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Singapore uses commercial delivery drone instead of supply ships in Singapore waters

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Mobility firm Skyports, ship management firm Thome Group and shipping company Wilhelmsen signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Tuesday (April 5),use drone  delivery supplies to ships in Singapore's waters.


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the agreement represents the next critical step in the full-scale commercialisation of maritime ship-to-shore delivery services in Singapore.

At least three companies are now carrying out paid unmanned drones deliveries for small items such as cash, 3D-printed shipping parts and fuel samples from Marina South to ships out at sea.

On the impact of the new agreement, Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat said on Tuesday : "These trials will provide insights for commercial players and regulatory agencies to formulate operational parameters such as service standards, turnaround times, and maintenance regimes for maritime drones."

Mr Chee said he is confident that there will be regular use of maritime drones in the near future.

He said Fuel consumption by supply boats or crew transfer vessels emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. but  use of these drones to deliver supplies to vessels in Singapore's anchorages will be cheaper, faster and better for the environment.

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