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Vol, 5,   No, 1, FUdP 2016


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By  Charles  A. Patrizia


     ince the founding of our Section in 1917, tech-
     nologv  has changed  the maritime industry and
     the industry has driven technological change. At
the same  time, much  of the heritage of the maritime
industry and its governing body  of law -has remained
constant.

New  Technologies, Time-Honored Law
Navigation is now  aided by satellite, nt sextant cnd tie
sighting of the sun or stars. Cargo travels containerized,
and  te role of stevedores to load and Unload break  u lk
cargo is reduced. Diesel is the common  pover  source,
not coa-1fired steam (though wind power  is touted as
resurgent). Automation has reduced  crew' size particularly
On merchant  vessels, even as vessel size increases. Thte
largest container vessel is now more
than 170,0700 tonss, yet caries a crew
of fewer t.han 30. The newest pas-
senger vesset-----the Symphony of the      .
Seas-will  transport more than 6,000
passengers served_- by 2,000 crew
members,  whereas  the Titanic could
transport .,500 pas ssengers served bv
1,000 crew memberc    S ome coun-
tines' navies nd merchant marines  are
beginning  to use drone vessels.             Patrizia

Charles A. Patri'zi (arlespatrizia(palhasils.com) is a
partner in the Poaul Hastings itigation practice and rs based in
the jirms Washington, D.C'., fice. 1e has more than 40years of
experience in regulatory nmatters and complex dispute resolution.
Ite chairs the Sectionso Commrittee on Mtaritimne Law


   Yet with all those changes, the perils of the sea
remain. A person  lost overboard will alwacys be a speck
difficu t to fnd in a ol ing ocean. Storms still batter
ships,  nd despite advances  inr navigation, hee are still
groundings  and collisions.
   And 1 he law appliccble to all these matters still draws
on hundreds  of years of admiralty cases and still car-
ries its own special vocabulary -----general and specific
average, maintenance  and  cure, charter parties, and
insurance clubs. While virtu'lly all of the usual claims
under  the typical carriage or charter contracts are now
subject to arbitration and federal cases have decined,
arbitration decisions routinely cite U.S. and English
admiraly  cacses-
                                    continued  on page  7


Published in iofrstructure, Volumne 58. Number 1, Fall 21 8.Q 201 9 Aierica Bar Associotion. Reproduced with Permission. All righis reserved. This information o any portion thereof
may iof be copied or disseinairoted in oy form or by any meons or slored in oi electronic dotbase or reirieval system Aithout the express wNritten sonseni of Ite Arericn Bor Associaion.


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