Towards the assessment of potential impact of unmanned vessels on maritime transportation safety

Published on Sep 1, 2017in Reliability Engineering & System Safety4.039
· DOI :10.1016/j.ress.2017.03.029
Krzysztof Wróbel4
Estimated H-index: 4
Jakub Montewka21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Aalto University),
Pentti Kujala27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Aalto University)
The prototypes of unmanned merchant vessels are expected to come into service within the coming years. The main line of argument supporting their introduction pertains to the increase in navigational safety, which is expected to be achieved by reducing the frequency of human-related accidents on board ships, by removing the crews. On the other hand, the response of unmanned ship to potential accidents is still uncertain. With enthusiasm on one side and apprehension on the other, the literature lacks an objective study on the effect of unmanned ships on safety of maritime transportation.
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