drone maersk

“We’ll try and get some distance between us and the vessel, as much as we can while keeping visibility through the fog,” says Kuhn, Supply Chain Manager at Maersk Tankers and part of Maersk Group Procurement Marine.

Ok I must admit I am skeptical of drone deliveries on the whole. But moving smaller supplies to vessels at sea does seem on the face of it sensible. Only a bag of biscuits to start with but a drone delivery none the less.

The airframe itself is from Xamen who from their website say…

Xamen Technologies is an innovative company with headquarters located in Pau, Pyrenees Atlantiques drone-and-briefing(64), Aquitaine Region, French bastion of UAV industry. Our company designs and develops unmanned aircraft in strict compliance with the legislation of the industry (DGAC, Ministry of Transport). As a manufacturer, we sell two types of UAV (D and E, based on French categories), in France and abroad. We train customers on our systems in our certified training center. Finally Xamen Technologies is a member of several representative aeronautical organizations. 

Which I must admit comes as a surprise, when I saw the name I assumed it was Chinese!

Maersk further states..

In the tankers business, it can be hard to predict far in advance which port will be called next and even when in port, it can be complicated and expensive to deliver items to vessels as they are not alongside the quay.

Costs for a barge are on average USD 1,000 and can be higher. That means, drone use could with the current payload bring potential savings of USD 3,000-9,000 per vessel per year, Maersk Tankers estimates.


Sounds to me like big Nitro heli’s might have a bright future in the maritime environment. They can carry more further and faster. Its a pretty low risk environment to others.



By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.