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Preventing Pollution from the MASS: Implementing the Precautionary Principle

Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen: Spotlight (Episode 49)


This episode of the Völkerrrechtliche Tagesthemen focuses on the ongoing trend of introducing Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) to commercial shipping. It addresses whether the MASS meets the standards set forth in the UNCLOS, SOLAS, MARPOL, and various other international instruments.

How will the precautionary principle be implemented considering the scientific uncertainties of MASS? How can it be ensured that the MASS will comply with the international rules and standards to be safe, reliable, and do no harm to the marine environment?

The MASS must prove that it does not present an increased risk of pollution catastrophes. This lecture will attempt to clarify the above-mentioned environmental concerns of the MASS under a multi-level set of regulations.


Richard Xing
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