• 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 May 29

18:39 Port Corpus Christi receives the largest vessel to call on a Gulf of Mexico port
18:06 Deltamarin container vessel design to be built in China
17:49 The course of the Port Railway Line will be altered in the port of Rotterdam
17:26 Ulstein awarded contract by China Merchant Group 1 + 9
17:06 Konecranes receives order from HHLA for 25 AGVs with lithium-ion battery drives
16:47 Marseille Fos to cut port dues for eco-friendly ships
16:42 Krylov State Research Center hosted the conference devoted to innovations and effectiveness in naval shipbuilding
16:18 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg welcomed 9 cruise ships last week
15:55 Cruise ship Thomson Celebration made its inaugural call to Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg
15:29 Transneft Volga Region to export 40 million tons of oil a year through Novorossiysk port
14:46 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 10,021 in RF spot market
14:23 FESCO starts regular rail transportation of export cargo to the ports of St. Petersburg
13:58 French Maritime Academy representatives visit WMU
13:30 ABS Nautical Systems simplifies MRV compliance
13:01 Wärtsilä introduces dedicated organisation to drive digital transformation
12:59 DNV GL to launch the LNG Fuel Finder
12:27 Russian oceanographic research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky is escorting the sailing ship Nadezhda in the Gulf of Aden
12:02 Members of the European Parliament assess Lithuania’s Rail Baltica progress
11:36 Gondán announces delivery of first European-built dual-fuel tug
10:54 Rosmorport appoints Elena Bulanova as Acting Director of its Vanino Branch (photo)
10:28 Satcom Global completes rapid rollout of Aura VSAT across Parakou fleet
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $52.38, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.28% to $49.66
09:40 Cruise liner Knyaz’ Vladimir set sail for test voyage (photo)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 912 points

2017 May 28

08:59 Carnival Corporation to offer Alipay payment services onboard its fleet in Asia
05:57 Majestic Princess begins journey to China along the Silk Road sea route

2017 May 27

15:56 US Commission meets to discuss regulatory reform initiative & ocean carrier alliances
15:54 Seaspan accepts delivery of 14000 TEU SAVER Containership
07:48 DNV GL releases the new issue of MARITIME IMPACT magazine
07:45 Yilport starts investments in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolívar container terminal by installing two mobile harbor cranes

2017 May 26

18:07 OOCL enhances Intra-Asia service network by launching the ITS and VJS products
17:48 Biofouling was on the agenda at the latest in a series of IMO workshops
17:40 Wärtsilä’s hybrid system increases offshore supply vessel’s engine efficiency
17:24 IMO treaty supporting free flow of international maritime traffic is the subject of a regional seminar in Bangkok
16:52 JSC “Latvijas kuģniecība” posts net profit of USD 0.16 mln in Q1 2017
16:00 Shanghai Maritime Court representatives visit WMU
15:33 Europort Masterclasses shape industry thinking
15:09 Press-conference devoted to new cruise opportunities held onboard Princess Anastasia in St. Petersburg
14:45 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg hosted business meeting with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Arctur Travel
14:11 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg BoD held regular meeting on 24 May 2017
13:36 Hydrographic boat of Project К 1100 Meridian launched at the port of Kaliningrad (photo)
12:58 MOL launches R & D on autonomous ocean transport system
12:27 Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop held in Auckland, New Zealand on 22-26 May
12:10 London will host 8th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response on 13-14 September 2017
11:39 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon
11:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Astarte with Glencore and m/v Erato with Phaethon
10:43 Training with all-arms forces of RF Navy's Northern Fleet started in the Barents Sea
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.60% to $51.13, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.78% to $48.52
10:06 Jacksonville harbor deepening awarded $17.5M in federal funding for construction
09:48 Indicative bunker prices continue going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:31 Navios Maritime Partners acquires five 4,250 TEU container vessels from Rickmers Maritime
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 918 points
08:06 BPA attracts SM Line to bolster cargo volume at Busan Port
06:26 NYK bulk carrier rescues fishermen off the coast of Peru

2017 May 25

18:30 Rostov Port Group partners with Donskoy Krepezh to acquire 80% of interest in construction company PROSPEKT
17:06 Panama Canal sets new record for largest-capacity vessel
16:17 BMT signs submarine framework agreement in Norway
15:02 RF Navy's Pacific Ocean Fleet detachment finished its visit to Jakarta
14:30 RF Ministry of Agriculture approves Strategy of sea terminals servicing fishing ships
14:15 Scorpio Tankers to merge with Navig8 Product Tankers