Automated drones are soon arriving to Port of Hamburg


Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher visited the HHLA Sky project for automated drone flights on Monday. HHLA Sky, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) have recently teamed up to enable the deployment of automated drones in Hamburg’s port.

Mayor Tschentscher stated on social media: “The HHLA Group is a cutting-edge logistics company with its sights firmly set on the future. Controlled from the HHLA Sky control centre in the Port of Hamburg, drones can be used throughout Europe to check infrastructure and operations – bridges, construction sites, ships and much more”.

The HPA’s efforts toward intelligent port infrastructure will be bolstered by the installation of automated drones. Phanthian Zuesongdham, Head of Division Port Process Solutions at HPA, said that the pilot operations will begin this year already.

Jens Meier, Chairman of the Executive Board of HPA, stated: “In the event of storm surges, accidents or other unforeseeable disruptions, flying, floating or self-driving robots can be on-site considerably faster and provide high-resolution videos and pictures for an exact overview of the situation.”

“The time saved can be decisive in an emergency. Furthermore, they make the maintenance and expansion of the port infrastructure significantly more efficient – for example, in the case of facilities that are difficult, time-consuming or dangerous to reach,” Meier further stated.

The Port of Hamburg is Europe’s second largest container port and also the world’s 11th biggest one. Due to its location just between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, it has also earned the name of Germany’s “Gateway to the World”. It can be reached through the Elbe River from the North Sea, and serves as an important link between Central and Eastern Europe. (photo credit: wikimedia)