Vessel train operations need to be embedded in the rules and regulations in force for existing waterborne transport systems. This will require an effort of a variety of regulatory bodies and other organisations responsible for safe vessel train operations. NOVIMAR will make an attempt to bring this under their attention in order to make future market uptake of the vessel train concept possible. It must be noted that similar action is needed to support the development of other innovative waterborne concepts.
Operating vessel train on waterways and in coastal areas
Vessel train operations will be carried out in crowded areas in which various types and sizes of ships operate. These operations are to be carried out by day and night, but also in adverse weather conditions.
At present rules and regulations are in force to ensure maximum safety for the ships making use of the waterways and coastal areas. These rules and regulations define e.g. mutual responsibilities for evasive manoeuvres, use of day – and night marks, and sound signals. They further define responsibilies for sailing a ship by use of radar and the identification of ships by Automatic Identification System (AIS). As the vessel train introduces a remote controlled formation of ships, the concept must be embedded in these rules and regulations, thus providing a legal base.