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Maritime nations call for regulation of unmanned ships

Denmark is teaming up with countries including Finland and the UK to put pressure on the IMO to pass regulations concerning unmanned vessels, particularly for sailing in international waters. The countries' proposal will be discussed at a meeting this June.

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The development of autonomous vessels is underway in several countries and they could soon begin sailing, but the matter remains of how to regulate the international sailing of unmanned vessels.

In order to settle certain guidelines, Denmark has teamed up with Estonia, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and the US and submitted a proposal to the IMO for an impending meeting in the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) this June to discuss and settle the matter.

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