1st International High-level Forum on Smart and Autonomous Navigation Technology of Ships

On November 16-17, 2021 the 1st International High-level Forum on Smart and Autonomous Navigation Technology of Ships was organized by Russian Transport University, Harbin Engineering University, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Wuhan University of Technology, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences with support of International Maritime Organization (IMO), Industry Association MARINET, Innovation & Cooperation in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (ICNAME) Alliance, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry.

The aim of the Forum is to present current achievements in the implementation of autonomous navigation in different countries and to establish regular cooperation between universities of major maritime countries, which play significant role in coordination and development of such projects and researches in every country.

During the conference universities of China, Japan, Finland, Korea, Norway and Russia participating in the maritime autonomous ships developments and trials presented developments and achievements in these countries and shared their practical experience for further international cooperation. One of the key decisions by the Forum is the intention to establish International Joint Lab on Autonomous and Smart Ships.

The recording is available on Youtube here.

The speakers presentations are available here.

The conference program and participants are below:


5th International Conference of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (ICNAME 2021).
Opening Ceremony

Topic Speaker Organization
November 16 
6:00-6:05 Opening Speech Yan GAO Chair of the University Council, Harbin Engineering University, China
6:05-6:10 Opening Speech Alexander Pinskiy Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Marinet Industry Association, Russia
6:10-6:15 Opening Speech Miao XU General Manager Assistant, China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited, China
6:15-6:20 Opening Speech Dacheng GUO Chairman, China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry, China
6:20-6:50 Keynote Speech: Safety Technology and Solutions to Application of Cell Power on Ships in China Xiaofeng LUO Director of Wuhan Rules & Research Institute, China Classification Society, China
7:00-8:50 Meeting for the Establishment of the International Smart and Autonomous Navigation Ships Joint Lab Alexander Klimov Rector, Russian University of Transport
Guihua XIA Vice President, Harbin Engineering University
TBD Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Zuyuan LIU Vice President, Wuhan University of Technology


1st International High-level Forum on Smart and Autonomous Navigation Technology of Ships

Topic Speaker Organization
November 16 
9:00-9:20 Welcome Speeches Alexander Klimov

Guihua XIA

Heike Deggim

Rector of Russian University of Transport

Chairman of ICNAME

Director of the Maritime Safety Division of the International Maritime Organization

9:20-9:50 Development of Research on Smart and Autonomous Ship Technology in China Xinping YAN Academician, the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Professor, Wuhan University of Technology
9:50-10:20 Digitalizing Maritime Operations Janne
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
10:20-10:50 Recent Development on MASS in Japan Etsuro
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
10:50-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 KASS Project and Validation Plan for an Autonomous Ship Jin Kim Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO)
11:30-12:00 Smart and Autonomous Vessel Development in Norway Nesvåg, Odd Magne Head of Section for Control Systems in Classification, DNV GL, Norway
12:00-12:30 a-Navigation Development in Russia Alexander Pinskiy Russian University of Transport, Chairman of Marinet Industry Association
12:30-12:40 Closing Remarks
November 17 
6:00-6:30 Virtual-real Interaction Testing of Intelligent Ships Jialun LIU Associate Professor, Wuhan University of Technology, China
6:30-7:00 The Research Work on the Intelligent Ship Qidan ZHU Professor, Harbin Engineering University, China
7:00-7:30 BV Rules Development for Smart Ship Laurent
Bureau Veritas, France
7:30-8:00 Remote Support, Distributed Maritime Capabilities Hans Petter Hildre Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
8:00-8:10 Coffe Break
8:10-8:40 Introduction of Research on Autonomous Ships in NMRI Ryohei Sawada National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Japan
8:40-9:10 Autonomous Navigation in Marine Port Waters Dmitry
Vice-Rector, Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University, Russia
9:10-9:40 Towards the safe autonomous navigation Bolbot Victor Aalto University, Finland
9:40-9:50 Closing Remarks