Paving the way toward autonomous shipping development for European Waters – The AUTOSHIP project

Bolbot, V and Theotokatos, G and Boulougouris, E and Wennersberg, L A L and Nordahl, H and Rødseth, Ø J and Faivre, J and Colella, M Molica; (2020) Paving the way toward autonomous shipping development for European Waters – The AUTOSHIP project. In: Autonomous Ships. Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London. ISBN 9781911649069

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New developments in maritime industry include the design and operation of autonomous ships. The AUTOSHIP project is one initiative promoting the use of autonomous ships in European waters focusing on two specific use cases, a Short Sea Shipping (SSS) cargo vessel and an Inland Waterways (IWW) barge. The AUTOSHIP objectives include thorough regulatory, societal, financial, safety and security analyses for the two investigated use cases as well as the development of a novel framework and methods for the design of autonomous vessels. This objective is achieved with the support of a number of activities, including supply chain, regulatory, risk and gaps analyses. Some results and findings from these activities are presented in this paper. The results demonstrate that the supply chain analysis is important to understand the complex relationships between different partners and phases for the effective design of maritime autonomous systems. Furthermore, a number of regulatory gaps needs to be addressed for the wider adoption of the AUTOSHIP use cases. There is a number of essential hazards associated with each of the two use cases; measures to mitigate these hazards are presented.