GULFNAV to Use Drones to Deliver Maritime Transport Services
Dubai maritime and shipping company Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GULFNAV), has announced that it has signed an MoU with Wings Logistics Hub, an entity owned by Multi-Level Group.
The MoU stipulates enhancing cooperation between the two sides in the field of maritime transport by employing drones in the services of shipping agencies through the ports of the United Arab Emirates.
According to the agreement, Wings Logistics Services will provide drone services to be used in the agency’s various shipping operations, such as transporting light cargo, heavy cargo, passenger drones, firefighting, mapping and surveillance.
In addition to the cooperation in exploring other solutions, including autonomous light vehicles and AI solutions in the maritime sector.
The deal was signed by Mr. Abdul Jabbar Al Sayegh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Multi-Level Group, and Mr. Ahmad Kilani, CEO of Gulf Navigation Holding, on the sidelines of the UMEX 2024 exhibition and conference held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
Wings Logistics Hub focuses on seamlessly incorporating cutting-edge technologies, specializing in intelligent autonomous drones, eVTOLs and vehicle technologies as well as extended infrastructure including Vports.
Mr. Abdul Jabbar Al Sayegh, Chairman of Multi-Level Group, said: “Our pride lies in the unwavering commitment to advancing intelligent autonomous drones, eVTOLs and vehicle technologies, shaping the future of passenger transportation, mobility, logistics, and smart city management in the UAE.”
Ahmad Kilani, CEO of GULFNAV, welcomed the agreement and said: “The goal of this partnership is to increase revenues by expanding the scope of agency services and exploiting technology to provide higher quality and more efficient services to our customers.
"This cooperation with Wings Logistics Hub will facilitate the delivery of materials through drones to and from large vessels and tankers that are docked kilometers offshore.
“We expect the Company to benefit from drone technology to overcome logistical challenges, as it is more cost-effective compared to traditional methods such as crew boats, which rely mainly on fuel and personnel, and it also contributes to reducing carbon emissions.
"Therefore, we believe that drone technology will revolutionize the supply chains of many goods and services provided to the maritime sector.”