Specifically, the classification's approach to autonomous development is focused on key principles established in the four preceding ABS publications:

  • ABS Guidance Notes for Smart Function Implementation
  • ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units
  • ABS Guidance Notes on Review and Approval of Novel Concepts
  • ABS Guidance Notes on Qualifying New Technologies

Autonomous technology is gradually reshaping the maritime industry, bringing benefits such as increased operational efficiency, human error reduction, emission reduction, increased safety, and operational cost reduction. Regulation, engineering and culture all present challenges as significant as the development of technology itself.

...said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

Moreover, the advisory presents the phases among automation and fully fledged autonomous function and highlights the importance of the Concept of Operations document development.

At the same time, ABS details that Remote Control and Operations Centers will play a critical human-in-the-loop role for autonomous operations.

As for the regulatory field, the advisory gives an overview based on the roles of the the flag states and port states as well as an update on the Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Regulatory Scoping Exercise by the IMO.

ABS is at the forefront of these emerging technologies and is currently collaborating with members, industry and regulators on autonomous vessel design, risk management and implementation projects all over the world. This advisory contains valuable guidance drawn from our extensive experience.

...Mr. Patrick Ryan concluded.

To learn more on ABS's advisory, click here.