The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster Singapore (NAMIC), and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) have launched the Phase 2 of the Joint Industry Programme (JIP) on Additive Manufacturing for Marine Parts. The overall challenge statement and objectives are shown below.
Maritime assets are capital intensive, and downtime is costly. Replacement of marine spare parts involves many actors in the supply chain, and can be costly in terms of inventory, logistics, and cost of spare parts (especially for obsolete parts).
The objective of the JIP is to establish the commercial viability, technical feasibility and regulatory requirements behind the use of AM for marine parts. It also aims to highlight key challenges and opportunities in deploying AM for marine parts (to be shortlisted), including the approval, qualification and certification processes required by classificationsocieties. The JIP could potentially spin off further developmental projects amongst interested industry players, tech providers and classification societies that are keen to develop expertise and facilities in AM testing, qualification and certification.
Phase 1 was completed in October 2019, and the final report can be found here.
The consortium is inviting interested classification societies or AM technology suppliers to submit proposals to participate as industry consortium leader for Phase 2 of the JIP. The details for JIP Phase 2 can be found here