By Mr. Sameh Selim:The Coming Maritime Revolution

Mr. Sameh Selim

The Coming Maritime Revolution

By Sameh Selim- A member of the United States Press Agency

The upcoming industrial sea revolution has already begun, and its results will soon appear on the military and commercial levels, with a major qualitative shift in maritime transport technology and maritime military manufacturing. Scientists are working day and night to have their inventions appear very soon. What is coming will be impressive in the seas, especially maritime trade or commercial maritime transport. We have previously seen modern military inventions. These uncrewed aerial vehicles can be controlled remotely and have proven their existence in contemporary wars due to their low cost and effective power. Thus, new maritime inventions began, such as operating warships or submarines with heavy weapons roaming the seas. They can be directed remotely to provide the human element, so their only job is to command and direct remotely. 

Scientists sensed the importance of this and thought, why not create giant marine tankers that roam the seas and oceans that can be directed remotely from the port of departure to the port of arrival to save the human element and ward off marine risks to which the ship and the crew are exposed and to reduce the cost of transportation and marine risks, which reduces the cost of marine insurance on the ship and the goods it carries. On board, it runs without stopping to refuel with food, drinks, etc., because there is no human element on board.

On the other hand, the low cost and the lack of a human element on board means that it can travel large distances across unconventional, new, or long sea routes without stopping between the ports of departure and arrival, but there are also marine risks that the ship can encounter during the voyage, such as high waves, wind speed, or mechanical malfunctions. It can be tracked electronically.

As for the piracy operations that may be encountered during the voyage, electronic marine piracy controls the ship's movement and directs it to a place other than its destination or itinerary. Therefore, the old traditional piracy will not work with these modern ships, as the traditional pirates cannot control them due to the lack of the human element on board.

As for the most important point in our conversation today, if the ship passes through sea lanes such as straits and sea lanes such as the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, or the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits, for example, will the ship's engines be stopped electronically and handed over to the Guidance and Guidance Authority and the authorities of this region until it crosses safely, and then the engines are started again electronically? After crossing the strait or canal in the high sea or the wide ocean, will pilotage and towing, whether at ports of arrival, develop and become electronic so that the work of the human element is limited only to the dock through electronic control? This also requires the development of ports and towage, pilotage, and mooring systems accordingly, and the ancient days may answer all of these questions.

Finally, regarding maritime legislation related to maritime law and maritime insurance, the maritime technological shift must be accompanied by new legislative amendments related to the old maritime law and maritime cargo insurance with its three old traditional encyclopedias, Lloyd's of England, Veritas of France, and Harter of America, such as inventorying the emerging electronic marine risks and developing a comprehensive vision of what could happen in the future of maritime transport.

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