Technology

MARITIME INSPIRATION FOR TECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

FOR its daily practitioners, maritime law and arbitration is a specialised field grounded by centuries-old concepts and the measured evolution of a mature industry. So consider, then, the dilemma of entrepreneurs who must calibrate the risk-to-reward ratio of decisions in a business environment which has no such history or tradition. What legal touchstone can they use? In...

Can photos lie?

ALMOST all lawyers and insurance claims handlers use marine surveyors and consultants at one time or another. They are the eyes and ears of litigators and claims handlers. Their reports are often the only evidence of what actually happened. So it is no surprise that principals ask surveyors for swift reporting and, above all, for good photographs of the scene. And therein lies...

E-vidence of change

CONCERNS about the authenticity and reliability of shipping contracts have existed for centuries. Indeed, the very phrase carta partita, from which charter party is derived, is Latin for 'divided document', referring to the medieval practice of writing contract terms in duplicate on a single sheet which was then divided up so that each part fitted the other. The requirement...

Getting scientific

MOST lawyers and insurance claims handlers will need to use engineers to investigate maritime incidents at one time or another. In many cases, the instruction will be for a routine cause, nature and extent of damage investigation. In such cases, the cause of the incident is not always of prime concern. Indeed, particularly immediately after an incident when security is being...

Mental adhesives

THE use of technology to help resolve maritime disputes is nothing new. Video and photographic evidence is often used to help support a case, while some lawyers rely on projection screens in the courtroom to help visually illustrate the events leading up to an incident. But possibly the most powerful tool available to the maritime lawyer is forensic animation. Forensic...

The admiralty technologist’s quiver

WHEN providing technical services to the legal community, it can be a challenge to engage current technology while understanding the implications of the historical aspects of the industry. Computational hydrodynamics and structural finite element analysis are two recent contributions to technology in the maritime field. Computational hydrodynamics The prediction of vessel...