IMO in race against technology to develop autonomous shipping guidelines

IMO in race against technology to develop autonomous shipping guidelines

June 5, 2019 —Lloyd’s List

Proposals to agree the first set of interim guidelines for autonomous shipping are now before the International Maritime Organization. Its Maritime Safety Committee, which has opened its 101st session in London, is preparing a “scoping exercise” to develop a generic, regulatory overview of what will be needed. It comes as countries seek to align global regulations with the rapidly advancing technology for crewless or remotely controlled vessels. This will be the first step to take an in-depth look at a new sector of shipping to which the IMO has ascribed the acronym MASS — maritime autonomous surface ships.

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