As part of London International Shipping Week, HFW Partner Tom Walters and Senior Associate Matthew Montgomery, will explore the recent developments in vessel technology and consider the kind of ships that may be crossing our oceans in 2030. The talk will also consider the existing maritime regulations and whether the legal framework governing safety at sea can adapt as quickly as the technology. And if not, where does that leave the industry?
Developments in marine technology go hand in hand with increasing cyber risks and, in the second half of this presentation, HFW will consider the implications of a possible cyber breach on an autonomous vessel leading to a major casualty. How can casualty response measures be put in place where a vessel is unmanned? And, if the root cause of the casualty was the failure to update one of the electronic systems onboard, can the vessel be said to have been seaworthy when the voyage began?
These issues and more will be covered by HFW as they look ahead at what the future may hold for the industry.