Automation

Automation

Context

Following the Mannheim declaration in 2018, the competent ministers of the CCNR Member States called on the CCNR to press ahead with development of digitalisation, automation and other modern technologies, thereby contributing to the competitiveness, safety and sustainability of inland navigation.

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International definition

During its plenary meeting in December 2018, the CCNR adopted the first international definition of levels of automation in inland navigation. This definition allows a clear understanding of all levels of automated navigation, subsequently enabling an assessment of the need to take regulatory measures, based on a common understanding. The experience gained with the various research and development projects should stimulate more in-depth discussions on levels of automation and would enable the definition to be amended by 2020 if so required.

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Inventory of pilot projects

Many national and international research and pilot projects are pursuing innovation by developing higher level automation applications for inland navigation. Gaining experience with such applications is critical for the evaluation of technical solutions and expected advantages.

The CCNR has charged its Police Regulations Committee to monitor the developments in automated navigation (from navigation assistance to fully automated navigation) and to consider the possible need for regulatory measures.

The inventory is available on: automation.ccr-zkr.org.

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Regulatory work within the CCNR

CCNR has begun an analysis of its regulatory framework as well as discussing questions of principles for amendments that are necessary. The objective is to allow a proper implementation of automation in light of safety and sustainability. These questions of principle are not easily answered, but the answers are needed to form the basis for consensus between countries and for writing new or amending existing regulations. This regulatory work mostly concerns the rules for navigation and operation of the vessels.

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