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UK invests £1 million in autonomous shipping

An example of an unmanned vessel, UK-based SEA-KIT’s USV Maxlimer Maldon An example of an unmanned vessel, UK-based SEA-KIT’s USV Maxlimer Maldon

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, have successfully secured £1 million to fund research and development into autonomous and ‘smart’ shipping.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The funding, awarded by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Regulators’ Pioneer Fund, will be used to create a Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab, where regulators from the MCA and DfT can work with academia and support industries to promote on-water testing and flagship projects, with the aim of helping the UK to grow its presence in the sector.

“Emerging technology will help the UK’s maritime sector evolve to be more efficient, safer and greener,” said UK Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani.

“Technology and innovation is a key part of Maritime 2050, which will set a vision for how our maritime sector will grow and ensure we are ready to maximise its potential. This £1 million funding will support us to work alongside industry and researchers to ensure our approach to the regulation of autonomous shipping is informed and aligned with developments in technology.”{/mprestriction}

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