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Friday, July 12, 2019 

Wilhelmsen Ships Agency has announced that it was awarded the Technical Innovation Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia for its 'Agency by Air' project.

Agency by Air is a collaboration between Wilhelmsen and Airbus in piloting the delivery of maritime essentials via unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from shore-to-ship. The UAS is an innovative system-of-systems that includes aviation-standard UAVs, ground control stations, weather monitoring, air navigation systems, operational and maintenance procedures. The first trial flight took place in Singapore, with the drone autonomously navigating along pre-determined aerial corridors for 1.5km and depositing its 1.5kg cargo of 3D printed consumables onto a Swire Pacific Offshore AHTS vessel.

The award was accepted by Wilhelmsen GM Commercial, Liner Logistics Teresa Yuen.

Marius Johansen, VP Commercial of Ships Agency said: "It is a genuine, but completely unexpected honour to win this award and especially when I look at the innovations developed by the forward-leaning companies in this category. When we announced two years ago that we would be using drones, rather than launch boats, to deliver essential spares, medical supplies and cash to Master, many in the industry likely dismissed the idea as nothing more than a marketing stunt."

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