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Autonomous Ships

Postponed, new dates to be announced


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RINA is taking the required measures to maintain the events as scheduled. Our facilities and staff will continue to take the precautions to keep everyone safe.

Remote and autonomous ships have the potential to redefine the maritime industry and the roles of the players in it with implications for shipping companies, shipbuilders and maritime systems providers, as well as technology companies from other (especially the automotive) sectors.

Modern ships already include complex automated systems. This technological development has allowed for a gradual reduction in onboard manning.  Increased data collection, processing and interconnectivity capabilities, enabling the automated systems to be controlled remotely or through artificial intelligence, may gradually further reduce manning and ultimately result in unmanned ships. This has the potential to increase safety, improve the environmental performance of, and enable more cost-effective shipping. The technologies for this are maturing rapidly, but it is still questionable whether their implementation would ensure the safe operation of ships.

The operation of remote and autonomous ships will need to be at least as safe as existing vessels if they are to secure regulatory approval, the support of ship owners, operators, seafarers and wider public acceptance.

For remote controlled and autonomous shipping to become a reality, efforts are needed at all regulatory levels. Whilst some projects are already underway the legal challenges of constructing and operating vessels need to be explored and more fully understood, while simultaneously considering appropriate rule changes at the IMO.


RINA invites papers from ship designers, builders, operators, classification societies, legislative government bodies and organisations/companies with experience in other related autonomous domains, on topics including:

  • Maritime remote-control technology
  • Automated onboard systems
  • Autonomous technology
  • E-navigation
  • Impact on maritime workforce and human factors
  • Environmental impact
  • Legal implications and maritime regulations
  • Case studies and research projects


Submit  Abstract or Register Interest

Click here to register your interest in the International Conference on Autonomous Ship Technology and receive updates as they become available.

Click here to download the Call for Papers


Before 01/03/20

Member                             £690.00+VAT= £828

Non-Member                    £790.00+VAT= £948

After 01/03/20

Member                            £790.00+VAT= £948

Non-Member                    £890.00+VAT= £1068

Concession                      £345.00+VAT= £414

Additional Author            £690.00+VAT= £828

Authors                            £150.00+VAT= £180

Click here to register for payment by invoice via bank transfer or cheque

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If you wish to submit an abstract, please send a paper title, brief summary (no more than 250 words) of what the proposed paper would be about and your contact details via the link above, by email directly to  or fax to +44(0) 20 7259 5912. The deadline fo submission for abstracts is 17th  December 2019.

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Autonomous Ships conference will be held at the Institution's Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK

Delegates may take advantage of the Institution's membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute's walk from Headquarters 

Click for details of Headquarters and Club Quarters .

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RINA events provide the perfect opportunity for effective and highly targeted marketing. 

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities exist for all of our conferences. For more information please follow the link or contact JP Media Services Tel: +44(0)1737 852 135 or e-mail:  to discuss tailored options or availability.

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Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate


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