Skyports and Jurong Port, operator of Singapore’s multi-purpose cargo port, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop ship-to-shore infrastructure for large-scale drone delivery operations and expand the country’s bustling maritime sector.
The MoU will draw on Skyports’ global experience of building take-off and landing infrastructure for cargo drone deliveries to be integrated into the existing logistics operations of Singapore’s Jurong Port.
Skyports head of Asia Pacific Yun-Yuan Tay said: “Tremendous progress has been made in maritime drone delivery services over the past year, and infrastructure development is the next critical step in realising the opportunities afforded by large-scale drone delivery services.
“We are partnering with Jurong Port to take tangible steps towards designing Singapore’s first full-scale infrastructure development project and look forward to bringing better efficiency, safety and value to the shipping and logistics industry.”
Trials will be carried out simultaneously with ongoing port operations at the same time as Skyports engages with relevant public sector organisations, regulators, and private entities to develop critical regulatory frameworks for deploying large-scale cargo drone delivery services.
Jurong Port assistant vice president Walter Lin added: “Drone delivery technology has demonstrated its ability to improve maritime processes and develop a supporting infrastructure to transform the future of logistics and shipping.
“As one of the world’s busiest anchorages, Jurong Port is constantly looking out for solutions to benefit the shipping and maritime industry, where drone delivery will play an integral role in the port’s evolution.”
Singapore Maritime and Port Authority director Ng Yi Han continued: “The MoU represents an important milestone towards commercialisation of maritime ship-to-shore cargo drone delivery.
“Drone delivery will bring about faster delivery times and reduced emissions, and we look forward to supporting our partners as the maritime industry continues to leverage technology innovation to strengthen efficiency and resilience.”
Jurong Port provides ‘best-in-class’ multipurpose port services, having served Singapore for more than 50 years as the main point of entry, handling bulk, break-bulk and containerised cargo, while managing tens of thousands of vessel-calls annually.
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