Central to the UK Maritime Coastguard Authority (MCA) MARLab project is the data workstream. The purpose of this study is to define the parameters for a single, common, interactive and scalable data hub to share mission critical navigation data, facilitating the safe testing of smart and autonomous vessels of less than 24 metres in length in UK waters. The aim of this data sharing facility is to unlock the potential for the future development of MASS (Marine Autonomous Surface Ships). In the process, MARLab maps the requirements for a legal and regulatory framework and addresses significant barriers and concerns which principal players say are hindering sector development and growth.
Simon Hindley holds the current position of Managing Director at Solis Marine Engineering Ltd. He is a naval architect responsible for engineering design and analysis services. His previous experience includes work for the UK MOD and marine renewable energy projects from concept design to offshore deployment.