Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a global maritime industry group, has been selected to help develop the future UAV regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for its shore-to-ship delivery project.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service is one of only four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) by CAAS and the Ministry of Transport.
The CFP aims to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS. The maximum funding available for each project is SGD1.5 million, or up to 50% of the total project qualified costs.
Outlining the potential development of UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries, the winning proposal from Wilhelmsen highlighted how UAS delivery could improve safety, productivity and efficiency.
With a quicker response rate and turnaround time compared to traditional launch boat deliveries, Wilhelmsen believes delivery by UAS has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90%, as well as removing the safety risks inherent with delivery via launch boat.
Marius Johansen, vice president of commercial for ships agency, said: “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 localisation and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system.”
Signing a detailed MOU with aviation company Airbus, in addition to the CFP award, Wilhelmsen Ships Service is currently working with Airbus’ Skyways on a pilot trial to deliver spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables to vessels at anchorage from Singapore port’s Marina South Pier.