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Airbus' Skyways drone completes world's first shore-to-ship deliveries

18/03/2019
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A future in which the skies will be filled with drones completing deliveries has edged closer this week with Airbus announcing that its new Skyways drone has successfully completed the world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries during trials in Singapore.
The Skyways drone is capable of delivering packages up to 4kg in weight.
(The Skyways drone is capable of delivering packages up to 4kg in weight. Image via Airbus).

The deliveries mark the first time that drones have been used in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. Primarily designed to speed up delivery times, the use of drones will also offer a safer and greener way of conducting deliveries in busy port environments- as well as reducing delivery costs by as much as 90%.

Airbus is conducting the trials in collaboration with logistics company Wilhelmsen Ships Services and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel “M/V Pacific Centurion”, 1.5 km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5kg of 3D printed consumables. Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing its cargo to the shipmaster, the Skyways unmanned air vehicle swiftly returned to its base, with the entire flight taking only 10 minutes.

Whilst this trial involved a 1.5kg package, Airbus claim that the Skyways drone is capable of carrying up to 4kg (8.8lb) to vessels as far away as 3km (1.86 miles) from the shore, using dedicated aerial corridors which are navigated with autonomous control software.
The use of drones in shore-to-ship deliveries will reduce costs by as much as 90%
(The use of drones in shore-to-ship deliveries will reduce costs by as much as 90%. Image via Airbus).

Airbus’ Skyways lead, Leo Jeoh, shared his excitement at the milestone flight, saying:

“We are thrilled to launch the first trial of its kind in the maritime world. Today’s accomplishment is a culmination of months of intense preparation by our dedicated team, and the strong collaboration with our partner, as we pursue a new terrain in the maritime industry. We are also happy to be taking a step forward for Airbus’ urban air mobility endeavour, as we continue to explore and seek better understanding of what it takes to fly safe and reliable autonomous flying vehicles safely”.

Having successfully completed the world’s first shore-to-ship drone delivery, Airbus will be conducting further trials which will involve the delivery of parcels autonomously in an urban environment in collaboration with the National University of Singapore.

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