Australian autonomous technology developers now have a location to safely test autonomous vessels without needing to apply for a permit, under a recent announcement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has confirmed regulatory sandbox approval for the establishment of an AIMS ReefWorks inshore test range near Townsville in north Queensland.
The site allows permit-free testing of uncrewed vessels and evaluation of vessels up to 12 metres in length, travelling up to 20 knots within the test range under a five-year agreement.
It’s the first approval issued under a proposed Australian Maritime Regulatory Sandbox advocated by Trusted Autonomous Systems, AIMS, and AMC Search.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority oversees the regulation and safety oversight of Australia’s shipping fleet and management of Australia's international maritime obligations as an Australian statutory authority.