• 2017 May 16 20:04

    Damen, RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas develop the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller

    Marking a major step forward in the application of 3D printing techniques in the maritime sector, Damen Shipyards Group has entered a cooperative consortium with RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas. The goal of this group of forward-looking companies is to develop the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, to be called the WAAMpeller, Damen said in its press release.

    Damen’s involvement in the project began just over a year ago as a result of one of its in-house student research programmes. “Three students from Delft Technical University were investigating the potential of 3D printing for us. They brought us into contact with the other members of the consortium,” explains Kees Custers, Project Engineer in Damen’s Research & Development department. “What is quite unique about this group of five companies is that, while we have joint interests, we also have individual aims. This leads to a very productive and cooperative atmosphere in what is a very exciting project.”

    The propeller will be based on a Promarin design that is typically found on a Damen Stan Tug 1606. This 1,300mm diameter propeller weighs approximately 180kg. Using Autodesk software in the construction process, Port of Rotterdam’s RAMLAB will fabricate the WAAMpeller from a bronze alloy using the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process.

    Bureau Veritas will be involved in the certification of the completed product; in what will be the first time that a metal 3D printed maritime component will be approved by Class.

    Once the propeller has been printed, Damen’s role will continue with full-scale trials. “We will be performing a comprehensive programme that will include bollard pull and crash test scenarios. Our ambition is to demonstrate that the research phase for 3D printing in the maritime sector is over, and that it can now be effectively applied in operations.”

    The first propeller is expected to be printed by summer 2017, with subsequent testing occurring in the autumn.

    Damen invests considerable resources into its various Research & Development programmes. “Our aim is to build more effective, more cost-efficient and more environmentally friendly vessels,” comments Damen’s Principle Research Engineer Don Hoogendoorn.

    “The WAAMpeller project contributes to this goal because it not only marks an important advance in 3D printing, but it also has the potential to yield significant results in optimising future vessel designs. 3D printing technology brings with it an excellent opportunity to improve ship structures in terms of both performance and fuel consumption.”

    Damen Shipyards Group
    Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

    Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

    Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

    For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

    In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.




2017 September 26

18:26 Port of Gdansk sees record number of cruise ship calls this season
18:06 OCEASOFT’s Cobalt ML3 revolutionizes temperature monitoring for sensitive products during transport
17:54 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 3 cruise ships last week
17:37 US Navy takes delivery of LCS 9 from Fincantieri and Lockheed Martin Corp.
17:19 Sovcomflot takes part in annual NEVA exhibition in St. Petersburg (photo)
17:01 Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments is meeting for its fourth session
16:52 ICS Chairman’s message for IMO World Maritime Day: Shipping industry focused on serious CO2 emission reduction
16:47 India's Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
16:36 Training for port security officials held in Mexico
16:12 IMS Group purchases OceanSaver assets
16:05 ClassNK announces R&D Roadmap
15:44 Rolls-Royce acquires technology for the electrically-assisted charging of MTU engines
15:29 Albwardy Damen announces Experience Day at its shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, on 28 September
15:25 China workshop discusses oil pollution response
15:06 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
14:45 SCF Group seafarers commended at Vladivostok
14:24 Hapag-Lloyd recycles three container ships in an environmentally friendly manner
13:59 Warsaw will host Polish LNG Conference on 22-23 November 2017
13:36 OOCL adds Maher Terminal in port rotation, drops call to Colong, Panama on ECX1 service
13:10 RZD Holding arranged regular container transit between Europe and China via the Kaliningrad Region
12:46 MSC Belgium to attend Transport & Logistics fair in Antwerp
12:08 Teekay and Brookfield announce closing of strategic transaction
11:26 81,600dwt newbuilding vessel MV Sakizaya Power joined Wisdom Marine Lines fleet
11:11 RF Government set to ease customs formalities
11:08 Boskalis subsidiary VBMS signs Preferred Supplier Agreement for Triton Knoll OWF
10:48 Hydrotechnika Journal (Media Group PortNews) becomes an official information partner of RWTSTS
10:23 Serbian marines protect WFP merchant vessel Esbjerg
10:17 International Conference “Advanced port fleet - the basis of safety” gathered about 400 participants
10:08 ARC starts HHG Service to Italy
09:31 DPA reports record handling rate in 2016- 2017 in August
09:08 Scorpio Bulkers announces the acquisition of six dry bulk Ultramax vessels
08:13 Kelvin Hughes Australian integration partnership with AMS goes from strength to strength

2017 September 25

18:24 BV joins global industry alliance (GIA)
18:00 Patrol boat of Project 03160 built for RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet by Pella Shipyard completes sea part of state trials (photo)
17:37 Fincantieri delivers "Viking Sun" in Ancona
17:31 APM Terminals improves productivity, costs and flexibility with a win-win labor strategy
17:12 Intermodal terminal operations to be moved to Hisingen in December
16:47 FueLNG completes first commercial LNG bunkering in Singapore
16:32 General Dynamics secures $5bn U.S. Navy’s contract for ballistic-missile submarine
16:20 Murmansk Region Governor: energy infrastructure for MTH project to be completed by the end of 2019
15:41 Large ASW ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov provided security of Indian tanker’s passage through Gulf of Aden
15:13 Russian and Chinese military seamen practiced rescuing a ship in distress
14:50 Krylov Centre at the 13th International Exhibition & Conference RAO/CIS Offshore 2017
14:25 RF Navy’s ASW ships Onega and Naryan-Mar repelled simulated enemy’s air attack in the White Sea
14:01 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,711 in RF spot market
13:38 Zelenodolsk shipyard launches high-speed passenger ship of Project А145Е for UAE customer
13:04 Damen Shipyards Yichang launches first DT8000 SD, Damen Tanker 8000 Shallow Draft (photo)
12:32 Transocean announces retirement of six floaters
11:30 Fincantieri to build a next-generation ship for Cunard
11:03 The 28th meeting of the Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee held in Vladivostok
11:00 ABS approves GMS self-elevating drilling unit design
10:29 Asia’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre up and running
10:27 Golden Ocean sells six Ultramax vessels
09:55 Cargo transportation by inland water ways of Russia down to 74.5 mln t in 8M’17
09:33 Brent Crude futures price down 0.21% to $56.3, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $50.52
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,502 points

2017 September 22

18:04 ESL Shipping's second LNG-fueled dry cargo vessel was named Haaga
17:47 Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Essen returned to Sevastopol
17:22 Port of Gdansk throughput up 4% to 25.5 mln t in Jan-Aug'17
16:58 Pella Shipyard (Leningrad Region) launched the harbor tugboat of Project 04690 (graphics)