The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to develop additive manufacturing (AM) technology, also known as 3D printing.
The first MoU, with PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), and 3D MetalForge Pte Ltd (3D MetalForge), will see MPA establish the world’s first on-site AM production facility for port applications.
The facility is to be located at Pasir Panjang Terminal, where PSA is currently testing port technologies for current and future terminals.
As well as containing printers that are capable of producing AM parts for port equipment, the unit will be supported by a specialised digital cloud for more secure file transfers.
Ong Kim Pong, of PSA, outlines his vision for the next generation of terminals in a recent Port Technology technical paper
The facility’s location also leverages PSA’s parts supplier base to support just-in-time inventory, reducing the need to hold excess inventory and lowering storage costs.
Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia of PSA International, said: “In close collaboration with EDB, we have learnt that the era of Additive Manufacturing is showing pervasive importance in industry transformation.
“Within our maritime sector, we foresee widespread adoption within the immediate horizon.”
In addition to this, MPA will collaborate with NAMIC and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to collaborate on an AM Joint Industry Programme for marine parts.
SMS Lam Pin Min tries his hand at a digitalised crane at one of booths @ Global AM Summit following MOU signing between MPA, PSA, NAMIC & 3D MetalForge to promote 3D printing @ Singapore Port. pic.twitter.com/byG220L8TF
— Chief Executive MPA (@MaritimeHub) October 17, 2018
This initiative is focused on establishing the commercial viability, technical feasibility and regulatory compliance behind the use of AM for marine parts, and whether or not AM will strengthen Singapore’s role as a hub for ship supplies.
Mr Steen Brodsgaard Lund, Councillor and Chairman of SSA’s Technical Committee, commented: “SSA is excited to work with MPA to provide a platform that connects ship owners and managers with the cutting-edge innovation cluster, NAMIC, to leverage digital technology in Additive Manufacturing of marine parts.
“This MoU represents SSA’s continuous efforts in embracing new technologies to enhance productivity and efficiency in the maritime industry.”