In Dubai, the first 3D-printed electric Abra ferry is set to carry passengers in the future. The Crown Prince of Dubai has signed off on the plans as part of a master plan to expand shipping.
The Abra is a traditional water cab in Dubai. As part of the “Dubai Marine Transport Master Plan 2030,” a 3D-printed, electrically powered version is now to be built. According to the RTA, the transport authority responsible, 3D printing has cut manufacturing time by 90 percent and costs by 30 percent.
Overall, the master plan envisions a massive expansion of shipping in Dubai. By 2030, the transportation network on the water is to expand by 188 percent. The fleet is also growing significantly. Dubai is thus focusing on innovative and sustainable transportation via waterways.
I have approved a new plan to develop Dubai's maritime transport network and expand it by 188% with the aim of serving 22 million passengers by 2030. I also reviewed an innovative project being developed by RTA in collaboration with the private sector to manufacture the world's… pic.twitter.com/FUGajBuXXn
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