One Sea has established working groups in early 2018 to ensure progress in some of the topics from One Sea roadmap. Their purpose is to support fulfilling the 2025 vision of autonomous maritime ecosystem.

Regulations WG – The authorities and industry exchange information in order to understand the current status of MASS and maritime logistics development and in order to harmonize views and communication towards different parties. Regulatory barriers to the development of supply chain digitalization are identified, in order to jointly work to remove them. The approach is on working towards changing the regulations from prescriptive to goal-based. One Sea is especially working with IMO via the flag states. One Sea has worked with the flag states to produce papers to MSC. One Sea has been active within IMO since 2018.


Operational WG – Discussion with customers regarding their needs and issues. Estimations on realistic timetables for tech adoption. Removing of operational obstacles with focus on cost of equipment and OPEX & CAPEX. There is a focus on functionality rather than solutions; benefits of implementing B0, reducing certain accidents, societal/holistic aspects to illustrate benefits for society. Future ships of increased levels of autonomy operate in an ecosystem rather than in isolation. This requires redefining and assessing the roles and duties of the on-board and the crew ashore. The current shipping business is built on the collaboration between a large number of different actors in various roles. Maritime digitalisation and increased levels of autonomy will alter the existing roles and introduce completely new roles. Maritime autonomy will also make shipping a more integrated part of the transport and logistic chains


Definitions and Standards WG – The work includes identifying areas of standardization and contributing to the creation of industrial standards in collaboration with standards organisations as needed. One Sea seeks to create industrial standards to efficiently develop the autonomous maritime transport. The standards may cover areas, such as safety, testing, data transfer, cyber security, data and systems architecture, artificial intelligence, et cetera. The objective is to harmonise the operational models within the industry with industry-specific regulations, where the rules and regulations drafted by the authorities may not correspond to the rapid development that the sector is experiencing.


Ethical WG – Collect information on what is happening in ethics related, public debate about the use of AI. Social acceptance and avoiding the risk situation in advance. How the industry will raise the bar in discussion. Vision of shipping: No losses, no accidents.


Communications WG – Functions as an enabler to spread the One Sea message. Approves One Sea communications plans and coordinates joint communication efforts. One Sea strives to disseminate the message of maritime digitalisation autonomy and dispel concerns related to it. Much of this work is done by participating and speaking in conferences, seminars and discussing in different forums as well as publishing papers regarding maritime autonomy.