UK International Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2017

  • Published:20 Sep 2017
  • Last updated:20 Aug 2020
  • Address
    National Oceanography Centre
    European Way
    SO14 3ZH

  • Start Date
    16 Nov 2017

    End date
    17 Nov 2017

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

16th November

0830      Registration

0910      Keynote speech – Speaker tbc

 0930     IMO Scoping Exercise

1000      UK Code of Practice

1030      MASS – The reality today

1130      Multi-modal autonomy infrastructure

1215      Insurance considerations

1300      Networking Lunch

1430      Cyber security panel discussion

1800      Reception at Sea City (

17th November

0900      Keynote speech – Sir Alan Massey

0930      Norwegian perspective

1000      MAERSK perspective

1045      Leidos update

1115      Australian perspective

1145      The Human Element panel discussion

1245      Lunch

1330      Closing summary

1430      Conference closes