Dr. Hideyuki Ando Made a Presentation at the International Workshop on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships and IMO Regulations
The 99th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99) was held at the IMO Headquarters in London from May 16 to 25, 2018.
Prior to the meeting, the International Workshop on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships and IMO Regulations took place at the same place on May 14, which was mainly organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan*1. Nearly 250 delegates from various countries participated in the workshop, and shared information of the activities towards the application of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and discussed future international rules. MTI Senior General Manager Dr. Hideyuki Ando made a presentation on the NYK’s approach to digitalization in shipping, which will consequently contribute to the MASS development. In the panel discussion, he emphasized the importance of securing safety and reliability of communication and other systems, including the mechanism of fallback*2, and the needs for having meetings for sharing technical information and experiences of each country.
At MSC99, the framework for the regulatory scoping exercise for the use of MASS was discussed. The provisional definition of MASS and degrees of autonomy, and establishment of a correspondence group for further discussion towards MSC100 in December 2018, were agreed. Mr. Takuya Nakashima, Researcher of MTI, participated as one of the advisers of Japanese delegation.
- *1 Press Release of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (in Japanese): http://www.mlit.go.jp/report/press/kaiji06_hh_000167.html
- *2 Fallback: an alternative plan that may be used in an emergency