Marco Polo Marine and F-drones announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-develop the world’s first largescale, electric aerial delivery drones for offshore wind farms.
he use of the co-developed delivery drones is expected to result in more than 90% cost savings, and is four times faster than traditional means, which rely mostly on boats and occasionally, helicopters, as the key modes of transport.
The partnership will see both companies co-develop drones customised for deployment in Asia-Pacific, to send supplies and critical items to offshore wind installations.
As the offshore maritime industry transitions to a lower carbon footprint, using drones has an added environmental benefit, a significant reduction in fuel consumption can be achieved when conducting remote delivery of packages of up to 100kg and emergency deliveries to vessels.
Using drones will result in lower Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e) emissions of up to 99%, as compared to sending a supply boat or Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for 100kg loads over 100km to offshore wind farms.
The partnership is an example of different industry players with aligned values coming together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is in line with global and Singapore government initiatives. By enabling efficient and sustainable maritime logistics, this collaboration will boost the offshore maritime industry, as it transitions to fuels with a lower or minimal carbon footprint
Sean Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Marco Polo Marine, commented.