UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Working Group
James Fanshawe retired from the Royal Navy in 2005. An Anti-Submarine warfare specialist, he commanded HMS HURWORTH, CLEOPATRA AND FEARLESS and was the Commander United Kingdom Task Group and Commander of the Devonport Flotilla. He held several senior appointments ashore including Director of Plans at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters.
James works within a mixed commercial portfolio, chairing several companies and organisations. He chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group on behalf of the Marine Industries Alliance. This group released a Code of Conduct for the safe operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and has now published a Code of Practice for MASS, having prepared the proposal submitted by the UK to the International Maritime Organisation in February 2017 for a regulatory scoping exercise for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships. He is a member of the Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) Steering Group and the MAS Council.
8:45 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS
- Deriving short-term gains in operational efficiency, environmental responsibility and navigational safety through the application of technology
- Defining a realistic concept for automation which works for long-haul container operators. Identifying the extent to which core vessel processes can be digitised
- UK MASRWG’s progress in defining an industry code of practice for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). How can ship operators help to define the goals for digitisation and autonomy?
- How will the increased flow of data between vessels support efficiency for maritime operations? What are the barriers, both technical and regulatory, to increased data flow?
- Assessing the block chain phenomena as a means to advance data usage for the shipping sector
- Securing data transfer. Assessing and mitigating the cyber risk in the context of enhanced connectivity
- Improving connectivity between the digitised ship and the digitised port. Minimising delay and establishing effective contingencies in the event of unavoidable disruption
3:00 PM INDUSTRY PANEL DISCUSSION: RETROFITTING A LEGACY FLEET TO ENHANCE GLOBAL MARITIME OPERATIONS
- To what extent can existing systems and architectures be upgraded to support advanced on-board IT?
- Creating a mesh network which enhances communication ship- ship and ship-shore
- How can industry’s current offering enhance the ways in which fleet and ship managers plan voyages, manage cargo and reduce fuel consumption?
- Moving beyond digitisation at the operational level. Finding opportunities to bring the benefits of digitisation to the freight customer. Streamlining contracting and broking, tracking and freight forwarding
- Increasing the level of on-board automation in a manner which satisfies existing maritime law and insurance requirements. Is the application of maritime technology hindered by regulation, uncertainty in relation to liability of involved parties and the lack of insurability? To what extent should the maritime industry itself propose a revised regulatory and legal framework to ensure progress rather than wait for the national and international regulatory bodies to adapt?
- Overseeing an effective classification process for digitised and automated vessels. To what extent does the current approach need to change? Will classification societies as independent third parties be able to enhance insurability and ease regulatory changes by providing certification and overlooking smart shipping operations?
- The data security challenge. As fleet operators digitise their end-to-end operations, including their engagement with freight customers, how can they ensure that they comply with the demands of data security? Are cyber risk and the relevant types of losses that can be suffered from a cyber attack insurable in the current market? If not, what needs to change?