Super Sniffer Drones and Jail: Regulators Get Tough on Shipping

By Jack Wittels and Ann Koh (Bloomberg) -- Teams of drones are about to start policing the skies of some of the world’s busiest shipping ports. Their target? Environmental rule-breakers. It might sound -- and look -- like something out of a Marvel Avengers movie, but for many ports around the world, these so-called sniffer drones are the best way to enforce new regulations … [Read more...]

UK to Trial Search and Rescue Drones

Authorities in the UK are launching a pilot project to test the use of drones to assist in search and rescue operations. The year-long trial is set to launch later this month to support search and rescue around the coast of Essex thanks to a partnership between Essex Police, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The … [Read more...]

Sulphur-Sniffing Drone to Sniff Out Polluters in Danish Waters

Authorities in Denmark have deployed a large sulphur-sniffing drone to literally sniff out ships breaking EU rules governing the sulphur content of marine fuel. The drone is being used by the Danish Maritime Agency to monitor ship emissions around the area of the Great Belt, where a number of large tankers transit to and from the Baltic Sea. The first aerial sulphur emission … [Read more...]

Wilhelmsen Launches Shore-to-Ship Drone Delivery Pilot Project in Singapore

Wilhelmsen Ships Service and global aeronautics company Airbus this week launched a pilot project testing the world’s first shore-to-ship drone delivery in real-time conditions at the port of Singapore. Lifting off from Singapore’s Marina South Pier, the maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s ATHS vessel Pacific Centurion located 1.5km … [Read more...]

Test of Class Survey Using Drones Demonstrated in Japan

Japanese shipping line Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service. The survey was conducted along with international class society ClassNK, Hitachi Systems, and Mitsui Co. The demonstration included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast … [Read more...]