- Rules governing workboats, pilot boats, and remotely operated vessels have been revised.
- The new version of the Code will help clarify the survey and inspection requirements and also addresses the growing autonomous vessel industry.
Revised regulations will provide a clear framework for innovation in maritime, reports UK Ship Register.
The rules regulating workboats, pilot boats, and remotely operated vessels have been modified to promote innovation within the industry.
The improved Merchant Shipping Regulations 2022 and accompanying Code will go out for conferences across the industry.
It is anticipated that the new edition of the Code will help elucidate the survey and inspection provisions and also addresses the rising autonomous vessel industry.
Rob Taylor, Code Vessel Lead for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said, “We don’t compromise on safety. It’s as simple as that, so the safety underpinning these regulations will not change.
However, we needed to reflect on the fact that there is innovation happening right across the industry and we want to support that with appropriate regulations and guidelines. That led to this work to provide a clear framework so that vessel owners and operators can continue to operate in confidence that they are fulfilling their legal obligations.”
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Source: UK Ship Register