UK launches Industry Code of Practice for autonomous vessels

The Code aims to provide practical guidance for the design, construction and safe operation of autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels less than 24 metres long The Code aims to provide practical guidance for the design, construction and safe operation of autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels less than 24 metres long
Industry Database

Maritime UK has launched a new Industry Code of Practice for autonomous vessels which seeks to bridge the gap while more detailed regulatory framework for these systems is developed.

The Industry Code of Practice for the design, construction and operation of autonomous maritime systems was launched during the 3rd Conference held by the MAS Regulatory Working Group in Southampton, UK.

The UK Industry Code of Practice has been prepared by the UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Working Group. James Fanshawe, the group’s Chairman said: “I am very grateful to both Maritime UK and the Society of Maritime Industries for publishing this Code which follows the publication of the Industry Code of Conduct last year.”

“These are exciting times and it is very important that every step is taken to ensure safety for everyone at sea, whether in manned or unmanned vessels.”

Practical guidance

The Code provides practical guidance for the design, construction and safe operation of autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels less than 24 metres long,

Covering design, manufacturing, safety, communication and navigation through to training and skills, the Code makes a comprehensive contribution to the fast-moving world of maritime autonomy.

It will be updated as required when guidance from the IMO Regulatory Scoping Exercise is published, and as the MCA develops policies to meet the needs of forthcoming technological, commercial and regulatory demands.

The Code of Practice can be found in full at www.maritimeuk.org/mas-cop

By Anne-Marie Causer

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