Soon It’s Self-Driving Cargo Ships, And A Big Liability Question

By on December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

This post from a maritime industry magazine deals with liability and insurance issues that will arise after various possible scenarios involving autonomous ships, including cyber attacks and accidents. Currently, international rules don’t allow them, but many industry executives think unmanned ships will be in operation during the next 15 to 20 years. Another post from The Maritime Executive looks at a related issue: whether in the new world of autonomous ships, “access to the navigation software needs to be considered as equivalent to accessing the navigation bridge.” Obviously access to the bridge is big deal, and this post points out that if numerous maritime employees, subcontractors, etc. will have access to the navigation software, and thus “the bridge,” all sorts of questions regarding security and employee clearances will need to be addressed.

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The Maritime Executive

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