As a multi-billion industry controlling 90% of all world trade, the shipping community is continuously striving for improved operational margins while preserving and enhancing human and environmental safety standards. Technology availability implies that autonomy concepts could prove useful in terms of tackling challenges associated with ocean-based transportation by 2030 or earlier.
Autonomous vessels could help us reduce challenges due to human error and help increase profit margins assuming that risks associated with security, operations and the emergence of technologies (e.g. machine learning , artificial intelligence, sensors) are well mitigated by sound performance driven standards.
At the after neath of the 2nd International Seminar of Safety and Security of Autonomous Vessels (ISSAV) 2019 that will take place at Aalto University, Finland, from 17–18 September 2019 (https://www.aalto.fi/events/issaveswc-2019) we carry out the publication of the Virtual Special Issue on ‘Autonomous Vessels Safety comprising of high quality journal articles contributing to topics on:
Autonomous and interconnected shipping operations
Safety and security management of autonomous maritime systems in extreme environments
Digitalization for efficient safety and security assurance
Standardization of safety and security for autonomous vessels
Intelligent security strategies for establishing resilient and robust systems
Autonomy agile risk based methods, tools and applications