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Joint Industry Programme (JIP) on the Feasibility of Additive Manufacturing for Marine Parts

MPA, NAMIC and SSA are launching a Joint Industry Programme (JIP) on Feasibility Study of Additive Manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3D Printing) for Marine Parts. This JIP consists of 3 main workstreams, with details shown below. We would like to invite interested classification societies to submit proposals to participate as the Lead Research Performer for Workstream 1 of the JIP.


Challenge Statement:

Maritime assets are capital intensive, and downtime is costly. Replacement of marine spare parts involves many actors in the supply chain, and can be costly in terms of inventory, logistics, and cost of spare parts (especially for obsolete parts).


JIP Objectives:

The objective of the JIP is to establish the commercial viability, technical feasibility and regulatory requirements behind the use of AM for marine parts. It also aims to highlight key challenges and opportunities in deploying AM for marine parts (to be shortlisted), including the approval, qualification and certification processes required by classification societies. The JIP could potentially spin off further developmental projects amongst interested industry players, tech providers and classification societies that are keen to develop expertise and facilities in AM testing, qualification and certification.


 Pipeline of activities for the Joint Industry Programme:


Expected Deliverables

Workstream 1 –  AM Market Feasibility Study



Expected Timeframe for completion: 4 months

Through workshops/ interviews/ surveys with participating shipping lines and ship management companies, the study should establish the commercial viability of AM for marine parts, based on the list of parts most commonly ordered when ships call at the Port of Singapore. It should assess the parts that are (1) Highly feasible for 3D printing without class certification, (2) Highly feasible for 3D Printable with class certification, (3) Not feasible for 3D printing. Study should take into consideration the value proposition, frequency of demand, inventory portfolio, and supply chain considerations of each part being studied. Study should also highlight key challenges and opportunities in deploying AM for these marine parts. The outcome of the study should be a list of parts in the 3 categories stated above.

[Interested classification societies are invited to submit proposals for Workstream 1, by 19 Nov 2018]

Workstream 2 – Part Suitability and Selection + AM Fabrication



Study should establish the technical feasibility of AM for marine parts identified in Workstream 1, including the appropriate AM processes, part selection criteria, and testing and qualification requirements. This work stream should include full-scale demonstrator cases of 3D printable marine parts, with and without need for classification.


Workstream 3 – Testing and Certification



Towards supporting the development of AM standards for approval, verification and certification, the study should establish the Testing paradigm, and Data Generation for Process Qualification and Part Certification.


Application Deadline for Workstream 1: 19 Nov 2018

We invite interested parties to submit proposals on the approach/ proposed methodology and cost breakdown for for Workstream 1.

Please fill in the MINT Fund Application Form, including the following details:

  • Company profile

  • Project description

  • Methodology for feasibility assessment

  • Engagement plan of stakeholders and sample interview questions (including shipping lines/ ship management companies, OEMs), such as through workshops, interviews, surveys etc.

  • Name and role of any other collaborators involved

  • Project risk assessment and mitigation

Please submit the above information to

Some additional points to note:

JIP Participants

  • Please note that Workstreams 2 and 3 may not exclusively involve the Lead research performer, but could include additional, separate sub-groupings of classification societies, technology providers and industry players keen to develop expertise in AM test-bedding and certification for specific parts.
  • While potential technology providers for Workstreams 2 and 3 will be suggested by NAMIC, participants are free to work with collaborators of their choice.
  • Please indicate if your organisation wishes to be a part of the JIP effort as a Workstream 1 participant, in the event that your proposal is not shortlisted.
  • If your organisation only wishes to participate in Workstream 1 and not apply as the Lead, an email would be sufficient to indicate your interest.



  • For Workstream 1, project costs are to be co-contributed by the selected Lead Research Performer, and supported by MPA’s MINT Fund, according to the MINT Fund criteria. For Workstreams 2 and 3, project costs could be supported by NAMIC funding schemes.

  • The proposals will be jointly evaluated by MPA, NAMIC and SSA.

  • Please note that all research work (including testing and trial) should be conducted in Singapore.

  • More information on MPA’s MINT Fund can be found on our website.

  • Translational R&D, as well as SME funding information through NAMIC can be found at

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