Oh Captain, My Captain . . . No Captain? Emerging Risks from Advanced Automation in the Maritime Sector
Maritime attorney Sean Pribyl authored an American Bar Association article analyzing some of the risks related to the increased use of autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) in the maritime sector. The factors driving marine autonomy are essentially the same as those in other transportation modes: increased safety and reduced costs. Autonomy is also touted as a means to monitor engine performance with fossil and alternative fuels (support decarbonization efforts), improve route optimization (lower fuel consumption) and aid in collision avoidance (prevent catastrophic losses). He points out that the shipping industry is not poised to go to fully uncrewed operations anytime soon, but the role of counsel to assess emerging risks that come with advanced automation in the maritime sector is only growing.