• 2017 November 11 10:33

    Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, SIMTech and NAMIC sign MOU

    Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop disruptive applications in additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies that could revolutionize solutions for Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector and boost its global competitiveness.

    The quadripartite collaboration will focus on the following three developmental areas with promising potential to bring about transformational improvement to the O&M sector:

    Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D Printing) for fabricating large-scale ship structures

    Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, SIMTech and NAMIC will collaborate on developing and certifying Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing technology in fabricating large-scale structures for newbuild vessels. To be funded by NAMIC, this nine-month-long project will take off by end-2017. The project involves a test-case and user-acceptance from Sembcorp Marine, with DNV GL and SIMTech assuming the roles of process certifier and technology provider respectively.

    The project aims to gauge the feasibility of adopting Additive Manufacturing to produce reliable and cost-competitive components locally to support Sembcorp Marine’s offshore and marine construction work. Through this collaboration, DNV GL will be able to enhance the qualification process of Additive Manufacturing and support NAMIC in developing an Additive Manufacturing ecosystem within Singapore’s O&M sector.

    Drones for close-up ship inspection

    Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test-bed and user-acceptance for developing close-up ship structure inspection by drones. Complementing surveyor inspections, drones are especially advantageous for carrying out surveys requiring close-up inspection at height or in dangerous and relatively inaccessible areas.

    The project begins later this month. Among other outcomes, it aims to build Sembcorp Marine’s capabilities in drone-based inspection of ships and rigs, while facilitating DNV GL’s refinement of class rules for drone surveys.

    Digital Twin for simulation-based optimization of ship design and operations

    Sembcorp Marine will provide DNV GL with the test-case and user acceptance for investigating the use of Digital Twin technology to create a digital replica of an actual ship, and through simulation determine the ship’s specific design and operational requirements for attaining optimal performance.

    Scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2018, the project allows Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL to strengthen their respective know-how on developing Digital Twin solutions and progress further in their digital transformation journey.

    Sembcorp Marine will test-bed the three projects at its flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard. Host to a broad spectrum of offshore and marine construction, repair and upgrade activities, the 108ha integrated facility is ideal for the required developmental work.

    In supporting the projects, Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard augments its role as a living lab for incubating and verifying disruptive applications for the O&M sector.

    Additive Manufacturing (AM) refers to processes used to create a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control. Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a digital design file.

    AM has been used in manufacturing, aerospace, medical, industrial and sociocultural sectors, enabling it to become a successful commercial technology.

    Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing (LAAM) is a novel additive manufacturing technology which can be utilised for 3D printing. It works by applying a laser beam as heat source with the additive materials melted and deposited onto the surface layer by layer. Compared to other 3D printing technologies, this patented technology has the following advantages – large print size, free form, high printing speed, diverse material adaptability and printing of multi-materials. It can be used to print large components (> 500mm) for sectors such as offshore and marine and aerospace.

    Many offshore and marine structures are complex, difficult to access and therefore time-consuming and costly to inspect. The safety of inspectors is also an important consideration. By applying new digital tools and processes, classification societies such as DNV GL offer drone-assisted surveys of ballast and cargo tanks, cargo holds, jack-up legs and other components of offshore and marine installations.

    Drone surveys have the following advantages:
     Preparation time is significantly reduced, allowing close-up structural inspections to be carried out at short notice;
     Staging is no longer required for visual inspections;
     Rafting is eliminated;
     No risk of damage to tank coatings;
     Safety of surveyors, ship’s crew and other stakeholders involved in the survey is assured.

    Digital Twin is the virtual image of an asset such as a ship, maintained throughout its lifecycle and easily accessible at any time. By integrating data from multiple sources, Digital Twin provides advanced predictive analytics that yield powerful analyses, insights and diagnostics on the asset’s optimal design and performance.

    Among other applications, Digital Twin is useful in the pre-commissioning of ships.

    The usual commissioning procedure is for the vessel to be built and then commissioned during sea trial. With the Digital Twin, it is possible to pre-commission the vessel prior to actual construction by integrating vendor data into a single consolidated virtual ship for testing.

    The Digital Twin allows the testing of an integrated system in a virtual realm, compared to individual component-testing that can only be done during commissioning. This reduces costly errors and rework.

    About Sembcorp Marine
    Sembcorp Marine provides innovative engineering solutions to the global offshore, marine and energy industries, drawing upon more than 50 years of track record. Sembcorp Marine focuses on four key capabilities, namely, Rigs & Floaters; Repairs & Upgrades; Offshore Platforms; and Specialised Shipbuilding.
    Sembcorp Marine customers include major oil companies, drilling contractors, shipping companies as well as owners and operators of floating production units.
    Sembcorp Marine operates shipyards strategically located in Singapore, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Brazil.

    About DNV GL
    DNV GL is a quality assurance and risk management company providing certification and independent expert advisory services to the oil and gas, power and maritime industries. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.
    As a technology-based company, DNV GL continuously invests in research and collaborative innovation, empowering customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. With origins stretching back to 1864, DNV GL's reach today is global, with operations in more than 100 countries.

    About the A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)
    The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is a research institute of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). SIMTech develops high value manufacturing technology and human capital to contribute to the competitiveness of the Singapore industry. It collaborates with multinational and local companies in the precision engineering, electronics, semiconductor, medical technology, aerospace, automotive, marine, logistics and other sectors.

    About the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster
    The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) is a pan-national initiative led by NTUitive, supported by the National Research Foundation and in partnership with SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board. NAMIC aims to increase Singapore’s adoption of additive manufacturing technologies to enhance competitiveness in the rapidly evolving landscape of digital industrialisation. This is accomplished by nurturing promising AM technologies and start-ups, as well as accelerating translation R&D from public sector funded institutions with a focus on commercial applications. NAMIC seeds and enables public-private cross-collaboration, acting as a connector between industry, research performers and public agencies. It also assists companies seeking capital injection either through project joint-funding or leveraging on its investor networks.




2017 November 23

16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
11:04 MGO prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:41 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct'17 grew by 16% to 11.28 mln t
10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
09:35 Port of Singapore throughput up 5.9% to 519.68 mln t in 10M’17
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
17:46 New research reveals ‘golden period’ ahead for the Port of Barrow
17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award
16:35 Throughput of port Primorsk in 10M’17 down 9% Y-o-Y to 49.40 mln t
16:03 Scottish energy ports capability directory launched
15:47 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 2% to 14.42 mln t in 10M’17
15:21 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 13.3% to 4.8 mln t in 10M’17
15:03 Otto Energy confirms the installation of the jacket and decks comprising the SM 71 F Platform
14:44 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 85.04 mln t in 10M’17
14:36 APM Terminals opens a new era for Puerto Quetzal
14:22 Okskaya shipyard will build a series of six trawlers for fishing company Variant
14:03 Forth Ports installs NORBIT survey system for the Forth and the Tay
13:21 DOF sells the vessel Skandi Møgster
12:39 ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision looks beyond human vision for ship automation
12:16 Crowley provides ATB to deliver jet fuel from U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico
12:15 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 44.01 mln t in 10M’17
11:46 Navigation season at the main route of the Volga-Baltic Waterway is over (photo)
11:08 Hapag-Lloyd buys low carbon refrigerant containers from Maersk Container Industry
10:51 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 0.13% to $62.30, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $56.49
10:07 Wagenborg Offshore chooses ULSTEIN PX121 design
09:44 Composit LLC supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:21 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,396 points
09:07 OOCL introduces new containership OOCL Scandinavia
08:30 INEOS to deliver first ever US ethane from shale gas to China in 2019 using world’s largest ethane carrier
08:07 Further SharpEye™ order for Pakistan Navy Submarine upgrade
07:30 Ekofish Group builds twin-rigger at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam

2017 November 21

18:24 Navios Maritime Holdings reports 3Q, 9 months financial results
18:19 Philly Shipyard delivers fourth and final product tanker to Kinder Morgan
17:59 Major ASW ship Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Norwegian Sea
17:37 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
17:23 Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen
17:12 Tuco and Sea Machines unveil remote controlled ProZero workboats
16:51 Sea Port of St.Peterburg completed another stage of machinery modernization
16:34 Hapag-Lloyd announces vessel delay and port omission on WAN service
16:27 MOL and joint PBCF developers attend 2017 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award ceremony
16:17 MMT starts offshore geophysical survey for AQUIND Interconnector
15:54 Gazprom and Shell discuss LNG projects and Nord Stream 2
15:35 IMO’s technical cooperation activities have received a boost of US$1.0 million
15:11 Kleven signs MoU with De Beers Marine Namibia