Autonomous Ships From a Seafarer's Perspective
Rob began his seagoing career in the UK merchant fleet in 1971, and sailed on many different vessels both large and small until early 1994.
In mid 1994 he commenced his career as a harbour pilot in Darwin. He was then recruited to Port Kembla in 1996, where he is currently a Check pilot.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and currently sits on the board of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute.
In June Rob attended the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium in Amsterdam, which was held over 3 days.
Rob has a strong belief that Australia should have its own fleet of such vessels, and that these autonomous ships must have humans aboard.
Early next year Rob is hoping to be successful in applying for a Churchill Fellowship to further explore how we can again have Australian ships with Australian seafarers in this new autonomous paradigm.