These are no longer distant concerns. They are here, and the time to act is now.
The Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF) has been established to deliver the global leadership and technical expertise the industry needs for a sustainable transformation.
Our aim is to enable change that is transparent, proportional, and cost-effective, with safety at its core.
As a union of flag states and classification societies we offer cutting-edge expertise and a legacy of experience and authority.
We envision the MTF as a globally respected advisor and trusted source of knowledge and insight.
Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF) is a group of Classification Societies and Flag States.
The MTF will focus on essential topics for the future of the maritime industry, including energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and autonomous ships.
MTF members will collaborate on research and draw on their collective expertise to offer unbiased and expert advice to the shipping sector.
The Forum's work will be published, and members will share insights and guidance to support the testing and safe adoption of new technologies, while also helping to shape world-leading regulation.
Question and Answer document: Maritime Technologies Forum
What is the Maritime Technologies Forum?
The Maritime Technologies Forum (MTF) is a forum of Flag States and Classification Societies. It has been established to provide technical and regulatory expertise to benefit the maritime industry. The role of the Forum is to work together on research which it will publish to the maritime industry and draw on regulatory expertise to be able to offer unbiased advice to the shipping sector. It will seek to give guidance on the use of alternative fuels and increased levels of automation in the industry. Furthermore, it will allow for the safe testing and adoption of new technologies and it will help shape world-leading regulation.
What are the MTF's priorities?
The MTF's most pressing challenge is to work with the shipping sector to improve energy efficiency, meeting the demand for use of alternative fuels and prime mover technologies to make it work. It also intends to meet the challenges of dealing with the change in other on-board technologies and supporting infrastructure that the new technologies will require.
Advances in automation technologies to move towards autonomous systems onboard, and eventually towards fully autonomous operations will also be a key focus.
Why has the MTF been launched?
There are many significant questions surrounding the use of innovative technologies and the push for decarbonization in shipping.
The MTF has been set up to bring together a wealth of maritime expertise and direct it towards these challenges.
In particular, there are major technical challenges when it comes to improving energy efficiency, rolling out alternative fuels, and deploying autonomous ships.
The regulatory framework for the development of these technologies must keep pace with their rapid progress, so that the safety of people and shipping is ensured.
Who makes up the MTF?
The founding members of the MTF include Flag State administrations and Classification Societies. The Flag State administrations include Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan; the Norwegian Maritime Authority; and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, United Kingdom. The Classification Society members are American Bureau of Shipping, DNV, Lloyd's Register and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai.