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Robosys Automation joins MCA’s Smart Shipping Project

Robosys Automation, developers of autonomous and unmanned navigation system software is participating in a project driven by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Smart Shipping initiative, entitled ‘Regulating the Operation of Autonomous and Remotely Operated Vessels (also known as MASS) over 24m length’.

Robosys test boat undergoing trials in the Solent

Delivering and leading the project, on behalf of the MCA, is the marine consultancy Houlder Ltd, supported by Robosys and the legal firm Holman Fenwick Willan International LLP. The team’s remit is to identify regulatory gaps, issues and barriers to the development of autonomous and remotely operated vessels over 24m in length. The project team is collaborating closely with the MCA’s UK Maritime Services and Maritime Future Technology Services.

As part of the review of current UK legislation, Robosys is looking specifically at the role of the Master and the Remote Operating Centre and running a workshop on how MASS can render assistance to persons in distress. This will involve key players from the MCA, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, harbour authorities and shipping companies.


Robosys Automation Ltd is a world leader in autonomy software for marine navigational Collision Avoidance and Decision-making for both manned and unmanned vessels, leveraging its Robotics Development Platform and AI and ML algorithms to improve safety, performance and productivity of marine platforms and vessels.

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