Maersk managed to resupply a tanker via drone

Drone- Maersk-Edgar-approaching In January Marsk, the Danish shipping company, conducted the first refueling one of its ships by drone.

It was still only a test, but the drones will make urgent deliveries of drugs, mail or why not a spare part.

The operation took place off Kalundborg, off Denmark. A drone designed by the French Xamen Technologies delivereda packet on the Maersk Edgar, a chemical tanker. The test took place in January 2016 and the generalization of this type of operation could save a lot of money to shipowners.

A Xamen drone THE DUAL X-4-8 was able to drop his package on the Maersk Edgar

The 4-8-X-DUAL drone Xamen Technologies offers a range of 4 to 15 km, according to the manufacturer.

The 4-8-X-DUAL drone Xamen Technologies offers a 4-range to 15 km, according to its manufacturer.

Each delivery of unplanned equipment to a tanker on its way requires the use of a barge or a $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 surcharge per delivery. According to the initiators of the project, are on average 3 deliveries a year could be achieved by drone, a $ 3,000 savings to $ 9,000 per vessel per year.

Maersk has chosen an X-4-8 THE DUAL drone Xamen Technologies. This is the first drone having won an operating license on ATEX areas, ie an area where there is a risk of explosion due to the presence of gas and steam. The drone can be operated over oil platforms, petrochemical sites, oil tankers, chemical tankers and LNG as Maersk Edgar. The drone has succeeded in his mission, dropping its load 5m above sea level on the deck, as expected. Maersk intends to use drones to perform these time deliveries, but also in the context of inspections of offshore installations Maersk Oil and Drilling

Source: “ Drones are going to save Maersk Tankers money” press release Maersk, March 8, 2016
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