Automation in shipping: have your say at the UK branch conference

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Nautilus UK branch members are invited to sign up for this year’s conference in October — which will feature a special industry seminar discussing the impact of ‘drone ships’ on seafarers.

Nautilus is staging the special ‘Automation in Shipping’ symposium on 3 October in Hull following this year’s conference — an important opportunity for members to participate in the democracy of the Union and to help set its priorities.

Members are being given the opportunity to discuss the many important issues surrounding autonomous shipping with some leading experts — against a background where the drive towards autonomous shipping is speeding up. Rolls-Royce and Svitzer recently staged what is claimed to be the first successful demonstration of a remotely operated commercial vessel operation, and the International Maritime Organisation is now embarking on a major project to assess the legal and regulatory aspects of ‘smart’ ships, so the prospect of robo-vessels is certainly more real than it has ever been.

The formal part of the UK branch conference for full members will begin at 1000hrs and includes discussions on the UK branch activities report and any motions submitted by members. The symposium — which will be open to invitees from across the maritime sector — begins at 1400hrs at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, five miles from Hull.

Those wishing to register for the symposium and conference events should do so before 1 September at RegOnline, the Union’s digital software tool which is on trial for the event.

Members are also reminded they can submit motions for the branch conference, by logging on to the Members area and downloading the motion form. The deadline for submissions is 1 September.


Thursday, August 03, 2017