Vessel train operations needed to be embedded in the rules and regulations in force for existing waterborne transport systems. This required an effort of a variety of regulatory bodies and other organisations responsible for safe vessel train operations. NOVIMAR made an attempt to bring this under their attention in order to make market uptake of the vessel train concept possible.
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 introduced a remote controlled formation of ships, the concept would have to be embedded in these rules and regulations, thus providing a legal base.