeshwanth Reddy stated this: “We are excited to be working together with Wilhelmsen’s 3D printing venture, which is at the forefront of commercializing on-demand manufacturing for the maritime industry. Its capability can provide a large variety of parts in different shapes, sizes, and materials. With our drones that can carry much bigger items over longer distances, we can catalyze the adoption of on-demand printing of parts for the maritime industry.”
The past year, Wilhelmsen partnered with ThyssenKrupp to grow Additive Manufacturing Solutions for Maritime Industry. Apart from that, as a section of the exceptional
Early Adopter Program for additively manufactured marine extra pieces, six clients registered with the Marine Products division of Wilhelmsen in December 2019. The aim was to sart using on-demand 3D printing. Current clients include Carnival Maritime, Berge Bulk, Thome Ship Management, Executive Ship Management, Wilhelmsen Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group.
Wilhelmsen is offering additively manufactured extra pieces on demand to the chosen six clients’ vessels across the world. This helps to reduce the commonly large supply chain expenses, extended lead times, and influence on the setting linked to the conventional supply chain. Via a special selection, documentation, and digitization procedures, pieces are made on-demand. This is minus having to experience the time consuming and expensive warehouse, customs, shipping, and receiving procedures.