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German British Forum


Andrew Higgs, Consultant Solicitor, Setfords Solicitors

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  • Speaker Details: Unmanned ships, legal and employment aspects

Setfords Solicitor’s maritime law and insurance risk specialist, Andrew M Higgs, will speak about the legal implications of new unmanned ships, an emerging technology which is causing waves in the shipping sector. Currently there is no clear and obvious legal and regulatory framework for autonomous, unmanned or remotely-controlled merchant ships sailing in international waters. But with unmanned ships promising fewer accidents and human injuries at sea, and lower operating costs, this is set to change.


With 35 years at the forefront of legal risk management, focusing on international maritime law, Andrew represented the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for five years between 2008 and 2013. Andrew has spoken at the Houses of Parliament and since 2016 has been an active contributor to the IMO’s regulatory review of unmanned ships through the UK Government’s Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Working Group.