UK ports create a new 'network' as they eye autonomous shipping

By 24/08/2020

The British Ports Association today launched a new initiative looking at the implications of autonomous shipping for UK ports, including a call for evidence from interested parties. Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) involves the automation of vessel and onboard processes which could alter how ports and ships interface with each other. The BPA which represents the majority of UK port activity, including 85% of the shipping movements in and out of the country, is keen to explore what the future developments of shipping will mean for the sector.

As part of the initiative the BPA is creating a new Autonomous Shipping in Ports Network and today is opening a call for evidence from the wider maritime community on what ports should consider to prepare for receiving autonomous ships in the future.

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