New Singapore testing site for drone technologies ‘to bring innovation to maritime applications’
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched Singapore’s first Maritime Drone Estate (MDE) in conjunction with the 15th Singapore Maritime Week.
Chee Hong Tat, senior minister of state for foreign affairs and transport, said: “Technology has played a pivotal role in helping the maritime sector remain resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The launch of the Maritime Drone Estate marks an important milestone in advancing Singapore’s journey towards the use of emerging technologies in the maritime sector. As we embark on this exciting future, we look forward to supporting our industry partners and growing more start-ups to build a thriving maritime innovation ecosystem.”
At the launch event, Mr Tat loaded a 3D-printed part into a drone carriage and witnessed the drone deliver its package from the MDE to a vessel at the nearby anchorage.
Drone technologies have the potential to transform traditional maritime operations such as shore-ship deliveries and remote inspections of ships and container cranes.
Innovative applications of drone technologies can bring benefits such as increased productivity, reduced need for manpower and lower costs.
For more information visit www.mpa.gov.sg
26th April 2021