SARUMS - Safety and Regulations for European Unmanned Maritime

Predicting future needs and the technology needed to achieve those needs




The European Defence Agency in cooperation with the working group on Safety and Regulations for European Unmanned Maritime Systems (SARUMS) calls for papers to be presented at the second workshop “Exploring Safe design and operations for the European Unmanned Maritime Systems”. The workshop will take place on 23-24 October 2013 in Brussels.

The workshop addresses three main topics applicable to both military and civilian unmanned maritime systems (UMS):

> UMS legislation, assurance, liability - Applicable rules, regulations (COLREG), experience and best practice 

> UMS safety related to operation - Systems, procedures, experience to achieve safe operations

> UMS safety related to design - Systems, products, technology, research needed to accomplish safe unmanned systems


Exploring Safe design and operations for the European Unmanned Maritime Systems

Date: October 23-24 2013

Venue: European Defence Agency (EDA), Brussels

1st Announcement 

The Workshop supported by European Defence Agency and SARUMS Working Group is open to Industry, Research Institutes and Government Organisations.

The workshop aims to cover three main topics that could be applied to military as well as civilian unmanned maritime vehicles:

Maritime System safety related to operations and design as well as their rules and regulations, highlighting Possibilities and Risks as well as Technologies and Solutions offered to meet challenges and requirements for a foreseen future increased use of Unmanned Maritime Systems for Naval and Civilian applications.


The Workshop is free of charge but attendees are to arrange their own travel and hotel accommodations. Registration for attendance will be issued in August.



Formal paper is not required but presentation should be supplied digitally in advance for distribution to attendees.

An offer of a presentation should contain the following information:

1] Title of presentation
2] A synopsis of approximately 150 words to explain the contents of the presentation.
3] Contact details:


Abstracts of around 150 words should be submitted by email to:  by 15 September 2013. Your offer will be evaluated and you will be notified if your presentation is accepted as soon as possible but no later than end of September 2013.



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