IMO regulatory scoping exercise on autonomous ships

Jul. 11 2019

As the marine industry develops more sophisticated vessels with smart capabilities, IMO is reviewing regulations for autonomous ships.

In December 2018, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) assessed several IMO instruments (e.g., SOLAS, collision regulations, ship loading and stability) for applicability to autonomous shipping. Bureau Veritas is actively supporting the French IMO delegation in this exercise, for which the framework was approved in June. Throughout 2019, IMO will continue analyzing how regulations can address developments in autonomous operations, taking into account technology, operations and people.