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WILHELMSEN FURTHER SPEEDS UP SPARE PARTS PROCUREMENT

Friday, June 12, 2020 

Wilhelmsen's Marine Products division has signed an MOU with Singapore-based drone delivery provider F-drones, for last mile delivery of its 3D printed spare parts.

As the only drone delivery provider currently authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to execute drone deliveries Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) to vessels at anchorage, the agreement with F-drones enables Wilhelmsen to broaden the scope of its on-demand additive manufacturing service.

Hakon Ellekjaer, Head of Venture, 3D Printing, Wilhelmsen said: “Exploring safe, reliable and inexpensive alternatives for last mile delivery of our 3D printed parts to our customers is key for us moving forward. F-Drones is actively developing a solution and their ambitions are very much aligned with our own, to disrupt the existing supply chain and offer a service that is faster, cheaper and greener”.

Currently refining the next iteration of its own proprietary drone system, capable of carrying 5kg over a distance of 50km, F-drones’ long-term ambition is to develop a larger scale drone capable of delivering 100kg to vessels up to 100km away.

Yeshwanth Reddy, Co-founder of F-drones, said: “We are excited to be working together with Wilhelmsen’s 3D printing venture, which is at the forefront of commercializing on-demand manufacturing for the maritime industry. Its capability can provide a large variety of parts in different shapes, sizes, and materials. With our drones that can carry much bigger items over longer distances, we can catalyse the adoption of on-demand printing of parts for the maritime industry”.

Customers signed up with Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division to use on-demand additive manufacturing include Berge Bulk, Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Wilhelmsen says provision on demand of 3D printed spare parts reduces the typically high supply chain costs, long lead times and impact on the environment associated with the traditional supply chain, avoiding the time consuming and costly storage, shipping, customs and receiving processes.

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