A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, the world’s largest containership operator by capacity, is studying deploying drones aboard its giant vessels and at its port operations around the world in an effort to cut the cost of supplying ships at sea.
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While studies are preliminary, Maersk says it could save up to $9,000 per ship in annual operating costs by shuttling everything from mail, medicine and spare parts by drone.
The company is looking at stationing drones aboard ship for other tasks, like hull inspections.
Modern vessels—many of them too big to tie up to a pier—rely on a fleet of auxiliary ships and barges to supply them with everything from fuel to food, even when they are in port.
Drones could provide an easier way to move smaller cargoes quickly and more flexibly from shore to ship and the other way around.