ABS in MOU on 3D-printed marine and offshore spare parts

Written by Nick Blenkey
Signing of 3D-printed marine and offshore spare parts

MOU signing (front row L to R): Kenlip Ong, CEO Pelagus 3D; Gareth Burton, ABS vice president, technology (back row L to R): Dr. Gu Hai, ABS vice president and head of global simulation center; Kenneth Lim, assistant chief executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; Arnab Ghosh, ABS Vice President, Regional Business Development; Haakon Ellekjaer, chief commercial officer, Pelagus 3D; and Daniel Tan, chief technology officer, Pelagus 3D. [Photo: ABS]

ABS has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore-based Pelagus 3D Pte. Ltd that aims to advance the technologies of on-demand additive manufacturing (AM) and the adoption of 3D-printed marine and offshore spare parts.

Pelagus 3D is a joint venture of Thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen. During a three-year term, ABS will collaborate with the company on a variety of initiatives including the incorporation of ABS testing requirements through the Pelagus platform for AM parts. The project will also support the continued development of industry guidelines and standards for AM, including qualification of global AM manufacturers and streamlining of certification for AM parts.

“AM technologies have the potential to streamline supply chains and simplify procurement and maintenance schedules, minimizing delay and reducing costs,” said Gareth Burton, ABS vice president of technology. “ABS is committed to supporting continued innovation in the development of AM technologies through industry-leading projects, such as this one with Pelagus 3D, and through our approval and certification process, while maintaining our focus on quality and safety

“At Pelagus 3D, we believe in pushing the boundaries of innovation to create a more resilient and efficient spare parts supply chain,” said Pelagus 3D CEO Kenlip Ong. “The MOU signing with ABS marks a pivotal milestone for the growth of the AM spare parts supply chain. We look forward to working together with ABS to enhance testing capabilities that will ensure seamless integration and accelerate adoption of AM in the maritime and offshore industry.

Additive manufactured (3D-printed) marine and offshore spare parts have been steadily gaining acceptance and ABS has been involved in a range of AM initiatives, including a joint development project focused on functional AM parts on board an oil tanker.

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