THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF MARINE RADAR

The purpose of this paper is to outline major aspects of collision law and marine radar, to explore judicial trends in the area, and to suggest related policies. The discussion is restricted to both the International and Inland Rules of the Road, to the exclusion of the Western Rivers Rules and the Great Lakes Rules. The reasons for such an exclusion are the paucity of judicial decisions in regard to radar in the latter two areas and the relatively lower volume of commerce upon waters governed by those Rules. Second, the paper is limited to radar in terms of multi-ship collision avoidance and the Rules of the Road to the exclusion of the navigational or position- finding function of radar. Note, however, that both functions may and usually are, encompassed within one radar unit installation. Third, the discussion is limited to radar on commercial vessels as opposed to naval, due to the special technical considerations of the latter. Fourth, the discussion assumes an awareness of the usual limitations and capabilities of marine radar, a knowledge of the data furnished by intelligent utilization of the device, the reliability of such data, etc. For those unfamiliar with such concepts, a bibliography of materials on radar operation, interpretation, and the technicalities thereof is set forth in the appendix.

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    Jefferson Law Book Company

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  • Authors:
    • Murphy Jr, T F
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

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  • Accession Number: 00139193
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Jefferson Law Book Company
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM