Ship management company

Skyports launches marine drone delivery with two new partnerships

Skyports has announced two new business alliances: one with Thome Group, a fully integrated ship management organization, and the other with Wilhelmsen Ships Agency, one of the world’s leading shipping agents. Skyports’ goals of introducing drone delivery services to Singapore’s booming maritime industry would be accelerated by adding the reach and skills of Thome and Wilhelmsen.

Skyports is on the path to commercializing large-scale marine delivery services from shore to ship, as well as building the essential infrastructure in parallel to enable these services to all industry players in Singapore and beyond. beyond, thanks to strong support and collaborations.

Yun-Yuan Tay, Head of APAC, Skyports, said: “Looking forward, we hope to continue to develop the AAM industry in Singapore and the region to improve processes in the maritime industry – by reducing delivery times and carbon emissions, providing a new transportation option that is both more efficient and more sustainable.”

Wilhelmsen and Thome are two of the largest players in the shipping industry, managing vessels and providing agency services to hundreds of vessels at the Port of Singapore each year.

Skyports will work closely with Wilhelmsen Ships Agency and Thome Group, as well as the Singapore Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and other government agencies, on separate experiences. Skyports will lead the development and testing of the concept of operations (ConOps) for proof-of-concept (PoC) operations for shore-to-ship drone deliveries, which will pave the way for the commercialization of drone delivery services in the maritime sector.

Officiated by Chee Hong Tat (centre), Singapore Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, Head of Skyports APAC, Yun-Yuan Tay (L) and Jodie Reibel (R), Vice President Governance and Sustainability for Wilhelmsen Ships Agency

Skyports Experiences will deploy Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) deliveries from the Maritime Drone Estate’s temporary drone delivery distribution center to boats at pre-identified anchorages. During the cooperation, Skyports hopes to make up to 100 deliveries.

“We are committed to exploring new opportunities in renewable energy, zero-emission shipping and maritime digitalization, and this partnership with Skyports is just one example of these collaborations. The use of drone technology and digitizing shore-to-ship deliveries would significantly improve the efficiency of our operations and provide our customers with a more sustainable and convenient option,” said Jodie Reibel, Vice President of Governance and Sustainability for Wilhelmsen Ships Agency.

Officiated by Chee Hong Tat (center), Singapore Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, Head of Skyports APAC, Yun-Yuan Tay (L), and Peter Schellenberger (R), Vice President, Channel procurement, Thome Group

Peter Schellenberger, Vice President, Supply Chain, Thome Group, said: “Thome is continually improving its services and offerings to enable its customers to remain competitive in the maritime industry and is pleased to work with Skyports on this new collaboration. The company works closely with partners like Skyports to explore new technologies and methods to provide customers with versatile solutions in vessel management and offshore structure management.”

“With the volume of cargo passing through the port of Singapore every day, the company sees the potential for the AAM industry to change the way the maritime sector operates and is eager to develop this further. Regulatory compliance is extremely important, and we work closely with our customers, suppliers and constituents to tackle important issues such as decarbonisation, sustainability and governance.This forward-thinking approach has resulted in the Thome Group being widely recognized as the one of the world’s leading independent international ship managers,” added Schellenberger.

Ng Yi Han, Director (Innovation, Technology and Talent Development), MPA said: “The agreements between Skyports and Wilhelmsen Ships Agency as well as Skyports and Thome Group demonstrate the potential of drone technology as they seek to develop drones on land. The acceleration of drone technology makes these partnerships important for regulators and industry players to better understand how business operations can take place in our port environment to deliver effective business solutions. and safe.”