Innovative autonomous shipping technologies are currently explored by developed countries around the world, including Asia-Pacific, as they enable better control of the ship’s position and speed, efficient communication with external systems, integrated control of on-board navigation systems, ship management through remote support and control and risk management using advanced technologies.
There is also a need to prepare for the implications of this development for Asia and the Pacific which supplies the bulk of labour force to global shipping, as well as to understand the wide economic, social and environmental benefits of innovative autonomous shipping technologies.
In this context, the ESCAP secretariat is implementing a project on “Improving the safety of navigation and the sustainability of shipping through the introduction of innovative autonomous shipping technologies in the Asia-Pacific region” with the involvement of selected target countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam
The Workshop on Autonomous Shipping is being organized by ESCAP’s Transport Division under this project to clarify and discuss the collected information and prepare national plans on advanced solutions, developments and applied approaches in the field of innovative autonomous shipping technologies in the five target countries.
The Workshop will be held in a hybrid mode in Bangkok on 1 and June 2023 and is targeted to attract the relevant stakeholders, representing both government officials and shipping and port industry representatives from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam.