In late 2018, shareholder David Sharpe attended OST 2018, a conference focused on autonomous ships held in Oslo, Norway, where he delivered a presentation titled “Towage Services for Autonomous Vessels under U.S. Law.”
David’s presentation began with an overview of U.S. legal principles that apply to towage and offshore services, a subject he teaches at Tulane Law School, where he is an adjunct professor of law. David then explored how existing rules and regulations might be applied in the context of remote-controlled or completely autonomous tugs and other offshore-support vessels. Where existing rules do not allow for unmanned vessel operations, he discussed what changes might be needed.
The 2.5-day conference was hosted by the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo, and it was jointly sponsored by the Tulane Maritime Law Center and the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton.