Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure developer and drone operator Skyports has entered into two new business partnerships with Thome Group, a fully integrated ship management company, and Wilhelmsen Ships Agency, one of the world’s largest shipping agents. in the world. Adding the reach and skills of Thome and Wilhelmsen will accelerate Skyports’ ambitions in bringing drone delivery services to Singapore’s bustling maritime sector.
With strong support and partnerships, Skyports is well on its way to commercializing shore-to-ship maritime delivery services at scale and simultaneously developing the infrastructure needed to support these services for all players. industry in Singapore and beyond.
Yun-Yuan Tay, Head of APAC, Skyports, said, “Skyports is proud to work with some of the leaders in the maritime and shipping industry, and to have forward-looking partners like Wilhelmsen and Thome who recognize the importance and relevance of using AAM. in their operations. Looking ahead, we hope to continue to develop the AAM industry in Singapore and the region to improve processes in the maritime industry – reducing delivery times and carbon emissions, providing a new transportation option to the times more efficient and more durable.
Wilhelmsen and Thome are two of the biggest players in the shipping industry, managing ships and providing agency services for thousands of ships in the Port of Singapore each year.
Separate trials will see Skyports working closely with Wilhelmsen Ships Agency and Thome Group, as well as Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and other government agencies. 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, leading to the operationalization of drone delivery services in the maritime sector .
The Skyports trials will deploy Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) deliveries from the temporary drone delivery distribution center at the Maritime Drone Estate to vessels at pre-identified anchorages. Skyports is looking to make up to 100 deliveries during the partnership period.
“Wilhelmsen is delighted to be working with Skyports to integrate the drone delivery option into our service offering,” said Jodie Reibel, Vice President Governance and Sustainability at Wilhelmsen Ships Agency. “We are committed to exploring new opportunities in renewable energy, zero-emission shipping and marine digitalization, and this partnership with Skyports is just one example of these collaborations. Using drone technology and digitizing dock-to-vessel deliveries would greatly improve the efficiency of our operations and provide our customers with a more sustainable and convenient option.