The UK Ship Register has signed up its first-ever unmanned vessel to the Red Ensign.
The C-Worker 7, of ASV Global, of Portchester, will be used for subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring and she can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned.
“By supporting emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, we are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of the global maritime industry,” said Doug Barrow, director UK Ship Register.
Vince Dobbin, sales and marketing director of ASV Global, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the first registration of a semi-autonomous vessel for maritime operations. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has been critical in enabling ASV to reach this pivotal milestone recognising the prominence of unmanned systems in the maritime environment.”
The pressure group Maritime UK has launched a new Industry Code of Practice for the design, construction and operation of autonomous maritime systems.