The maritime drone estate at marina south will help speed up innovation in the sector. 10 million dollars is also being set aside for startups. With a new scheme offering grants of up to a hundred thousand dollars, gwyneth chio tells us more. This drone is being used to drop off cargo on ships like this 3d printed spare part startup. F. Drones will do a trial at the maritime drone estate over two months using grants from the mint fund. We are flying to vessels that is constantly moving yeah, so uh having a drone that can follow the vessels and land on its own is a challenge of itself, Sim, so um having this estate here and a place safe environment where we are working along with various Authorities it helps us to speed up our development itself. This area was chosen for the maritime drone estate because it’s near the anchorages for the ships making it convenient when drone companies want to work with ship companies to perform trials. It also means that authorities can quarter off the area around the trial to ensure the safety of other ships that’s, especially as companies will be testing risky. Maneuvers such as automated landing on deck sd engineering will be trialling this, as well as its authentication system to make sure the delivery goes to the right customer. It says shorter ship drone deliveries are particularly useful for items needed urgently on board. The current method is using boats, so with the drone, it does give a faster response time and it’s safer, because the person delivering the package does not need to climb up a very large vessel.
So the drone will bring it right on deck and directly to the person receiving it who has to authenticate before he can receive the package. Both companies expect to bring their solutions to market by the end of the year. Speaking at the singapore maritime technology conference senior minister of state for transport, xiangta says these solutions will benefit not only the country but other ports around the world. It is about providing a safe space to fail so that companies and individuals have a conducive environment, to try new ideas and are prepared for many of these experiments to fail before a successful idea eventually emerges that could lead to sustainable and scalable solutions. Drone companies are also testing the range and robustness of the 5g network out at sea, as well as autonomous air traffic management of multiple drones. Singapore is also looking to speed up maritime transactions and strengthen supply chains. By going digital, the maritime and port authority of singapore will call for proposals to build electronic tamper proof solutions to process essential documents. A company needs this document to prove it owns the cargo on the ship. Somente 0.1 percent of these are now issued electronically, but this could change a trial between singapore and the netherlands using e bills. This year reduced time for handling delivery and verification from up to 10 days to just one one firm that looked part that took part in the trial says it reduces cost too, as is especially helpful during the pandemic.
That document needs to go through some out of our office, should our customers office in singapore, and then it goes to a bank back to the customer. Go into an envelope flies all the way through autism. So you can imagine like all the cost that is involved in this transaction. We have had scenarios where the documents were stuck somewhere because of us. The city was in lockdown or someone was not able to present a paper document because of that as well and to enhance singapore’s position as a key bunkering. Port mpa will launch a digitalization plan for the sector.