Delivery of 3D printed parts to Berge bulk vessel

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

The Berge Bulk owned vessel, Berge Mafadi, has received delivery of 3D printed scupper plugs, to seal scupper holes on deck for to avoid spilled oil contamination, as part of global maritime products and services group Wilhelmsen’s early adopter programme (EAP).

The EAP was launched, in partnership with manufacturing company Ivaldi Group , in December 2019 and provides customers with exclusive access to on-demand additive manufacturing for spare parts around the world. Customers 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 to ensure that 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 localised  manufacturing of maritime spare parts is a tremendous opportunity for our valued subscribers,” said Hakon Ellekjaer, head of venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen.