"Implications of Deployment of Digital Technology in Maritime Operations: Employment Law of Master and Crew"

"Implications of Deployment of Digital Technology in Maritime Operations: Employment Law of Master and Crew"

Author by Dr. Olubukola Olugasa

Journal/Publisher: Babcock University Essays On Contemporary Legal Issues (book Of Readings)

Volume/Edition: 2

Language: English

Pages: 95 - 110

Abstract

The history of maritime law reveals a very scary and risky venture at sea at inception. The gravity of the risk had necessitated the nature of the laws regulating the personnel for shipping operations even all through the industrial revolution era. The master and the crew are so much valued for maritime operations that they earned some uniquely different regulations from other professional personnel. They enjoy extra-ordinary remunerations, rights and privileges much superior to others. When the vessel is on the high sea, the life of the ship-owner remains in the hands of the master and crew. The fundamental basis for the peculiar value was the desperate quest to secure the expensive venture in the hands of the master and the crew. Technological advancement has however introduced some innovations that have demystified the operations of the ship even on the far away high seas. By virtue of information and communication technology (ICT) tools, the ship-owner is no longer left helpless in the hands of the personnel. He can see all that happens on the ship real time and in fact partake in decision-making on the ship. The most innovative aspect is the introduction of artificial intelligence for operation of unmanned ships. This paper seeks to identify those aspects of maritime employment law that have been impacted positively and negatively by technological innovations and propose reforms in the laws to capture the ICT-driven operations for a more wholesome and up-to-date maritime employment operations.


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