Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has been selected to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.WSS is one of four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) aimed to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS. The maximum funding available for each project is SGD 1.5 million (USD 1.1 million), or up to 50% of the total project qualified costs.Outlining the potential development of UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries, the proposal from Wilhelmsen Ships Service highlighted how UAS delivery could improve safety, productivity and efficiency. Namely, with a quicker response rate and turnaround time compared to traditional launch boat deliveries, Wilhelmsen believes that delivery by UAS has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90%, as well as removing the safety risks inherent with delivery via launch boat.Commenting on the award, Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency, said that it will be important for the company “to validate the use case of parcel delivery with drones, but it will also enable us to develop key technological solutions such as ship localization and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system.”The award comes on the back of the company’s MOU with aviation company Airbus, which was signed at maritime exhibition Posidonia. In addition to the CFP award, Wilhelmsen Ships Service are currently working with Airbus’ Skyways on a pilot trial to deliver spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables to vessels at anchorage from Singapore port’s Marina South Pier.Beginning in Q3 2018, this will be the very first-time drone technology that has been deployed in real port conditions, delivering parcels to vessels at anchorage, Wilhelmsen concluded.
Real Madrid’s move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has no bearing on Iker Casillas’ future, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.Reports from the Spanish capital on Tuesday evening suggested Casillas was set to stay at the Bernabeu next season – despite some below-par performances this campaign.The La Liga giants have been linked with a £30million move for De Gea – who many believe is the natural long-term successor to the Spain and Real Madrid No.1.And Hunter insists Real may end up with both shot-stoppers at the club next season.Listen to Graham Hunter’s interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show by clicking above and leave your comments below….