The Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University will train a-Navigation specialists from 2021

On December 18, in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (the administrative center of Sakhalin, Russia) under the patronage of Governor Valery Limarenko, two leading universities of the Far East in marine technologies – the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime University (ANMSU) and Sakhalin State University – and the shipping company Morspetsservice have signed the agreement on training autonomous navigation (a-Navigation) specialists.

The agreement provides for the development of training programs for a-Navigation, training of specialists, starting from 2021, including practical training on autonomous ships of Morspetsservice. Earlier, on December 7, Morspetsservice signed an agreement on equipping 10 cargo-passenger ships with autonomous navigation systems in 2021-2025.

The Morspetsservice company plans to equip a series of 10 vessels of the JM-410-Sakhalin and JM-408-Sakhalinets to provide sea freight and passenger traffic in the Far East, including the Sakhalin region. In accordance with the signed agreement, the lead ships of the series, MSS Pioneer and MSS Avangard, must be equipped by August 30, 2021.

Such opportunity became possible due to the implementation in Russia of ambitious a-Navigation project. Under this project a number of companies develops full range of technical solutions for autonomous navigation as well as regulatory framework for maritime autonomous ships (MASS) operation. On December 5, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin had approved the Decree on introductions of national wide experiment in MASS operation. It allows every shipping company to carry out MASS operation as a trial in accordance with the draft requirements of the Decree. The document is based on the IMO Interim Guidelines for MASS trials and prescribes full compliance with COLREGs-72. The detailed information about these changes was submitted by Russia to IMO MSC on 11 February 2020.