First shore-to-ship drone delivery trial goes without a hitch

Developers say test is first successful one in the world; system could help cut manpower

A drone test being conducted off the Marina South Pier. The drone system is six times faster than delivering by boat and lowers costs by up to 90 per cent, cuts carbon emissions and reduces the risk of maritime accidents.
A drone test being conducted off the Marina South Pier. The drone system is six times faster than delivering by boat and lowers costs by up to 90 per cent, cuts carbon emissions and reduces the risk of maritime accidents.PHOTO: WILHELMSEN

Hungry sailors anchored in Singapore waters could one day be able to enjoy pizzas delivered by drone, thanks to a new service that could be shipshape by next year.

The delivery drone, which can carry a 4kg package, has been undergoing extensive tests since July last year, although work started on the concept two years ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'First shore-to-ship drone delivery trial goes without a hitch'. Subscribe