The Warsash Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) Research Centre (WMRC) is pioneering research into maritime autonomy, from Smart Ships and Smart Ports, to the human elements of working in tandem with smart systems, and maritime teaching and consultancy.
Maritime autonomy is a key part of the future of shipping and includes both remotely operated and fully autonomous shipping. The last decade has seen rapid technological development across the globe towards making MASS a reality through the development of Smart Ships and MASS (with a small crew or un-crewed), often in combination with zero-emission propulsion systems.
Advancements in technology will make the human-machine interface even more critical for the safe and efficient operation of MASS. Although significant advances have taken place to develop MASS technologies, very little research has been carried out towards analysing the human element, the human-machine interface and seafarer training needs for working with Smart Ships, Smart Ports and MASS.
The UK Maritime 2050 Technology and Innovation Route Map identifies the role of people in the future of maritime and articulates the UK Government’s wish to retain the valuable experience of existing seafarers. It also seeks to develop and adopt continuous education models to provide the skills required in the face of advancing technologies.
In support of this aspiration, the WMRC is exploring the pedagogical, professional education, and training needs to make the workforce future-ready to operate with these technologies, either on-board MASS, or remotely from shore stations.
Read more about the Centre's aim and goals