UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Working Group
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?
As the shipping sector embraces digitisation, there numerous hurdles to be overcome when it comes to managing the increased volume of information, and supporting data fusion between vessels and the shore. This panel discussion will explore the merits of enhanced connectivity, and will assess the opportunities and challenges related to creating smarter, networked ships.
- 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
This panel discussion will be an opportunity for providers of digital maritime solutions to demonstrate the short-term application of technology to a legacy global shipping fleet. It will examine the challenge of retrofitting ageing vessels and systems, and will assess technology’s impact on fleet management and customer service delivery. Key topics and questions will include:
- 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?