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Autonomous ships

What does the forseeable future hold?

In this Insurance Institute of London (IIL) marine & energy lecture Edward Fort talked about the technical issues associated with the move towards autonomous ships that the insurance industry should be aware of.

Edward explained that autonomous vehicles were already established in many applications with every expectation that the world around us was set to become autonomous. In his lecture, Edward asked what do we mean by autonomy and what does this mean for shipping both in the near future and in the longer term. Total automation was not a foregone conclusion. The design of modern ship's with their complex, highly integrated, software controlled systems still assume the presence of a crew on board capable of assuming control in the event of the unexpected and perhaps surprisingly much of the expected. While autonomy represents a solution to a number of major challenges the industry is facing, unsurprisingly it also brings several challenges of its own.

By the end of this lecture members would have gained an insight into:

  • Understanding what autonomy means for ships and shipping
  • Understanding what new risks autonomy will introduce
  • Appreciating potential benefits that autonomy may provide

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Duration: 47 minutes

 

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