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Pilot planned for port drone deliveries

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has partnered with Airbus to provide drone delivery of ship supplies at one of the world’s busiest ports.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Agency by Air project will launch at Singapore port’s Marina South Pier in Q3 2018, piloting the delivery of spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables via Airbus’ Skyways unmanned air system (UAS) to vessels at anchorage.

The Maritime UAS project agreement establishes a framework for cooperation between the parties, with the aim of investigating the potential deployment and commercialisation of UAS for maritime deliveries.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with a forward-thinking industry leader like Airbus. When we announced last year that we were pursuing drone delivery, we were greeted with a fair amount of scepticism, but our collaboration with Airbus shows we really do mean business,” said Marius Johansen, VP commercial, ships agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Service.

“As an outward looking company, eager to utilise technology to help improve our customers’ experiences, drone delivery is a perfect fit for our agency business. Part of our standard husbandry services, we organise the delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat day in and day out all over the world.”

“However, delivery by drone is much more cost effective, quicker, and frankly safer for all involved. Costing on average ninety per cent less than launch boats, they importantly remove the risks inherently involved with making launch deliveries and also have negligible environmental impact.”

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is tasked with setting up the necessary maritime and port operations, gaining the relevant approvals from port authorities and securing maritime customers, while Airbus will take care of all the corresponding aviation approvals, and the running and maintenance of the UAS and its control systems.

The partnership will first see an initial two-week pilot trial with deliveries to ships anchored in Singapore’s eastern anchorage. A command centre and a delivery centre will be set up at the pier to facilitate the deliveries, with an initial delivery range of up to 3km from the shoreline. A second delivery station will be positioned at an open space in Marina South to extend delivery coverage to more anchorage vessels.{/mprestriction}

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