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ICS releases new study on seafarers and digitalization

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA), looking at the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry. 

ICS secretary general, Guy Platten commented that the two-year IMO regulatory scoping exercise for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships is now well underway to determine how existing IMO instruments can be leveraged to ensure that autonomous ships are safe, secure, and environmentally sound.

​With over 1.6 million seafarers currently estimated to serve on merchant ships trading internationally, the impact of MASS on seafarers requires thorough consideration going forward. It is expected that there will be no shortage of jobs for seafarers, particularly officers, but the size of crew may change, and there may be many more jobs ashore requiring seafaring experience. 

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