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10 January 2019

SMI Publishes 2018 Maritime Autonomous Systems Survey!

This report provides an insight into current business activity in Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) in the UK.  It has been compiled by the Society of Maritime Industries’ MASG Council.

The data for this report was collected in the form of an on-line questionnaire sent to senior managers of UK businesses in the maritime engineering sector.

Summary of Findings:

  • 60 organisations responded to this survey, 18% of which reported MAS as responsible for more than 50% of their turnover.
  • 36% of the organisations were manufacturers, 20% service providers and 15% integrators.
  • Although a relatively new sector 71% of companies had been working in this field for more than 4 years.
  • MAS companies were working in a wide range of applications with defence, oil & gas and marine science research being the top three.
  • More than 53% of respondents cited Europe as their main market. BREXIT trade negotiations are still ongoing, so there is still uncertainty over implications for future growth.
  • Lack of people with the appropriate skills, finance and the low oil price is impacting on the sector and holding back growth.10% of respondents cited export controls were having a negative effect
  • Looking ahead to 2025, respondents predict substantial growth in the number of people employed on MAS as well as in exporting and turnover.

MAS Survey 2018



View the 2018 Maritime Autonomous Systems Survey

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