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The UCL Autonomous Shipping blog brings together legal academics, lawyers and policy groups to share their views on this emerging maritime technology

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Autonomous ships and their legal implications

The shipping industry is preparing for a revolution from labour-intensive to autonomous shipping. The world has already witnessed a number of prototypes undergoing trials so that the commercial operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) can one day become a reality. The progress reached so far suggests that we are no longer looking at the distant future. The International … Continue reading Autonomous ships and their legal implications

Second Autonomous Shipping Conference – Public International Law Aspects

The UCL Autonomous Shipping Project is pleased to announce that it will be hosting, in collaboration with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law of Swansea University), a Conference exploring the ‘Public International Law Aspects’ of the autonomous shipping revolution. It will take place on 6 April 2022. This Conference follows from the success … Continue reading Second Autonomous Shipping Conference – Public International Law Aspects

‘Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old? Or, how to ask the wrong question to get to an irrelevant answer.’ by Dr Frank Stevens

In The Economist of 4 September 2021, an article was published under the title ‘ Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old?’.  If you guessed, from the way the question is phrased, that the answer was ‘no’, you would have been entirely correct. Ultimately, the article (intentionally or not) puts out an implicit message … Continue reading ‘Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old? Or, how to ask the wrong question to get to an irrelevant answer.’ by Dr Frank Stevens

‘On the Regulatory Challenges Linked to MASS’ by Professor Henrik Ringbom

The regulatory challenges relating to Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (“MASS”) involve two main areas of interest. First, there are the public law rules, covering safety, manning, technical and operational standards etc. for ships. These are the rules that determine whether it is lawful to operate MASS in the first place. Second, there are the liability … Continue reading ‘On the Regulatory Challenges Linked to MASS’ by Professor Henrik Ringbom

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