MASRWG Conference Nov 2017

UK International Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2017

16 - 17 November 2017

National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH


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 took place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on the 16th and 17th November.

The programme includeed key note speakers on both days. Speakers and panels addressed issues relating to Regulation, the Human Element and Cyber Security on the first day. On the second day, there were 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 including presentations is highlighted below. Simply click on the links to access the presentations which will open in a new window.



DAY 1 - Thursday 16th November

0830 - 0900

Coffee & Registration

0900 - 0910


Professor Ed Hill

Director, NOC

0910 - 0930

Opening Keynote

Sir Alan Massey

Chief Executive, MCA



0930 -1000

MASS - The Reality Today

Dan Hook

Chair, MAS Council

1000 – 1030

UK Code of Practice

Andy Higgins

Stream Leader,


1030 – 1100

IMO Scoping Exercise

Ringo Lakeman


1100 - 1130




1130 - 1215

Multi-modal autonomy infrastructure

Paul Campion

CEO Transport Systems Catapult

1215 -1300

Insurance considerations

Simon Macleod

North P&I

1300 - 1430

Networking lunch



1430 - 1440


George Reilly

Chairman of the IACS

Cyber Systems Panel and

Chairman of the Industry

Joint Working Group on

Cyber Systems

1440 - 1600

Panel discussion

Moderator – Dan Hook,

Chair MAS Council

Panel members: George

Reilly, Tom White (Lloyds),

Peter Broadhurst


1600 - 1630


1630 – 1700


James Fanshawe


1800 - 2000

Drinks Reception

Sea City, Southampton


DAY 2 - Friday 17th November

0830 - 0900

Coffee & Registration

0900 - 0930

Keynote Speaker               Sarah Kenny      CEO, BMT Group


0930 -1000

Norwegian perspective

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth

Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships

1000 - 1030

MAERSK update

Simon Bergulf

Innovation Strategy Manager, Maersk

1030 – 1100


1100 - 1130

The DARPA and Leidos ACTUV Sea Hunter and Maritime Autonomy

Dr Tim Barton

Maritime Chief

Engineer, Leidos USA

1130 - 1200

Rolls Royce Maritime Autonomy Framework and Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance

Anita Teo and Bernard Twomey

Anita Teo - Systems Design

Marine Autonomous

Systems Lead and

Bernard Twomey - Regulatory Development,

Rolls Royce

1200 - 1230

Australian Perspective

Grant Judson

Principal Advisor

Navigation, Australian

Maritime Safety

Authority (AMSA)

1230 - 1315

Networking lunch


1315 - 1415

Panel discussion

Moderator – John Haynes,

MD Shock


Panel members:

Captain Bob Hone

(Plymouth University),

Stuart Carruthers (RYA),

Branko Berlan (ITF)

1415 - 1500

Closing summary to include key points and recommendations from both days of the conference

James Fanshawe

Results to be available to all participants and on MIA website by 22 November.


Conference closes