IUMI input to IMO Legal Committee’s regulatory scoping exercise for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS)

By Hendrike Kühl, IUMI Policy Director

In response to technological advances, the IMO’s Maritime Safety and Legal Committees agreed to conduct a regulatory scoping exercise to consider whether international conventions within their remit require amendments to enable the safe and secure use of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS). In support of these efforts, IUMI representatives met with their longstanding partners and affiliates from the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Group of P&I Clubs to jointly comment on the initial review undertaken by various member states of the following IMO instruments under the remit of the Legal Committee:

  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001
  • International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) 1969, the Protocol of 1976, the CLC/Fund of 1992 and Protocol of 2003
  • Athens Convention, 1974, and Protocols of 1976 and 2002
  • The Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 and the Protocol of 1996
  • Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007

While we were in agreement with the vast majority of the initial reviews by the member states, debate prevailed on some provisions and ultimately we were able to agree on comments from our group for submission to the IMO. Submissions were made to the IMO by the deadline of 31 July 2019.

Thank you to the International Group of P&I Clubs for hosting us in their London office.