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MASSPorts initiative launched to develop autonomous shipping

Representatives from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, and Singapore have launched the MASSPorts initiative to collaborate on and develop Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) in ports.

The network aims to develop detailed guidelines and conditions for MASS trials in port, establish common terminology, form and standards of communication, ship reporting and data exchange to enhance inter-operability of systems across different ports.

“Autonomous navigation is an important part of our plans to be a future-ready port. We see MASS having the potential to enhance navigational safety and increase productivity,” said Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

“We are glad to work with like-minded international partners who are aligned in shaping the future of the international shipping.”

Members of MASSPorts include:

  • China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA)
  • Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)
  • IMO High-Level Representative of Ministry of Transport and Communications, Finland
  • Maritime Bureau, Ports and Harbours Bureau, Japan Coast Guard, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)
  • Port of Rotterdam Authority (POR)
  • Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA)
  • Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA)
  • Smart Shipping & Logistics Division of the Minister of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea
  • Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

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