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Wilhelmsen joins Singapore drone framework programme

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is trialling the use of drones for deliveries to ships in Singapore Wilhelmsen Ships Service is trialling the use of drones for deliveries to ships in Singapore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service reports that it has been selected to join a Singaporean government project to develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for the city-state, and will receive dedicated funding for its proposed shore-to-ship delivery system as part of the programme.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Wilhelmsen Ships Service is one of four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Ministry of Transport. The maximum funding available for each project is SGD$1.5 million, or up to 50 per cent of the total project qualified costs.

Wilhelmsen believes delivery by UAS has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90 per cent, improving response rate and turnaround time compared to traditional launch boat deliveries, as well as removing safety risks.

“(This award) will be important for us to validate the use case of parcel delivery with drones, but it will also enable us to develop key technological solutions such as ship localisation and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system,” said Marius Johansen, vice president commercial, ships agency, Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is currently working with Airbus’ Skyways on a pilot trial to deliver spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables to vessels at anchorage from Singapore port’s Marina South Pier, beginning in Q3 2018.{/mprestriction}

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