Periscope Network Market Opportunity Report - Smart Inspection and Maintenance; Drones on Ships

The transition of the maritime and offshore industries toward a sustainable “Blue Growth” future is driven by incentives to unlock new growth areas, develop and apply new technologies, and increase productivity. As aerial drones are increasingly evolving in their capabilities, precision, and automation, new use cases are emerging. This report documents the results a series of future use cases for aerial drones onboard ships including a forecast to their expected time to implementation and what is needed to make them happen.

The purpose of the studies is to support decision-making in enterprises and research policy. To this end, a survey instrument developed around the use cases that was put to the crowd for validation and assessment. This report presents the outcome and analysis of 3 surveys taken by a total of 83 respondents. Results show that:

  • Multipurpose drones for supporting vessel navigation will become an accepted practice 5 years from now (2025), and respondents rated the business potential at 4,04/5. Technolog- ical factors are mentioned by most responses (39%), followed by social (36%), political (14%), economic (11%), and environmental factors (0%).
  • Document delivery drones will become an accepted practice 5 years from now (2025), and respondents rated the business potential at 3,38/5. Technological factors are mentioned by most responses (61%), followed by political (21%), social (10%), economic (8%), and envi- ronmental factors (0%).
  • Man overboard rescue drones will become an accepted practice 5 years from now (2025), and respondents rated the business potential at 3,9/5. Technological factors are mentioned by most responses (43%), followed by economic (34%), political (14%), social (9%), and en- vironmental factors (0%).

For further information, you can read the report here.

By Anna Lygre Solvang