Autonomous Ships and the Law

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Chapter 11

Hull insurance of autonomous ships according to Nordic law: What are the challenges?

Trine-Lise Wilhelmsen and Hans Jacob Bull

1 Introduction

The topic of this chapter is the outlining of the challenges arising in relation to the hull insurance of autonomous ships under Nordic law. Nordic hull insurance is regulated by the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan (NP).1 The concept of “autonomous” ships is defined in the introductory chapter to this book as containing three different elements, or levels, of ship automation: technical capability, manning, and autonomy. The three elements are closely interlinked and interdependent. The concept therefore encompasses a great range of ships, with different levels of technical capability, manning, and autonomy.

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