Wilhelmsen to Develop Drone Technology
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (Wilhelmsen) has been chosen to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and will receive funding for its shore-to-ship delivery project.
Wilhelmsen is one of four companies to be selected following the call-for-proposal (CFP) by CAAS and Singapore’s Ministry of Transport.
The aim of the CFP is to support the development of systems and technologies to enable UAS on a wide range of innovations.
During its proposal for the CFP, Wilhelmsen emphasised the safety, productivity and efficiency aspect of UAS.
Read more about the impact of drones on the shipping industry by reading a Port Technology technical paper
The company believes delivery by UAS has the potential to reduce shore-to-ship costs by 90%, as well as cutting health and safety risks.
Wilhelmsen signed a memorandum-of-understanding with Airbus to explore how drone technology could benefit the Port of Singapore in July 2018.
Marius Johansen, Commercial Vice President, Wilhemsen, commented: "Only weeks after announcing the Airbus partnership, this award almost feels a bit overwhelming.
“In itself it 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 localization and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system.
“It is another significant recognition of the work we are doing and without doubt places Wilhelmsen at the very top of the list of innovative players in the maritime industry.”