The Norway-based ships agency services provider Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is to launch drone deliveries to ships.
The company said drone technology has “obvious applications” in the shipping industry.
Marius Johansen, of WSS, said: “Whether in case of deliveries of critical documents or vital medical supplies, tank inspections, or monitoring cargo and stockpile levels, we believe semiautonomous drone flights can support and further enhance what our ships agency team can offer our customers.
“Relied upon by owners, operators, vessels and crew to get spare parts, medicine, documents, or cash where it needs to be at moment’s notice, drone delivery is a natural extension of our existing agency service.”
Mr Johansen estimates drone flights would reduce costs significantly. The cost of drones amounts to $150 compared to $1,500 for a launch or ship.