Remote Piloting in an Intelligent Fairway: A Paradigm for Future Pilotage

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Maritime piloting, the process of navigating ships safely in congested waters, is an area where emerging technologies may be used to develop and implement more robust navigation safety systems. This is supported by the commercial potential of remote piloting as a substitute for pilotage exemptions today granted to experienced captains. This paper introduces a novel configuration of remote piloting operations in intelligent fairways. Results are supported by methodological and empirical research with the aim of enhancing our understanding of merging the role of a pilot in autonomous fairway infrastructures. It is demonstrated that under controlled conditions, remote piloting may be a safe option in fairways. However, upscaling remote piloting requires a greater understanding of the risks associated with the implementation of emerging technologies as well as a better understanding of fairway features and environmental phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104889
Number of pages14
JournalSafety Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Ship safety
  • Maritime operations
  • Remote pilotage
  • Situation awareness
  • Intelligent fairways
  • Maritime simulation

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