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.
Under the project, a regional overview of the progress in the introduction of autonomous shipping technologies and practical solutions, as well as national-level study reports for each of the five target countries, have been prepared in 2023.
This thematic international conference is being organized to review the findings of these studies and discuss the directions of further promotion of autonomous shipping technologies in the context of the Asia-Pacific region. The Conference will also facilitate the exchange of good practices and relevant global and regional initiatives.
The Conference will be held in a hybrid mode in Bangkok on 28 and 29 February 2024 and is targeted to attract the relevant stakeholders, including decision makers, private sector, international and regional organizations and financial institutions, as well as academia.