Several Russian ministries, in particular finance, nature, economic development and transport, together with Rosmorrechflot, agreed on a bill of government resolution on the implementation of an experiment in autonomous navigation.
According to the information provided in a letter from the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Oleg Ryazantsev, these departments supported the experiment, in which, from October 1 this year, ships without pilots will be operated in a number of regions on rivers and seas. It is planned that the experiment will last until the end of 2025.
The authors of the project are confident that the introduction of unmanned navigation will reduce the costs of ship owners associated with the maintenance of the crew and their stay on board, as well as improve working conditions for the seafarers themselves. In addition to financial savings, the use of "drones" will make it possible to save space on board with its equipment and optimize ship movement patterns.
In addition, the ministries also approved a number of amendments to the KTM and legislative projects that will define the concepts and principles for the use of unmanned navigation.
In the coming weeks, the project is planned to be submitted for consideration by the government of the Russian Federation.