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SeaBot XR, Fugro and UK MCA join MASSPeople to develop training standards for autonomous vessels

SeaBot XR has joined Fugro and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as founding members of MASSPeople, the network set to shape the future of training for remote and autonomous shipping.

The MASSPeople working group aims to collaborate to shape the future of training for remote and autonomous shipping. The group will explore the human dimension of remote and autonomously enabled marine surface vessels. As a founding member of MASSPeople, SeaBot XR will seek to develop world-leading training standards for those who operate these types of vessels.

The group consists of representatives from European and international maritime authorities.  

Gordon Meadow, SeaBot XR CEO, said: “Fugro and SeaBot XR have been working together since 2019 jointly developing new competency standards and a supporting training framework through which to upskill Fugro’s existing workforce in the operation of remote and autonomous vessels.  We’re delighted and proud to have reached another incredible milestone in helping to shape the connected mariner.”

MASSPeople will help to safeguard progression in the technology/people partnership. Underpinning the changing needs of the workforce, the group will provide recommendations on new competency standards for the International Convention of Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).  The scope of work will determine and propose the new competencies, specialisms, training structures and the qualifications required by operators now and in the future.  

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