Skyports and Jurong Port are aiming to develop ship-to-shore infrastructure for maritime drone delivery.

Singapore’s multi-purpose port and Skyports have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will draw on Skyports experience in building take-off and landing infrastructure for cargo drones and explore how this can be integrated into existing cargo and logistics operations at Jurong Port.

Under the agreement over the next year the two parties will jointly study the feasibility of drone cargo delivery operations and the building of related infrastructure at Jurong Port. Trial operations will also be carried out with ongoing port operations.

Both parties see major potential for large scale drone delivery in one of the world’s busiest ports.

Walter Lin, Assistant Vice President, Business Units: Breakbulk & Lighters, Jurong Port said, “Drone delivery technology has demonstrated its ability to enhance the maritime industry’s processes, and the development of its supporting infrastructure will be crucial in transforming the future of maritime logistics and shipping.”

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Drone delivery is seen as offering faster delivery times, greater efficiency and lower emissions than traditional methods.

Yun-Yuan Tay, Head of Asia Pacific, Skyports said, “Tremendous progress has been made in the arena of maritime drone delivery services over the past year, and infrastructure development is the next critical step to truly realising the vast opportunities afforded by large-scale drone delivery services.”

Source: Seatrade Maritime News