Building on SEA-KIT success
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be looking to build on the recent successful 22 day data collection mission of a remotely operated vessel.
The journey, during which the SEA-KIT unmanned vessel Maxlimer surveyed previously uncharted territory, is a sign of great progress in the field of autonomous shipping.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, through the MARLab project and as part of the wider work of the Maritime Future Technologies team is working on a long-term plan looking at how autonomous ships can be best regulated.
Dr Katrina Kemp, Smart Ships & Automation Policy Officer for the MCA said: “This was a really exciting journey, and a great opportunity for us to support a company at the forefront of new developments and pushing boundaries for remotely operated vessels.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has supported SEA-KIT in this project by ensuring the necessary certification was obtained. This has included providing a waiver, which allowed the journey to take place without crew onboard, and issuing a Load Line Exemption to ensure safety requirements were met.