The Effect of Unmanned Vessels on Canadian Law: Some Basic Legal Concepts

17 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2018

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Marel Katsivela

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 12, 2018

Abstract

For the first time in history the possibility exists for ships to navigate the world with no person on board. Unmanned vessels promise safer and less costly navigation at sea. This will inevitably bring change in the rules governing shipping. The present study examines key Canadian legal concepts and provisions - likely to be present in the laws of other maritime nations - that will be affected by the presence of unmanned vessels. Domestic regulatory definitions of the terms ‘master’, ‘crew’, ‘seafarer’, ‘seaworthiness’, ‘manning’, ‘pilot’ are examined in an effort to explore whether or not or to what extent applicable domestic rules need to be revisited.

Keywords: Unmanned, Vessels, Autonomous, Ships, Canada, Robotics

Suggested Citation

Katsivela, Marel, The Effect of Unmanned Vessels on Canadian Law: Some Basic Legal Concepts (October 12, 2018). MarSafeLaw Journal 4/2018; Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2018-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3267996

Marel Katsivela (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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