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WILHELMSEN AND AIRBUS DELIVER SHIP SPARES BY DRONE

Saturday, March 16, 2019 

Wilhelmsen Ship Management has partnered with Airbus in a trial project that uses drones to deliver spare parts to vessels at anchorage. Though drones been used in trials to deliver items from pilot boats to ship, shore-to-ship delivery has never been explored, prior to this trial, which was carried out this week, in Singapore.

The Airbus Skyways drone was launched from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 1.5kg of 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory. It flew 1.5km along a pre-determined ‘aerial-corridor’  to the Eastern Working Anchorage where it landed safely on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore AHTS Pacific Centurion. Delivery took ten minutes.

 

Commenting on the successful first delivery flight, Marius Johansen, VP Commercial, Wilhelmsen Ships Agency said: “The now proven, seamless operation of drone deliveries from shore-to-ship, in one of the world’s busiest ports, proves the hard work, investment and faith we, and indeed our partners, placed in the Agency by Air drone delivery project over the past two years was not misplaced.

“Delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to Master via launch boat, is an established part of our portfolio of husbandry services, which we provide day in and day out, in ports all over the world. Modern technology such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems [a drone] is just a new tool, albeit a very cool one, with which we can push our industry ever forward and improve how we serve our customers.”

Less labour dependent than delivery via launch, autonomous UAVs can potentially reduce delivery costs by up to 90% in some ports and have a smaller carbon footprint than launch boats.

Duncan Telfer, Commercial Director, Swire Pacific Offshore, said: “We’re confident that this pioneering move of Wilhelmsen will create new opportunities for future collaborations with SPO, improve work efficiency and drive cost savings for players in the offshore industry.”

The pilot trial will for now, focus on offshore supply vessels at anchorage 1.5km from the pier. Flights will be limited to this distance for the time being, before the range is gradually ­­extended to 3km from the shore.   ­­

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is facilitating the trial, which started in late November 2018, through the interim use of Marina South Pier as the launching and landing point for Airbus’ delivery drone. At the same time, MPA has designated anchorages for vessels to anchor off Marina South for the trial. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is also working with Wilhelmsen and Airbus to ensure safety of the trials.

 

 

WILHELMSEN AND AIRBUS DELIVER SHIP SPARES BY DRONE

Wilhelmsen Ship Management has partnered with Airbus in a trial project that uses drones to deliver spare parts to vessels at anchorage. Though drones been used in trials to deliver items from pilot boats to ship, shore-to-ship delivery has never been explored, prior to this trial, which was carried out this week, in Singapore.

The Airbus Skyways drone was launched from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 1.5kg of 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory. It flew 1.5km along a pre-determined ‘aerial-corridor’  to the Eastern Working Anchorage where it landed safely on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore AHTS Pacific Centurion. Delivery took ten minutes.

Commenting on the successful first delivery flight, Marius Johansen, VP Commercial, Wilhelmsen Ships Agency said: “The now proven, seamless operation of drone deliveries from shore-to-ship, in one of the world’s busiest ports, proves the hard work, investment and faith we, and indeed our partners, placed in the Agency by Air drone delivery project over the past two years was not misplaced.

“Delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to Master via launch boat, is an established part of our portfolio of husbandry services, which we provide day in and day out, in ports all over the world. Modern technology such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems [a drone] is just a new tool, albeit a very cool one, with which we can push our industry ever forward and improve how we serve our customers.”

Less labour dependent than delivery via launch, autonomous UAVs can potentially reduce delivery costs by up to 90% in some ports and have a smaller carbon footprint than launch boats.

Duncan Telfer, Commercial Director, Swire Pacific Offshore, said: “We’re confident that this pioneering move of Wilhelmsen will create new opportunities for future collaborations with SPO, improve work efficiency and drive cost savings for players in the offshore industry.”

The pilot trial will for now, focus on offshore supply vessels at anchorage 1.5km from the pier. Flights will be limited to this distance for the time being, before the range is gradually ­­extended to 3km from the shore.   ­­

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is facilitating the trial, which started in late November 2018, through the interim use of Marina South Pier as the launching and landing point for Airbus’ delivery drone. At the same time, MPA has designated anchorages for vessels to anchor off Marina South for the trial. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is also working with Wilhelmsen and Airbus to ensure safety of the trials.

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