• 2019 March 15 08:06

    Wilhelmsen and Airbus trial world’s first commercial drone deliveries to vessels at anchorage

    Launching this week in partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsen’s shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage, the company said in its release.

    Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage. The drone landed on the deck of the Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO)’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, M/V Pacific Centurion and deposited its 1.5kg cargo without a hitch before returning to its base. The entire delivery, from take-off towards the vessel, to landing back at base, took just ten minutes.

    Though small drone delivery trials from tugboat to ship have been conducted before by a number of shipping companies and service providers, shore-to-ship delivery of this range and scope has never been explored, prior to this trial.

    Operations began with a Toolbox Talk with the Wilhelmsen, Airbus and SPO crew to ensure that the risk assessment was understood by all parties. With final safety checks completed, Wilhelmsen’s Marina South Pier team loaded the drone. Supported by spotters stationed on board the vessel deck to ensure the safety of the crew and vessel, the drone took off towards the vessel, landing on the dedicated area on the main deck where the parcel was retrieved by the officer on board.

    Offering a more cost effective, quicker and safer means of delivering, small, time-critical items to vessels, Wilhelmsen sees delivery by drone, rather than launch boat, as part and parcel of their continued evolution of the agency business.

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

    SPO has been an important partner during the detailed final preparation and operational testing of the drone, with the provision of its Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels.

    Prior to the official launch of this shore-to-ship commercial drone delivery, SPO’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS). M/V Pacific Rapier has also facilitated the earlier pre-trial session in Singapore waters.

    Signing a unique MOU with aeronautics company Airbus in June 2018, Wilhelmsen was tasked with setting up the necessary maritime and port operations, gaining relevant approvals from port authorities, with Airbus the overall Skyways system architect and provider, contributing its expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions to develop the UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries.

    The ongoing pilot trial will for now, focus on offshore supply vessels at anchorage 1.5km from the pier. With operational safety as a priority, flights will be limited to this distance for the time being, before the flight range is gradually ­­extended to as far as 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.

    A number of customers have already committed to the project including, Optimum Marine Management, Fleet Management, Zeaborn Ship Management, Pola East, SK Shipping, and sister company Wilhelmsen Ship Management.




2019 March 22

15:30 Hapag-Lloyd announces 2018 results
14:03 ONE unveils enhanced intra-Asia –East India service network for 2019
13:54 Royal IHC to build second TSHD for National Marine Dredging Company
13:41 IMO expands collaborative efforts to promote maritime security
13:17 REMPEITC-Caribe training workshop funded by IMO held in Guyana
12:55 Workshop promoting good practice in spill preparedness and response held in Côte d'Ivoire
12:30 Bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:03 18 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 21-22
11:42 Gazpromneft – Lubricants starts bunkering with marine oils in Primorsk
11:08 MSC Bellissima, MSC Cruises’ latest newbuild visits Valletta Cruise Port
10:50 Maritime Incubator to be established at the Port of Gdansk
10:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.22
10:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 695 points
10:08 ZIM net loss up to $119.9 million in 2018
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.72, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.23% to $59.84
09:23 Manufacturing at the Port of Riga beneficial for both businesses and the Port
09:08 DEME Offshore announces Moray East wind farm Tier One suppliers
08:32 Rhenus establishes its own network in South Africa by acquiring World Net Logistics

2019 March 21

18:05 Dublin Bay Biosphere to host international UNESCO EuroMAB Conference
17:53 Detachment of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet completed transfer through the Suez Canal
17:28 McDermott awarded ethylene contract in Russia
17:05 IMO and Saudi Arabia organize course for members of three key regional maritime security agreements to promote maritime security
16:35 Topaz secures contract extension with BP for 12 vessels in Azerbaijan
16:05 Incat announces construction of a 35m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Samso Rederi
15:52 Kalmar's Eco Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers to help Ter Haak Group Amsterdam improve the sustainability of its operations
15:31 Severnaya Verf lays down second processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Holding
15:08 German shipyard Lürssen launches project Fiji yacht named Madsummer
14:39 GoodFuels and REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker fuel first inland vessel on 100% sustainable biofuel
14:13 Incat Crowther 35m ferry for Samso Rederi
13:55 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project
13:24 Andrei Chibis appointed Acting Governor of Murmansk Region
13:17 Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
12:40 Murmansk Region Governor announces resignation
12:00 Steel cut for first short-sea LNG bunker vessel for Eesti Gaas at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China
11:39 15 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
11:13 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:50 Doha to host Ports & Maritime Evolution, Rail & Logistics Evolution, Road & Logistics Evolution Qatar Assembly & Expo in September’19
10:27 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.16% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.02% to $60.24
10:08 MAN receives an order for two-stroke engines from Eastern Pacific Shipping
10:05 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning March, 21
09:59 2018 revenues of FSUE Rosmorport grew by 7% Y-o-Y to over RUB 26 billion
09:22 Baltic Dry Index is down to 709 points
09:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:00 PSA, PFR and IFM investors partner to jointly acquire the deepwater container terminal Gdańsk from Macquarie infrastructure and Real Assets, MTAA SUPER, AustralianSuper and Statewide Super
08:36 Port Canaveral starts construction of new Cruise Terminal 3 complex
07:58 SeaKing Electrical completes DFDS ferry upgrades in France

2019 March 20

18:00 Insight Into Contemporary Seafaring workshop held at Azerbaijan State Maritime Academy
17:43 Damen Cruise inks first contract with SeaDream Yacht Club
17:34 Wärtsilä prepares solutions for new state-of-the-art Wasaline ferry
17:34 Fire on Costa Smeralda under construction at Meyer Turku Shipyard not to affect building schedule
17:08 NOVATEK BoD recommends payment of RR 16.81 per ordinary share as 2018 dividend
16:46 Ukrainian seaports increased cargo handling by 2.5 million tons in January-February
16:22 ABP’s Hull Dry Bulks Terminal marks milestone handling biggest shipment
16:03 IMSSEA hosted “Maritime training and research activities” workshop
15:40 EU NAVFOR supports Somali / Ugandan maritime leadership training exercise course
15:21 Port of Long Beach Survey Director named
14:59 Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications appoints steering group to support reform of Act on Transport of Dangerous Goods
14:35 11 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
14:12 Nauticor and Destination Gotland start LNG bunkering in the port of Visby for MS “Visborg” with the world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel “Kairos”
13:57 DNV GL has joined RAO/CIS Offshore 2019 as Sponsor of a conference session