The UK Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) is organising this conference to develop and promote a UK Code of Practice in collaboration with the international maritime community.
The conference will focus on the operation of Marine Autonomous Systems and examine the regulatory framework and the evidence on which it has been based, particularly Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) when on or near the surface.
This international conference follows on from the submission of an Information Paper to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee MSC 95 (June 2015). The aim of the INF paper was to raise awareness, seek engagement and endeavour to foster collaborative working practices among Member States, inter-governmental organisations and non-governmental organisations with a view to ensuring that the increasing numbers of MAS being manufactured are operated within the existing IMO regulatory framework to ensure marine safety, security and environmental protection.
Date: 14–15 October 2015
The National Oceanography Centre