• 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 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades
14:12 NYK develops Japan’s first additive for fuel oil compliant with 2020 SOx regulation
13:32 Hapag-Lloyd to restructure its Service Portfolio to/from Caribbean, Central America and SAWC
12:14 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates on Asia - North Europe service
11:06 USCG rescues 3 from sinking sailboat off Hatteras Inlet
10:16 PSA’s BMCT and CITPL hold Hyderabad trade meet

2019 May 18

15:12 CMA CGM launches the Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products
14:51 DNO completes USD 400M bond placement
13:02 AAL delivers from China four RTGs to Port of Felixstowe
12:31 USCG deploys containment, collection system at Mississippi Canyon 20 site
11:07 Kotug Smit performs naming ceremony for tug ‘Buffalo’

2019 May 17

18:22 Maersk launches new CLX service, optimized West Coast Latin America - NE network
17:49 Madrid, Spain to host the International Cruise Summit on 27-28 November 2019
17:14 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers Idel-1, sixth ship of Project RSD59 series ordered by STLC
16:40 MPC Capital AG announces key figures for the 1st quarter 2019
16:16 Vyborg Shipyard launches second serial trawler of Project KMT01 built for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet
15:58 Leningrad Region presented layout of multimodal transport and logistics center at Bronka port
15:27 Nord Stream 2 AG submitted third permit application and EIA to DEA
15:04 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA declares two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding
14:49 Marine Rescue Service takes delivery of Bakhtemir, lead ship in a series of four multifunctional salvage tugs of Project MPSV12
14:20 Net profit of Port Vanino for 1Q’19 calculated under RAS grew by 39.8% to RUB 562.34 million
14:03 Damen and De Beers Marine Namibia formalise new relationship, with Mangalia yard centre stage
13:58 IMO held national maritime transport policy training for Saint Kitts and Nevis
13:35 BC Ferries to implement fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1 2019
13:21 Bunker prices started going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
13:09 Grimaldi Group's ro/ro vessel Grande Europa was hit by a fire
12:52 PGNiG Group posts over one billion in net profit for the first quarter of 2019
12:30 Maersk Product Tankers completes sale and leaseback agreement
12:09 DEME Offshore awarded major Hornsea Two contract for foundation and turbine installation
11:43 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port handled 323,000 tonnes 1Q’2019
11:30 LR to support the Italian Shipping Community through RO status
11:09 CMA CGM announces General Rate Restoration from Asia to West Africa
10:48 Northern Fleet ASW Severomorsk completed training in Norwegian sea
10:30 MODEC commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to supply a total of six compressor trains for a new FPSO vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
10:09 Secretary General of IMO to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019
09:51 Port of Tallinn Group’s revenue in 1Q’19 amounted to EUR 28.5 million, profit to 11.0 million
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.33% to $72.86, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $63.15
09:30 ECSA marks the European Maritime Day 2019
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 1,032 points
08:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 17

2019 May 16

18:05 RAS net profit of Russian Railways for 1Q’19 up 1.9 times YoY to RUB 17.7 billion
17:50 BPO shares Baltic experience and discusses market trends at Global Liner Shipping
17:27 BIMCO to publish industry’s first offshore decommissioning contract
16:38 LUKOIL drills record breaking wells at D41 in the Baltic Sea
16:16 USCG, FEMA, Cal OES meet to discuss emergency response in San Francisco
15:34 Throughput of Tuapse Sea Commercial Port in 1Q’2019 grew by 8% YoY to 4.2 million tonnes
15:11 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg handled 202,300 TEUs in 1Q’2019, up 20% YoY
14:49 IAPH World Ports Conference concludes successfully in Guangzhou
14:17 The AEC welcomes new chair, signs MoU with Arctic Council
13:53 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 93,800 tonnes of cargo in Jan-Apr’19, up 9.6% Y-o-Y
13:30 Rosmorrechflot: Ambal ferry to enter the Baltijsk-Ust-Luga line till the end of the week
13:05 Shipyard De Hoop delivers cruise vessel ‘Celebrity Flora’ to Celebrity Cruises
12:44 Finland to deposit its instrument of accession to HNS Convention after major countries receiving hazardous substances accept it
12:22 Maiden call of Celebrity Edge at the Port of Southampton marked with traditional plaque & key ceremony
12:00 Şadan Kaptanoğlu elected BIMCO President
11:36 Bunker prices show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:13 Maunu Visuri appointed as President and CEO of Arctia Ltd
11:01 Long Beach Harbor Commission appoints Director of Finance
10:51 Kitack Lim to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019