Sailors SocietyThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology China Coaltrans 2020TelestackPort of South LouisianaTBA Group
  • TMS Awards 2020
  • Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020
  • Port of Vancouver USA
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Telestack
  • Vigan

Drone flights in Antwerp

(Posted on 10/09/19)

The SAFIR consortium of partners – Amazon Prime Air, Aveillant, C-Astral, DronePort, Elia, Explicit, Helicus, Port of Antwerp, Proximus, SABCA, Skeyes, Tekever and Unifly – have tested the first simultaneous drone flights in Sint-Truiden DronePort, for among other things package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations. European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc also followed the demonstrations from the front row. SAFIR stands for "Safe and Flexible Integration of Initial U-space Services in a Real Environment," a project funded by the EU. After the first trial round in Sint-Truiden, the press is invited to watch the results of the second live demonstrations in Antwerp on Thursday 26 September together with drone specialists

The recent demonstrations and later this month will provide practical insights for the SESAR public-private partnership, which is the entity responsible for coordinating all EU air traffic management research and development activities. The demonstrations thus contribute to the European Commission's regulatory process for safe, standardized and more harmonious access to airspace for drones. Port of Antwerp is also actively involved in this project:

 

"Drones are a key element in the development of a digital nervous system through the port of Antwerp. A live feed of the various port activities thanks to a network of autonomous drones is a useful tool for the entire port community. The combination of industry and logistics makes the port environment an excellent testing ground for the SAFIR project and other planned drone demonstrations," says Erwin Verstraelen - Chief Digital Information & Innovation Officer at Port of Antwerp.

U-space is a promotional framework which in the long term should facilitate access to all levels of European airspace, including crewed air transport and air traffic control. If everything goes well, the first U-space basic services will be available by the end of 2019. This will allow a range of drone missions within a sustainable European ecosystem that is globally compatible. At present, some drone missions are limited in the absence of a clear regulatory framework.

"Drones stand for innovation, new civilian services, new business models and economic growth. U-space will help unleash the potential of these new services, ensuring safe and secure integration of drone mobility in both urban and rural environments," said EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

After the trial round at the DronePort in Sint-Truiden, the SAFIR partners will test simultaneous drone flights over Antwerp city centre and port, in a world first. The press can view the results of this test case, with explanations from the various partners involved, at Port House on Thursday 26 September at 10:00. Photographs and other visual material will also be made available. Subscribe at: communicatie@portofantwerp.com

Latest News

Single power system for Belgian and Dutch inland ports

(Posted on 18/10/20)

The Port of Antwerp, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Port of Amsterdam, North Sea Port Netherlands... Read more


Steel, power and mining drive Essar tonnage growth

(Posted on 12/10/20)

Essar Ports, a leading private port infrastructure company in India, has announce that for the quarter... Read more


Crucial step for Trois-Rivières

(Posted on 12/10/20)

The Port of Trois-Rivières has received confirmation of significant financial assistance of $... Read more


BPA: borders proposals welcome but timescales short

(Posted on 12/10/20)

Responding to the publication of the UK government’s the Border Operating Model, the British Ports... Read more


Rotterdam joins new Future Fuels Network

(Posted on 07/10/20)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has become a member of the new Future Fuels Network which was launched... Read more


PD welcomes government ports investment

(Posted on 07/10/20)

PD Ports has welcomed the Government’s announcement to invest £160million in ports and factories... Read more


HHLA invests in Trieste

(Posted on 02/10/20)

The Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is taking a majority stake of 50.01 percent in the multi-... Read more


Search on for Antwerp breakbulk dock candidate

(Posted on 01/10/20)

The Churchill Dock, located in the middle of the Port of Antwerp, is set to become a fully-fledged &... Read more


MOU brings Niagara hubs a step closer

(Posted on 28/09/20)

A new network of Niagara logistics hubs is a step closer to reality with the signing of a Memorandum... Read more


Mid-year bulk records for Vancouver

(Posted on 27/09/20)

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has released the 2020 mid-year statistics for goods moving through... Read more


TMS Webinar Series COVID-19: A Leadership Perspective - ‘Container Terminals in the Pandemic - Rapid bounce back or slow recovery?Bühler GmbHViganTOC EventsTMS Awards 2020Coaltrans Virtual World Coal Leaders Network 2020
  • TOC Events
  • TBA Group
  • China Coaltrans 2020

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping