Test: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016

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|Sep 24|magazine1 min read

4. Maritime Transportation

Maersk Tests Drone Delivery to Cargo Ship

Maersk Tankers is testing delivery to vessels on drones that have been certified for explosive environments, meaning that with a tanker the drones cannot create any spark even if they were to crash. The use of drones is cost-effective as there can be high costs for on-board delivery of small parcels, filled with urgent spare parts or mail. Costs for a barge are on average $1,000 and can be higher. Drone use with the current payload could bring potential savings of $3,000-$9,000 per vessel per year.