An area near
Marina South Pier has now been designated as a space for maritime drone fliers
to test their wares, including by delivering 3D-printed shipping parts to
vessels docked near Singapore’s shores.
Belgium and Canada already use drones to deliver previously manual
first Maritime Drone Estate, launched as part of Singapore Maritime Week this
week, puts the country in the company of Belgium and Canada, which also use
drones to deliver previously manual services.
on Tuesday (April 20) said this will be safer for workers as they will no
longer have to climb steep stairs to deliver goods or conduct inspections on
ships, be more efficient, and also make the industry’s work more
Drones save maritime fuel costs, reducing pollution
where previously small boats took nearly an hour for round trips on their
missions on ships berthed further ashore, drones can do this in less than 15
minutes, saving on maritime fuel costs and reducing pollution.
Senior Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs and Transport Chee Hong Tat said the space was two
years in the making.
He said: “The
drone estate’s location at Marina South is ideal as it is next to the port
waters and near active anchorages used by thousands of vessels annually.”
A total of 11
industry players, including Airbus, Garuda Robotics, ST Engineering and M1,
were at the launch.
To date, nine companies have conducted trials at the drone estate.
pandemic, medicine and food were delivered by drones to crew on ships that had
their schedules delayed.
Nova Systems a traffic system that allows multiple drones to take off
in the same space at the same time
Integral to all
these is Nova Systems, which developed a traffic system that allows multiple
drones to take off in the same space at the same time.
Nova System’s software can track up to 500 drones in a simulated
director Ryan Lee said trials of up to three simultaneous flights have been
conducted, and that Nova System’s software can track up to 500 drones in a
hope a bigger, more permanent space will be carved out for their work, also at
Marina South Pier, and their proposals are pending approval from the