Version two of UK MASS Code of Practice published

The UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) has issued version 2 of the Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) UK Code of Practice

The first version of the code of practice was published in November 2017.

The first version was majorly focused on the design and manufacture of vessels. The updated version adds new guidance on the operation of autonomous vessels, with a particular focus on skills, training and vessel registration.

James Fanshawe, MASRWG chairman, said that “the whole industry is moving at a very fast speed and it’s really important that there are guidelines available to underpin that development in a safe, efficient and sustainable way. I thank the working group for its tremendous efforts in delivering critical updated guidance so soon after the first version, ensuring we’re keeping pace with global developments.”