By Maaike Vanderkooi and Rachel Horne
As part of Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) project to develop an Australian Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Survey and Operation of Autonomous and Remotely Operated Vessels, TAS held a Webinar on the project on Monday 5 July 2021. 50 stakeholders attended the Webinar, including a mix of small, medium and large industry members, accredited marine surveyors, class societies, and universities.
During the Webinar, we presented the key findings of our review of the currently available codes of practice and standards for autonomous and remotely operated vessels, including our review of the:
- Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship Industry Conduct Principles & Code of Practice Version 4 (Maritime UK);
- Lloyd’s Register Unmanned Marine Systems Code; and
- DNV GL Class Guideline: Autonomous and Remotely Operated Ships.
Informed by these findings, we then outlined proposed principles to underpin the Australian Code of Practice, and provided information on the proposed direction of the Australian Code of Practice in key areas.
The presentation provided at the Webinar, including a summary of our findings, is available here TAS Code of Practice Presentation.
Attendees also had an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. A summary of the questions asked and answers provided is available here TAS Code of Practice Webinar – Q and A.
Upcoming online workshops
Online workshops will be held in late July on draft content for the Australian Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Survey and Operation of Autonomous and Remotely Operated Vessels. These workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the development of the Code by providing feedback on the draft content as well as more general input and ideas. It is essential that the Code is applicable and useful for the Australian maritime autonomous systems industry, and TAS is working closely with stakeholders, including AMSA, to achieve this vision.
Each workshop is directed towards a particular stakeholder group – see the list below – but you may register for any of the workshops.
Please only register for one workshop – they will all cover the same material. We are keeping each workshop to a manageable number of participants to ensure there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to provide their feedback and input.
New Workshops added due to demand (all stakeholders welcome):
Workshop 6: Wednesday 28 July, 10.30pm – 12pm (New)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/162624996743
Workshop 7: Wednesday 28 July, 1pm – 2:30pm (New)
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/162626051899
Workshop 4: Monday 26 July, 10am – 11.30am (Limited positions remaining)
Workshop 4 is primarily aimed at accredited marine surveyors and Class Societies, but is open to all interested stakeholders.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/161043765237
Workshop 5: Monday 26 July, 12.30pm – 2pm (Limited Positions remaining)
Workshop 5 is primarily aimed at creators of autonomous technology, ship and equipment builders, and vessel operators, but open to all interested stakeholders.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/161042022023
Workshop 1: Thursday 22 July, 12.30pm – 2pm
Workshop 1 is primarily aimed at creators of autonomous technology, ship and equipment builders, and vessel operators, but is open to all interested stakeholders. Full
Workshop 2: Friday 23 July, 10am – 11.30pm
Workshop 2 is primarily aimed at Defence, Defence industry and government stakeholders, but is open to all interested stakeholders. Full
Workshop 3: Friday 23 July, 12.30pm – 2pm
Workshop 3 is primarily aimed at accredited marine surveyors and Class Societies, but is open to all interested stakeholders. Full
If you would like to find out more about our work, or provide feedback on where you see the key risks and opportunities for the autonomous systems industry in Australia, please contact us as NASFP@tasdcrc.com.au