Commercial Vessel Compliance

Policy Letter: Guidelines for human-supervised testing of remote controlled and autonomous systems on vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has issued Policy Letter 22-01 “Guidelines for Human-Supervised Testing of Remote Controlled and Autonomous Systems on Vessels” to provide direction and guidance to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) and Captains of the Port (COTP) in response to industry requests seeking to implement remote control and autonomous systems on vessels.

The implementation of new technology on vessels has the potential to increase efficiencies and reduce accidents on vessels and the greater Marine Transportation System (MTS), but also introduces new safety risks and security challenges in the MTS. 

This Policy Letter is intended to reduce confusion on how OCMIs/COTPs should respond to requests and increase consistency across the Coast Guard.  This Policy Letter may be viewed with other CG-CVC policy on the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance website.

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