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Maritime law issues related to the operation of unmanned autonomous cargo ships

Karlis, T 2018 , 'Maritime law issues related to the operation of unmanned autonomous cargo ships' , WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, vol. 17, no. 1 , pp. 119-128 , doi: 10.1007/s13437-018-0135-6.

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Abstract

The paper analyses the issue of unmanned autonomous ships from the perspective of international maritime law with a particular focus on crew related conventions and specifically SOLAS, STCW, and MLC. Our primary aim is to identify potential operational difficulties that could deter shipowners from investing or adopting the new technology. Our analysis indicates that there are several areas of ambiguity that would create impediments to a positive investment decision and deter shipowners from adopting the autonomous ship design. With these findings in mind, suggestions are put forward that could alleviate the problems identified.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Karlis, T
Keywords: unmanned ship, autonomous ship, UNCLOS, STCW, MLC, SOLAS
Journal or Publication Title: WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1651-436X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s13437-018-0135-6
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Copyright World Maritime University 2018

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