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Sailing into the future of autonomous ships

Sailing into the future of autonomous ships

IALA has proactively sought to establish the short to medium term outlook for MASS. This will benefit our members and better equip them to prepare for a future that involves an increasing number of autonomous ships. In order to ascertain the probable future of MASS, IALA has gathered information from our members and stakeholders including a workshop on MASS held in October 2023.

As a result of this consultation and research The Future of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has been produced to shed light on the drivers compelling shipowners and other stakeholders to invest in MASS and identify key future scenarios of MASS.

The Future of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) considers the outlook for the gradual adoption of MASS over the next twenty years and potential drivers and challenges for the technology. It will assist members as a key planning tool, guiding IALA in crucial considerations, specifically aimed at:

  • Analysing the potential impact of MASS on Marine Aids to Navigation.
  • Identifying future requirements for Marine Aids to Navigation services.
  • Pinpointing potential work items related to MASS for the IALA committees.

The Future of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) aims not only to enhance the preparedness of our members but also to contribute significantly to the conversation surrounding the integration of automated and autonomous technologies in the maritime domain. More information.