MASRWG Conference Nov 2017

UK International Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2017

16 - 17 November 2017

National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH


2017 has seen significant developments in the regulatory backdrop for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) as the Maritime Safety Committee at IMO have now accepted a scoping exercise into their work programme. Meanwhile the UK MAS Regulatory Working Group have been preparing a voluntary Code of Practice which is expected to be launched at the 3rd Annual Conference. This will take place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on the 16th and 17th November.

The programme includes key note speakers on both days. Speakers and panels will address issues relating to Regulation, the Human Element and Cyber Security on the first day. On the second day, there will be perspectives from several international speakers and a final session highlighting some of the challenges that lie ahead, notably with Multi-modal autonomy infrastructure and insurance.

The full programme is below and tickets are available from . Tickets cost £50 per head and will include all refreshments and lunch on both days. There will also be a reception at the Sea City Museum ( on the evening of the 16th November within the ticket price for those attending the conference.

These are exciting times for autonomy at sea and this conference will address some of the key issues.

Space will be limited so early booking is strongly recommended. 

Outline Programme

Complete Programme can be downloaded here

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) Regulation - The Next Phase
3rd UK MASRWG Conference - 16th and 17th November 2017
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Conference output - To gain feedback on the significant points of interest for the future IMO MSC Scoping Exercise
Day 1 - Thursday 16th November
0830 - 0900 Coffee & Registration    
0900 - 0910 Welcome Professor Ed Hill Director, NOC
0910 - 0930 Opening Keynote Sir Alan Massey Chief Executive, MCA
0930 -1000 MASS - The Reality Today Dan Hook Chair, MAS Council
1000 – 1030 UK Code of Practice Andy Higgins Stream Leader, MASRWG
1030 – 1100 IMO Scoping Exercise Ringo Lakeman Chair, IMO NCSR
1100 – 1130 Coffee    
1130 - 1215 Multi-modal autonomy infrastructure Paul Campion CEO Transport Systems Catapult
1215 -1300 Insurance considerations Simon Macleod North P&I
1300 - 1430 Networking lunch    
1430 - 1600 Panel discussion Moderator – Dan Hook                Chair MAS Council Panel members: Tom White (Lloyds), Peter Broadhurst (Inmarsat)
1600 - 1630 Coffee    
1630 – 1700 Summary  James Fanshawe Chair, MASRWG
1800 - 2000 Drinks Reception Sea City, Southampton  
DAY 2 - Friday 17th November
0830 - 0900 Coffee & Registration    
0900 - 0930 Keynote Speaker Sarah Kenny CEO, BMT Group
0930 - 1000 Norwegian perspective Ørnulf Jan Rødseth Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships
1000 - 1030 MAERSK update Simon Bergulf Innovation Strategy Manager, Maersk
1030 – 1100 Coffee    
1100 - 1130 The DARPA and Leidos ACTUV Sea Hunter and Maritime Autonomy Dr Tim Barton Maritime Chief Engineer, Leidos USA
1130 - 1200 Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Bernard Twomey Regulatory Development, Rolls Royce
1200 - 1230 Australian Perspective Grant Judson Principal Advisor Navigation, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
1230 - 1315 Networking Lunch    
1315 - 1415 Panel discussion Moderator – John Haynes. MD Shock Mitigation Panel members: Captain Bob Hone, Stuart Carruthers,Branko Berlan (ITF)
1415 - 1500 Closing summary to include key points and recommendations from both days of the conference James Fanshawe Results to be available to all participants and on MIA website by 22 November.
1500 Conference closes