Game change: a critical review of applicable collision avoidance rules between traditional and autonomous ships

Pengfei Zhang, Qiong Chen, Tobias Macdonald, Yui-Yip Lau, Yuk-Ming Tang

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Abstract

Since the rise of intelligent control and multi-sensor integration technology, the development of autonomous ships has been significantly growing over the last decade. This advancement
has painted a picture of extreme change with a radical alteration of human factors and new operating
models. Inherent with the development of such ships, some concerns regarding their safe operation
and integration into the maritime regulatory framework arose. Although the introduction of autonomous vessels is not an impending factor, it is the future, and one day will come into application.
The primary concern inherent in the development of autonomous ships is compliance with the
current International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) 1972. This paper uses
an interdisciplinary approach to examine autonomous vessel seaborne interactions. The results show
that we should actively support the modernization of the maritime industry and integrate it with
other autonomous industries in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Engineering
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2022

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