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IMO to begin examination of autonomous vessels

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets for its 99th session from 16-25 May, with its agenda to include a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MSC says it will begin looking at how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) may be introduced in IMO instruments, with work at this session expected to focus on the framework of the regulatory exercise (e.g. instruments to be considered) and a plan of work.

Also on the agenda for the MSC meeting is the expected adoption of amendments to a range of other instruments, including amendments to SOLAS regulations II-1/1 and II-1/8-1, concerning computerised stability support for the master in case of flooding for existing passenger ships.

Amendments to SOLAS chapter IV are also expected to be adopted, replacing all references to “Inmarsat” with references to a “recognized mobile satellite service”, in line with IMO’s continuing review and modernisation of the GMDSS.{/mprestriction}

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