UK International Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Conference 2017

(MASRWG 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 will take place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on the 16th and 17th November.

The programme will include 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 will be published by the end of August and tickets will be on sale from the 14th August through this site. Tickets will 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


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