Vessel components are being transported all around the world when just a simple datafile would suffice.
Spare parts for the international shipping sector are being transported over long distances before they are finally installed. Most of this transport and warehousing could be avoided by 3D printing the parts where and when they are needed. This will save time and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Norway is a maritime nation and is in a unique position to seize these opportunities. The country is well served with shipyards, shipping companies, suppliers and classification companies that together can be described as a shipping “ecosystem.” Norway also operates with a public sector that is currently encouraging green innovation.
However, a joint effort is required if the 3D printing of vessel components is to become commercially viable.