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
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.