Autonomous ship regulation is a bigger challenge than the technology, Splash readers believe.
Our latest topical shipping survey, MarPoll, has just 11 days to run. As it stands 84% of you believe that regulating autonomous vessels is far more tricky than developing and incorporating the necessary technology.
“Its been technically possible for three decades. But it’s just a silly idea. (Er, stowaways, anyone?),” one reader wrote while voting.
A number of tech firms are ploughing ahead with autonomous ship projects at the moment.
The vote is taking place hot on the heels of last week’s Future of Shipping session at the Maritime CEO Forum in Singapore where Frank Coles, the boss of marine IT giant Transas, said: “The way technology is changing now it will be impossible for IMO to catch up and then they are dead and buried.”
Full results of the latest MarPoll will be carried in the next issue of Maritime CEO magazine due out later this month. Other questions posed include a look at newbuild prices, tanker consolidation, making shipping a more attractive career option for today’s youth and bunker fuel levies among other issues. To vote takes just two minutes – although we do appreciate readers leaving comments – and there is no need for any registration. To vote click here.