Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will soon be delivering agency services via drones.
WSS claimed that its ships agency team, rather than the company’s supply chain, or product divisions, have been assessing the business opportunities offered by drones.
Marius Johansen, vice president business solutions & marketing, WSS Ships Agency, explained, “Whether it is deliveries of critical documents or vital medical supplies, tank inspections, or monitoring cargo and stockpile levels, we believe semi-autonomous drone flights can support and further enhance what our ships agency team can offer our customers.
“Relied upon by owners, operators, vessels and crew to get spare parts, medicine, documents, or cash to master where it needs to be at moment’s notice, drone delivery is a natural extension of our existing agency service portfolio,” he said.
Dispensing with the need for launch boats to deliver these services to vessels at anchorage, along with cutting delivery times, Johansen estimated that drone flights would also slash costs. With launches typically costing on average $1,500, he suggested a drone delivery would eventually come down to just $150.
Launching a large scale working pilot project in one of the world’s busiest ports in 2017 and in spite of the complexity of global aviation rules and restrictions placed on unmanned aerial vehicles, for WSS drone delivery is very much here to stay.
Discussing the project for the duration of Nor-Shipping, the WSS agency team will be on the Wilhelmsen stand, A1-7 in the Disruptive Sustainability hall.