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INC 2018
19 October 2018

The Royal Institute of Navigation's INC 2018 conference is less than a month away. Early delegate and accommodation booking recommended.


US PNT Advisory Board meeting recommendations
18 October 2018

The 6 August meeting of the US Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board was unusual for several reasons. First, it was a departure from the board's normal semi-annual spring and fall meeting schedule. At its meeting in May the board was unable to finalize several recommendations and did not want to delay delivery of its work to the administration until its scheduled meeting in December. Hence, this intersessional meeting.
Also, the meeting was the group's first to be held virtually (on-line and telephonically). Board members from locations in the US, Switzerland, Australia, Egypt, Norway, and Mexico participated. Many did so at an unusual hour of their day but were glad they were able to participate without the need for air travel.
It was also unusual for the large number of recommendations that resulted. This abundance of advice was the product, in many cases, of several years' work by the board. This meeting was an opportunity to finalize and formalize the group's efforts.


Heavy contact made by container vessel
18 October 2018

MAIB/Gov/UK Crown Copyright 2018 ©

At 1137 on 4 May 2017, the UK registered container ship CMA CGM Centaurus made heavy contact with the quay and two shore cranes while under pilotage during its arrival at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The accident resulted in the collapse of a shore crane and ten injuries, including one serious injury, to shore personnel.
The accident occurred because the ship was unable to attain a sufficiently high rate of turn into a basin in preparation for berthing. The pilot was unaware of the ship's speed, and the ship's bridge team were uncertain of the maximum speed required to complete the turn safely.
There was no agreed plan for the intended manoeuvre, and therefore no shared mental model between the bridge team and the pilot. Consequently, the pilot was operating in isolation without the support of the bridge team, allowing the pilot's decision-making to become a single system point of failure.


ICS releases new study on Seafarers and Digitalisation
16 October 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.
In light of growing media interest and the diversity of expert opinions on the subject, the study seeks to separate fact from fiction. Commenting on its release, ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten said: 'The two-year IMO regulatory scoping exercise for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships is now well underway to determine how existing IMO instruments can be leveraged to ensure that autonomous ships are safe, secure, and environmentally sound.'
With over 1.6 million seafarers currently estimated to serve in merchant ships trading internationally, the impact of MASS on seafarers requires thorough consideration going forward.


Hundreds of UK troops deploy on Exercise Trident Juncture
12 October 2018

The British Army's 4th Infantry Brigade HQ is deploying to command UK Reconnaissance, Infantry, Combat and Logistic Support units alongside a Danish battlegroup and a Polish Mechanised Infantry Company - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A column of British Army support vehicles crossing from Germany to Denmark on their way to Norway - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A driver from the convoy packet cleans the underneath of the vehicle to decontaminate it before driving to Norway - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

On 10 October hundreds of UK troops arrived in The Netherlands as part of an epic 2,500km road move to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO's flagship exercise in 2018. In Norway, UK Armed Forces personnel will contribute to the large-scale and complex exercise which will test NATO's most important founding principle of collective defence in an Article 5 scenario - when an attack on one is an attack on all. With some 150 aircraft, 40,000 participants and 10,000 vehicles, this is the largest collective defence exercise NATO has seen in over a decade.


CSIRO radio telescope nearly doubles number of fast radio bursts
11 October 2018

An artist's impression of CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope observing fast radio bursts in fly's-eye mode. Each antenna points in a slightly different direction, giving maximum sky coverage - © OzGrav, Swinburne UoT
Antennas of CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope - CSIRO/Alex Cherney©

Australian researchers using a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of "fast radio bursts" - powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space.
The team's discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected and their findings were reported from CSIRO HQ in Canberra on 10 October and in the journal Nature. Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last for just milliseconds. Scientists do not know what causes them but it must involve incredible energy - equivalent to the amount released by the Sun in 80 years, it is claimed.


Assured PNT military technology
09 October 2018

It was recently announced from Washington, DC, that Orolia, a world leader in Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions would be presenting a comprehensive suite of Assured PNT military technology devices and systems at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, currently underway to 10 October. There will also be an introduction to Orolia's latest wearable battlefield communications equipment.
Orolia's comprehensive PNT technology devices are reported to deliver precise, secure battlefield communications, situational awareness and decision support for a wide range of mission applications.


ION abstract submission deadline
09 October 2018

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the ION co-located International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.


IAIN 16th World Congress
08 October 2018

The 16th World Congress of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) will be hosted by the Japan Institute of Navigation (JIN). This event will be held from 28 November to 1 December at the world-class Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The World Congress has been held in a different region every three years to discuss technical navigation issues since 1976.
If you have not registered yet you are encouraged to do so with haste on the dedicated Congress website to be found at: www.iain2018.org. A (tentative) program is here.


Boeing teams with Robotic Skies to provide enhanced commercial unmanned aircraft system services
05 October 2018

On 2 October it was announced that Boeing and its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall have joined with Robotic Skies, a leading commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) support services provider, to develop and deliver industry- leading supply chain management and optimization, analytics, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the commercial and civil UAS markets.


ION's Kepler Award to Dr Oliver Montenbruck
04 October 2018

Dr Oliver Montenbruck

It was reported from ION HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 2 October that the Institute of Navigation's (ION) Satellite Division presented Dr Oliver Montenbruck with its Johannes Kepler Award on 28 September at the ION GNSS+ Conference (Miami, Florida) for his pioneering contributions to GPS for navigation of space vehicles, the advancement of multi-GNSS understanding and tracking networks to support scientific and societal benefit.
The Johannes Kepler Award recognizes and honours an individual for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. It is the highest honour bestowed by the ION's Satellite Division.


Dr Yu Jiao receives the ION Bradford W Parkinson Award
04 October 2018

Dr. Yu "Joy" Jiao, Colorado State University

At the ION GNSS+ Conference in September, the Bradford W Parkinson Award was presented to Dr Yu Jiao in recognition of her graduate student excellence in GNSS in her thesis, Low-Latitude Ionospheric Scintillation Signal Simulation, Characterization and Detection on GPS Signals.
The Bradford W Parkinson Award is granted annually to recognize an outstanding graduate student in the field of GNSS, and is presented in honour of Bradford W Parkinson for his leadership in establishing the US Global Positioning System and for his work on behalf of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation.


The annual Royal Navy Photographic Competition
03 October 2018

HMS Trenchant has broken through the ice of the North Pole with two US submarines, as polar Ice Exercise 18 (ICEX) comes to an end. - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Royal Marines turned Angels to rescue comrades from the battlefield in the Arizona desert. - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Aspen Mbabazi takes part in an air defence exercise where personnel were closed up on the Bridge and in the Operations Room. -photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Each year at this time skilled photojournalists are recognised for their perfect pictures in the Royal Navy's annual photographic competition - the Peregrine Trophy Awards. These were presented at an event at Trinity House in the City of London in the last week of September.
Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go. In the past year their imagery and video has covered everything from submarine operations in the North Pole, flight deck operations on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, joyful homecomings and Royal Marines Commando exercises in hot climates.


(US) ION requests comment on GNSS software defined radio (SDR) metadata standard
03 October 2018

It was announced by the (US) Institute of Navigation from its HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 2 October that the Institute's GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard working group is seeking its second and final public comment on the standard through to 30 November, 2018.
The formal standards document is available at: sdr.ion.org where comments may be made by clicking on "Submit a Comment."
Public comments are being accepted through to 30 November 2018.


World Maritime Day 2018
29 September 2018

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been celebrating its major anniversaries during 2018, with focus on the achievements of past decades as well as the challenges of the future, as the Organization seeks to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.
On 27 September, IMO and the global maritime community celebrate the annual World Maritime Day, under the theme: IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future.


F 35s flying off HMS Queen Elizabeth
29 September 2018

Two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of the UK's Carrier Strike Capability - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Commander Nathan Gray RN, made history by being the first to land on, carefully manoeuvring his stealth jet onto the thermal coated deck - image credited to Lieutenant-Commander Lindsey Waudby RN ©

The first F-35 Lightning fighter jets have landed on the deck of the United Kingdom's new aircraft carrier, making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of the Royal Navy's Carrier Strike operations. On 25 September Commander Nathan Gray, RN, and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were the first pilots to land their stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the potential formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and her fleet of jets.


ATSB investigation into King Air accident highlights the importance of checklists
25 September 2018

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released the final report into Loss of control and collision with terrain involving Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft at Essendon Airport.
ATSB Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood said this accident emphasised the importance of having a cockpit checklist in place applicable to an aircraft's specific and current modification status. He commented: 'Checklists are a part of every pilot's pre-flight risk management plan and are an essential tool for overcoming limitations of the human memory.'


2019 Living Planet Symposium
22 September 2018

The LPSA19 Symposium has extended an invitation to readers to participate in the European Space Agency's 2019 Living Planet Symposium. This event, which is held every three years, will take place on 13-17 May 2019 in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency and the European Commission.
Here the focus is on how Earth Observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies are changing the traditional Earth Observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.


CSIRO launches ASEAN presence
18 September 2018

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore, 17 September 2018 - photo: CSIRO ©

Australian science and technology will be front and centre in the ASEAN region as Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore on 18 September.
The announcement coincided with Singapore-headquartered investment company, Temasek, becoming the third largest investor in the A$232 million CSIRO Innovation Fund, managed by Main Sequence Ventures.
The CSIRO Innovation Fund supports new spin-outs, start-ups, and Small and Medium Enterprises engaged in the translation of research generated in the Australian publicly funded research sector, including the CSIRO and universities.


Considering the use of pitot head prove covers
18 September 2018

Pitot probe covers removed from the aircraft after the incident flight reported. Photo: ATSB ©.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's safety advisory notice released on 30 August advises operators flying to Brisbane Airport to consider the use of pitot probe covers and, when used, ensure rigorous processes are in place to confirm the covers are removed before flight.
The release of this advisory notice follows the publication of the ATSB's preliminary report into an airspeed indication failure on take-off of an Airbus A330 at Brisbane airport on 18 July 2018. The ATSB found that local engineering support crew placed covers on the pitot probes soon after the previous landing. Inspections during the aircraft's turnaround did not identify their fitment and they remained on the aircraft for its departure. This resulted in unusable airspeed information being displayed to the flight crew.


Brexit and Pilot licensing: clarification
17 September 2018

With regard to Brexit and clarifying the position on pilot licensing, UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) Head of Flight Operations, Rob Bishton, commented on 14 September: 'In a no-deal Brexit scenario, UK pilots operating UK-registered aircraft will not need to have their current licence reissued. Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered aircraft as the United Kingdom is a signatory to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Chicago Convention. Our licences are internationally recognised - including by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - both now and after 29 March 2019.

The CAA annual report


OMC's technology wins export award
17 September 2018

Dr Terry O'Brien, centre, with at left Victoria's Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Philip Dalidakis, and to the right HM Governor of Victoria, the Hon Linda Dessau at the Government House presentation on 14 September.

Winning a prestigious 2018 Governor of Victoria Export Award further cements OMC International's reputation as an industry leader in under-keel clearance (UKC) management, Executive Director Dr Terry O'Brien AM said in a communique? issued on 17 September. Dr O'Brien received the Business Services Award trophy from the Governor of the State of Victoria, Australia, the Hon Linda Dessau, at a reception at Government House on the night of 14 September. The award was 'For outstanding international success in the professional business services including ...engineering...'


Storm names for 2018-2019 announced
13 September 2018

Storm Hector of June 2018 - photo www.metoffice.gov.uk ©

On 11 September the (UK) Met Office and Met Éireann revealed the list of storm names for the coming season. First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Irish Republic) have jointly run the 'Name our Storms' scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.
This year the first storm will be 'male' and named Ali, while the second storm will be 'female' and named Bronagh, following the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970s.


IHMA change of Secretary
11 September 2018

The International Harbour Masters' Association reports that Sabrina Delelis has been appointed Secretary of the organisation in succession to Anne Carnegie who has departed after six years in the post.


IMO HQ open to the public
10 September 2018

Photographs kindly provided by IMO ©

As part of the continuing celebrations of IMO's 70th anniversary, the organisation we will be opening its HQ to the public within the framework of the annual London Open House Weekend initiative.
This exciting event, a first for IMO, will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 from 1100 to 1600, and will give the public a rare opportunity to visit the building (see illustrations) and learn about the role and importance of IMO.
In this regard staff at IMO would appreciate it if readers could help to spread the word by forwarding the following link to friends and colleagues.


The Nautical Institute updates its support for CMMar award
07 September 2018

It was reported on 5 September that The Nautical Institute had signed an updated administrative agreement in support of the Chartered Master Mariner (CMMar) programme - a new professional maritime standard. This agreement, signed by the Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Captain Rob Booth (pictured, right), and the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, Captain John Lloyd (left), has been refined to establish clarity of requirement for UK and international applicants and to ensure administrative support and record keeping continue to be delivered by The Nautical Institute.
The CMMar award serves to recognise mariners who have benefited the maritime industry, enhanced their professional capabilities and demonstrated a willingness to help others.


CANSO Africa Conference 2018
05 September 2018

It was reported from Mombasa on 4 September that CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, has identified key areas of focus for improving the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of air traffic management (ATM) in Africa paving the way for a seamless sky. From robust industry partnerships, to embracing tools and technologies and finding common solutions to common problems, CANSO has called on the ATM community in Africa to leverage the power of partnership and innovation and work together to improve performance across the region.
The CANSO Africa Conference 2018 was hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and supported by lead sponsor Aireon in Mombasa, Kenya, on 3-5 September.


Effective see-and-avoid techniques needed at non-towered aerodromes
05 September 2018

Approximate location of aircraft when the C208 pilot called entering and rolling, Ballina Bryon Gateway Airport, New South Wales. - Source: Google Earth, annotated by the ATSB©

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is urging pilots to ensure they use effective see-and-avoid techniques to avoid traffic conflicts when flying at non-towered aerodromes.
Investigation by the ATSB into a traffic conflict between a Robinson R22 and a Cessna C208 highlights the importance of pilots maintaining a constant visual lookout to avoid traffic conflicts. This was reported by ATSB on 5 September 2018. The ATSB found that despite the use of the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) and the certified air/ground radio service (CA/GRO) to advise of their positions by both pilots and instructor on board VH-MFH (MFH was on a training circuit) the pilot of VH-SJJ moved onto the runway before he had visually identified the helicopter.


Harbour pilots and crew need shared understanding of passage plan for safe voyage
05 September 2018

Bulk carrier, Aquadiva - illustration reproduced by kind authorization of ATSB©

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is highlighting the >need for a shared understanding or 'shared mental model' of a ship's passage plan by bridge crew and harbour pilots to ensure a safe voyage. The ATSB's investigation into the near grounding of the bulk carrier Aquadiva in Newcastle Harbour (New South Wales) on 12 February 2017 also underlines the importance of a ship's bridge crew and harbour pilot engaging in effective communication and information exchange to develop this shared understanding or mental model of a ship's passage plan.


Two forthcoming IAAC workshops and a conference
03 September 2018

IAIN Member IAAC - the Israeli Association for Automatic Control - has as its main goal and focus the promotion of Automatic Control theory, practice and education in Israel.
On 5 November 2018, the IAAC will host a Guest workshop on Model Predictive Control: Concepts, Algorithms, Tools, and Applications. Speaker: Professor Alberto Bemporad, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy. Organizer: Professor Per-Olof Gutman, Technion. Location: Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel.
On 7 January 2019, the IAAC workshop Vision-Aided Navigation will be held. Organizers: Harel Kraus, Elbit Location: Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel.
For more details

In addition readers are invited to note that the IAAC co-sponsored 27th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 19, will be held in Akko, Israel, from 1-4 July, 2019.


Operators and inspectors spot gaps in ECDIS knowledge
01 September 2018

It is understood from IAIN Member ECDIS Ltd that seafarers' results during on-line 1.27 Generic tests almost perfectly agree with the recently published list of observations made by Port State Control inspectors. Apparently there are still knowledge gaps, in particular with the new S52 PL 4.0 updates.
ECDIS Ltd report that over 1000 users in August 2018 alone refreshed their annual competency in IMO ECDIS 1.27 Generic tests with the company's renowned course which is now on-line at a non-profit price, or available for download.


World Water Week 26-31 August 2018 Stockholm
29 August 2018

Root-zone soil moisture as seen in May 2016 - ESA's SMOS mission was launched in 2009 to provide global observations of soil moisture and ocean salinity - two important variables in Earth's water cycle. While this novel Earth Explorer satellite continues to advance our understanding of the planet, it is also showing considerable potential for real-world applications to improve everyday life. - © ESA/Cesbio Id 360304
Denmark scorched - The image on the left from July 2017 shows lush green fields, but as the image from this July shows, the heat and lack of rain has taken its toll on the health of the vegetation. This year's summer weather means that the same comparison could be made for many other parts of Europe.
The two Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites carry high-resolution multispectral optical imagers to monitor changes in vegetation. While the difference in plant health in these two images is clear to see, the mission offers measurements of leaf area index, leaf chlorophyll and leaf water content, which allow for a detailed assessment of plant health. - © contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017-18), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id 397389

Water is crucial to life on Earth. But today, its over-exploitation and pollution present challenges for the environment, economies and global living standards. These issues are addressed by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the annual World Water Week, which runs from 26-31 August 2018 in Stockholm. This was reported by ESA on 27 August.
World Water Week provides an ideal opportunity for thousands of participants from academia, industry and government to exchange ideas on this year's theme of Water, Ecosystems and Human Development. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the week-long forum promotes collaborative action to help solve the looming water crisis. The event takes place as Europe recovers from an exceptionally dry and hot summer, which caused a drought in northern countries, for example Denmark and Sweden.


Unmanned tractor snowploughing at 73.171 kph
22 August 2018

It was announced on 22 August that Nokian Tyres and tractor manufacturer Valtra had earlier in the year set the world record for snow removal with an autonomous tractor. The record was set in March 2018 using an unmanned Valtra T254 Versu tractor equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres. Operated without a driver, the tractor ploughed snow on a closed road in Southern Finland at 73.171 kph (45.466 mph).
What would you do with an unmanned tractor?


ION Awards 2018
22 August 2018

News was received from the Institute of Navigation (US) on 16 August that Nominations for ION Fellows and Annual Awards are now being accepted. The ION Annual Award Program is sponsored by The Institute of Navigation and recognizes individuals making significant contributions or demonstrating outstanding performance relating to the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing.
Readers are invited to nominate a deserving colleague for the ION Fellows and Annual Awards. Nominations are due on or before 15 October 2018.


DUKC® technology reduces Lyttelton dredging
21 August 2018

Illustrations kindly provided by OMC International DUKC® ©

OMC International, provider of under-keel clearance technology for ports and harbours, has helped Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) significantly reduce the volume of dredging required to upgrade the Port's entrance channel, through use of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology.
Later this month (August) one of the world's largest dredgers will start work enlarging the entrance channel to Lyttelton Port, New Zealand.
With container ships having doubled in size in the past ten years, the channel deepening project is necessary to ensure the Port can accommodate larger vessels and support Lyttelton's future as the South Island's major international trade gateway.


ION GNSS+ 2018
18 August 2018

To receive early bird registration rates for ION GNSS+ 2018 readers are invited to complete registration by 24 August.

The ION Satellite Division is bringing back complimentary Short Courses taught by internationally recognized GNSS experts and educators on 24 September. Presented in a lecture-style learning environment, ION Short Courses are for professionals at all levels of their career, from the novice to the experienced practitioner and academic.


Three miniature satellites or CubeSats
16 August 2018

Three miniature satellites or CubeSats freshly launched into space, a striking reminder of human cooperation at the heart of space exploration involving space administrations of Bhutan, Malaysia and the Philippines. - Id 398324. Released 14/08/2018 4:09 pm. Copyright ESA/NASA-A. Gerst ©

On 14 August the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that Bhutan's first ever satellite along with others from Malaysia and the Philippines were released into their respective orbits from the International Space Station on 10 August.
While the launch was a first for Bhutan, it was just another day on the International Space Station that was built and is maintained by thousands of people across the globe.
Launched in 1998, the Space Station is the culmination of years of international planning and partnership between the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, and participating European countries. In its 20 years of operation the Space Station has hosted many international flight crews, launched global operations and conducted research from the world-wide scientific community. It is not only a technological achievement but a successful testament to partnership across borders.


Pacific PNT 2019
11 August 2018

Pacific PNT 2019, 8-11 April 2019 Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

The (US) Institute of Navigation's Pacific PNT Conference is a global cooperative development of Positioning, Navigation and Timing technology and applications where policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Australia, the United States and more meet to discuss policy updates, receive programme status updates and exchange technical information.
Special topic sessions will concern BeiDou, Cosmic / Formosat and QZSS.

See ION's site or this flyer for details.


Sites to watch #7
06 August 2018

Introducing the Turrem Data Group, otherwise known as TDG, who play an important role instructing the maritime community in the dangers of data insecurity in its many forms.
Recent years have seen rapid growth in the reach and complexity of cyber-attacks in the maritime business. Without doubt cyber security has become a major concern and should be considered as an integral part of overall safety management in shipping and offshore operations.
Take a look at the latest issue of Phish & Ships, their web-based publication and consider joining their mailing list.


Berlin battles heatwave
01 August 2018

Images released: 31/07/2018; Length 00:00:14; Language English; Footage Type Animation; Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA ©

This year's heatwave continues to sweep across Europe, with wildfires reported across the continent, as the current heat scorches land and vegetation in countries such as the UK, Sweden and Greece. This video link shows two images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission indicating farm land and other topography around the capital of Germany, Berlin.


ICAO Council reaches landmark decision on aviation emissions offsetting
01 August 2018

The ICAO Council made important headway on CORSIA during its 214th Session. - ICAO ©

The ICAO Council made important headway on 27 June on the key international standards supporting the planned timeline for the UN aviation agency's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, during its 214th Session.
This adoption of the First Edition of Annex 16, Volume IV, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), comes less than two years after ICAO's 192 Member States achieved their historic agreement on CORSIA at the Organization's 39th Assembly, an emissions-offsetting first for any global industry sector.
In the words of ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu: 'Gaining agreement on this new Volume IV to Annex 16 is critical to helping States and airlines to operationalize CORSIA per its established deadlines.'


ENC 2019 announcement
28 July 2018

Organised by the Polish Navigation Forum, the 2019 edition of the European Navigation Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland, 8-12 Aprl, 2019.
"Welcome! On behalf of European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN) and the Polish Navigation Forum (PNF), I invite you to participate in the next edition of European Navigation Conference, ENC 2019. Looking forward to seeing you in Warsaw!"
Krzysztof Czaplewski, Chairman of the ENC 2019 Organizing Committee


COMMOCEAN 2018, the 3rd International Marine Science Communication Conference
28 July 2018

CommOCEAN 2018 aims to provide communication skills and inspiration to communicators across a range of experience levels. Many sessions are suitable for all, but some elements of the programme will run simultaneously and are tailored for those looking to build their communications skills and to those looking to move their communications to the next level. Delegates should choose the most appropriate sessions for their skills level.
The core programme will offer inspiring and insightful addresses from leaders in marine science communication, presentations and workshops covering communications techniques and platforms, and examples of marine science research communications campaigns. The event will also feature talks on current marine science projects and an exhibition of public engagement materials and techniques.


Sharm El Sheikh - as seen by Sentinel-2
28 July 2018

Illustration released at 1000 on 27 July 2018. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Description: Id 396541 ESA ©

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite provides a view over Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Famous as a resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, this coastal strip along the Red Sea is peppered with bars, restaurants and hotels. The ancient Greeks and Romans are thought to have taken their holidays in Egypt as long ago as the 4th century BC.
This striking true-colour image shows the Gulf of Aqaba at the top centre, feeding into the Red Sea - home to some of the hottest and saltiest seawater in the world. The Red Sea is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest waterways.


Aeolus preparing to fly the wind mission
26 July 2018

Measuring cyclones. Id 340783. Released 02/06/2015 5:00 pm Copyright ESA/ATG medialab ©

ESA's Aeolus wind mission will provide timely and accurate profiles of the world's winds and further information on aerosols and clouds. This mission will advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics. It will also provide much-needed information to improve weather forecasts and contribute to climate research.
The satellite, an example shown here, carries a single instrument: a Doppler wind lidar (light+radar) called Aladin. This sophisticated instrument is designed to probe the lowermost 30 km of the atmosphere along the satellite's orbital path. Comprising a powerful laser, a large telescope and a very sensitive receiver, Aladin will be the first wind lidar in space. In cloud-free air the lidar will probe the atmosphere down to the surface, or to the top of dense cloud.


Looming iceberg
19 July 2018

Illustration kindly provided by ESA. Id 397007. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA ©

This satellite image, captured by Sentinel-2A on 9 July 2018, shows a huge iceberg perilously close to the village of Innaarsuit (indicated in red) on the west coast of Greenland. It is understood that if the berg breaks apart, waves resulting from the falling ice could wash away parts of the village.
Here the 169 residents of Innaarsuit are relatively used to seeing large icebergs floating by, but weighing around 10 million tonnes, the berg shown is reported to be the largest in memory. With chunks of ice calving from the iceberg, a number of residents were evacuated amid fears of a bigger break up.


INC 2018 - call for papers
19 July 2018

This is the formal announcement as a Call for Papers in respect of INC 2018. It is important to mention that delegates from last year's event, INC2017, referred to it as: "an excellent conference for information exchange and updating knowledge", and "every year opportunities at INC are increasing and it has become a very interesting forum to attend."
Deadline for sumission is July, 27, 2018.


Autonomous deep water survey vessel
18 July 2018

It was announced from Portsmouth on 16 July that ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have successfully delivered a long-endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.
A recent two-week trial in Scotland's Loch Ness was the culmination of the three-year Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl.
The aim of the project was to deliver an integrated system to perform low cost, full water column marine surveys using multiple autonomous systems.


CANSO call for action
13 July 2018

On 13 July CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, announced that it is seeking strong cooperation and a greater sense of urgency to address the forecast air traffic capacity shortages and delays in Europe.
It welcomes and supports the joint call for action from the European Commission and the European Parliament. CANSO and its Members are working hard to improve air traffic management performance in Europe but States need to ensure a pan-European approach with more cross-border cooperation, adequate funding for infrastructure expansion and modernisation, and appropriate performance-based regulation.


IHMA's new President
08 July 2018

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) is delighted to announce that its new President is Captain Allan Gray, Harbour Master, Port of Fremantle, Australia.
Captain Gray had a 20 year career at sea and traded in various vessels including ro-ro, container, bulk carriers and LPG tankers. On coming ashore he was a Vessel Traffic Manager at Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008. Captain Gray was previously the Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia and was later awarded Life Membership.


The first International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) Port Operations Awards
06 July 2018

Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Yoss Leclerc with Dr Terry O'Brien AM (centre) representing OMC International and its role in the application of UKC management at Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Authority, winner of The Safe, Efficient and Secure Port Award
Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Carita Rönnqvist with Captain Andreas Mai (centre), Harbour Master, Port of Bremerhaven and Bremen recognised for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Profession of Harbour Master
Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Naresh Sewnath with Captain Rob Gutteling (centre), representing Port of Rotterdam Harbour Master's Office (centre) Port Operations Photograph of the Year
The photo shows the intentionally big bridge; one navigation position in the front is separated from the specific harbour master tasks that are performed on consoles in the back to improve the safety of working since there is less distraction in navigating

IHMA is delighted that its initiative to introduce awards highlighting the contribution of people and organisations to port operations has met with such a positive response. The first ever IHMA awards were announced at the Association's biennial Congress Dinner held at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization on 27 June 2018.
The Safe, Efficient and Secure Port Award to Pilbara Ports Authority for Under-Keel Clearance Management at Port Hedland in conjunction with IHMA Commercial Member OMC International.
The Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Profession of Harbour Master Award to Captain Andreas Mai, Harbour Master, Port of Bremerhaven and Bremen.
The Port Operations Photograph of the Year Award to the Harbour Master's Office of the Port of Rotterdam for its photo of a hybrid patrol vessel (illustrated).


Galileo makes ready
05 July 2018

Technicians in SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protection Ensemble) suits fill Galileo satellites 22-26 with hydrazine fuel - ©ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - H Rouffre ©Id 396226

Europe's next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July. The European Space Agency (ESA) reported on 3 July that the four satellites were placed in their protective containers to be transported from the S1A processing building to the S3B payload preparation building, where they were filled with the hydrazine fuel that will keep the satellites manoeuvrable during their 12-year working lives.
It is understood that the next step is to fit the quartet onto the dispenser that holds them in place securely during launch and then releases them into space once the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket reaches its 22,922 km altitude target orbit.


13th Arctic Shipping Summit
05 July 2018

ACI's Arctic Shipping Summit is moving to Hamburg, Germany for its 13th gathering in the series and will take on a new look for December 2018, it is reported. ACI are bringing together stakeholders from all parts of the Arctic to discuss their involvement in the ever-changing Northern Shipping Route.
The two day conference will see an assembly of companies and organisations such as coast guards, senior Arctic government officials, shipping companies, LNG projects, lawyers, P&I Clubs, arctic researchers and lecturers and more. This is expected to allow for an interactive and open conference with much networking and discussion.


UK and Irish waters Differential GPS user survey
04 July 2018

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting a survey to gauge current and future user requirements for their Differential GPS service. This was announced at the end of June 2018.
The authorities are now surveying users across a wide variety of sectors to better understand how the Differential GPS service is being used. The Differential GPS service currently provides corrections for GPS (single frequency) only, but the technology is being developed to enable corrections to be provided for all Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), should there be a requirement. The survey results will be used to establish current and future user needs.

It is important for respondents to understand that this is a survey about the Differential GPS service and not GPS/GNSS. You can complete the survey online or download this form for offline completion.


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