The UK Marine Industries Alliance has launched an industry Code of Conduct in respect of surface marine autonomous systems (MAS).
The aim of the Code is to establish pan industry agreement on aspects of marine autonomous systems development, design, production and operation in advance of and alongside the establishment of governing regulations.
An output of the marine autonomous systems regulatory working group of the Marine Industries Alliance, the Code outlines practices to support safety and professionalism within the industry, advance self-regulation in advance of official direction and support improved communications between companies, regulators and the wider maritime community.
James Fanshawe, Chair of the working group, commented: “Unmanned vessels are already being operated safely and responsibly within the existing regulations, conventions and procedures. This Code of Conduct sets down nine ‘Industry Principles’ which demonstrate a clear commitment to ensuring that MAS are operated safely and responsibly whilst ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations as far as practically possible.”
The IMarEST is delighted to support the Code of Conduct, the benefits of which include outlining practices to support safety and professionalism within the industry and promoting improved training, conduct and personal responsibility within the signatories and wider society which are in line with the IMarEST’s own mission. In addition, the IMarEST is in the process of establishing Special Interest Groups to look at other aspects in this rapidly developing field. For details please contact