Autonomous ships and the human element

As vessels become more and more autonomous consideration has to be given to the human element of future vessel operations, according to David Patraiko (illustrated), Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute.

Speaking on 11 September at the Autonomous, robotics and loT – exploring the potential and human impact conference organised by WISTA-UK (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) as part of London International Shipping Week, he said the human element in developments could not be ignored.

Pointing out that the existence of autonomous vessels is a reality with hundreds working today, Patraiko said they will be increasingly interacting with manned vessels. The NI’s work was of importance in ensuring relationships between the autonomous vessels and humans.