SINGAPORE (Nov 9): Sembcorp Marine, DNV GL, A*STAR’s Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) and National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector.
The collaboration will see the parties develop disruptive application in additive manufacturing, drone and digital twin technologies that could revolutionise solutions to boost the O&M sector’s global competiveness.
The parties will be focusing on three developmental areas to improve the O&M sector.
Firstly, all four parties will collaborate on developing and certifying Laser Aided Additive Manufacturing technology in fabricating large-scale structures for newbuild vessels.
This will be funded by NAMIC and will involve a test-case and user acceptance from Sembcorp Marine, with DNV GL and SIMTech assuming the roles of process certifier and technology provider respectively.
Secondly, Sembcorp marine will provide DNV GL with the test-bed and user-acceptance for developing close-up ship structure inspection by drones.
Thirdly, 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.
Through the simulation, they will be able to determine the ship’s specific design and operational requirements for attaining optimal performance.
All three projects will be test-bedded at Sembcorp Marine’s flagship Tuas Boulevard Yard.
Wong Weng Sun, president and CEO of Sembcorp Marine says, “To support our joint efforts, Tuas Boulevard Yard will serve as a living lab to test and transform ideas into smart, sustainable and disruptive advantages.”