The Society of Maritime Industries

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)  invited all UK companies to participate in the Annual Review of the UK Marine Scientific Industry.

Additionally, the SMI Board agreed to the formation of a MAS Council to provide a focus for members’ interests in the emerging area of maritime autonomous systems. The MAS initiative was launched at OI 2016.

MAS cuts across many of the interests of SMI members such as in the marine scientific and offshore energy market, deep sea mining, delivering a seismic shift in maritime warfare and security operations, and in maritime transport, where autonomy has the potential to improve the integration and effectiveness of both cargo and passenger transport. Across all of these areas, the UK looks to take a leading position, driven by development of the required technology, evolving the regulatory environment and ensuring the UK sustains the cutting-edge skills and knowledge already present in its industrial and academic bases.

UK companies have been developing equipment and capabilities in response to the demands of the marketplace and have reached a level of maturity which has identified the need for a focus on this emerging sector’s business development requirements. Naturally the launch was of interest to members and potential members of SMI with an interest in MAS. These included those who attended the following OI 2016 conference streams: Aquaculture; Handling Big Data; Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics; Marine Renewables; Ocean Observing Systems: Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy; Positioning & Metrology; and Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase. www.maritimeindustries.org

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