Just a couple of months after launching its Early Adopter Program for 3D printing spare parts for the maritime industry, global maritime company Wilhelmsen has announced the first successful commercial delivery of 3D printed scupper plugs to a Berge Bulk vessel. The shipment marks a significant step towards normalizing the use of 3D printed spare parts on ships.
The parts in question were delivered to BergeMafadi, a vessel belonging to Berge Bulk, one of the partners in the Early Adopter Program. Other members of the EAP include Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management.
“We are very excited with this milestone—completing one of the first commercial deliveries of 3D printed parts in the maritime industry,” said Hakon Ellekjaer, Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen Ships Service. “This is just the beginning of the journey, and we are quickly expanding our offering, together with our key development partners, enabling our customers to benefit from the savings provided by 3D printing, digital inventory and on-demand localized manufacturing.”