Lloyd’s Register is taking a leading role in making Singapore a centre of expertise for additive manufacturing
September 2018 saw Lloyd’s Register award a facility qualification certificate to 3D Metalforge, the first end-to-end additive manufacturing (AM) centre in Singapore.
Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre strategic projects lead Hussain Quraishi said “Singapore has long been a key maritime hub and is rapidly establishing itself as a global leader in [AM].”
“We are pleased to be able to qualify 3D Metalforge and work with them to provide our clients in the region the ability to take advantage of the technical and commercial benefits AM allows.
“As an LR-qualified facility with both powder bed fusion and laser metal deposition AM processes available, 3D Metalforge will be able to print both smaller complex parts as well as larger parts demanded by the marine and offshore sectors.
3D Metalforge first opened in 2017, offering metal printing services including design, engineering, material advisory, diagnostics, testing, printing and post-production. Chief executive Matthew Waterhouse said “We chose Lloyd’s Register’s facility qualification programme because like us, it’s innovating in a fast-changing industry.”
“Gaining facility qualification according to LR and TWI’s guidance means we can better communicate our value to key industrial clients, providing the assurance only LR can provide.”
Elsewhere, LR’s Singapore team, alongside colleagues in South Korea, Indonesia and China, contributed to the success of 26,000-m3 floating storage and regasification unit Karunia Dewata.
The PaxOcean-built, Jaya Samudra Karunia-owned vessel is the largest FSRU built in China and the first to feature Type C cargo tanks. It was built in accordance with LR’s Rules for the Classification of Ships and Provisional Rules for LNG Ships and Barges Equipped with Regasification Systems.
LR assisted PaxOcean with building its first FSRU through connections with equipment manufacturers it had previously worked with, ensuring efficient procedures and delivery on schedule and in accordance with LR requirements.
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Sembcorp Marine and A*Star’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) are collaborating on technology to advance adoption of LNG as a preferred fuel.
On 19 September 2018, the three partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Sembcorp Marine’s Tanjong Kling Yard.
The goal of the MoU is to make LNG more accessible, reliable and safer for industry and domestic consumption.
ABS executive vice president and chief operating officer Tony Nassif said “As a global leader in gas, ABS is collaborating with innovative companies and organisations such as Sembcorp Marine and IHPC, to support the delivery of technologies that minimise the environmental impact of shipping.”
The MoU commits the three parties to work together in the following areas:
Developing market-ready LNG solutions: Sembcorp Marine and ABS will work together on approving and certifying Sembcorp’s small-scale LNG solutions such as LNG-battery hybrid tugs, bunker vessels and terminals. ABS will contribute gas expertise and IHPC will contribute simulation capabilities to assist this.
LNG technology development: ABS, IHPC and Sembcorp Marine will conduct research into LNG processing, transfer and containment and new applications of LNG as a sustainable fuel. They will carry out joint developmental projects to augment the safety and reliability of LNG for offshore applications.
Developing LNG-related capabilities: The three partners will develop and conduct training and technical workshops to develop knowledge and skillsets to support the growth of LNG technology-related businesses.
Sembcorp Marine, ABS and IHPC have also committed to work together on joint development projects relating to LNG in the areas of processing, transfer, containment and use as a sustainable fuel.
At a later stage, the partners plan to carry out research on optimising the energy efficiency performance of Sembcorp Marine's LNG-powered ship designs, including LNG-battery hybrid tugs.