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The Institute of Navigation launches its new ION Online Job Board
02 June 2020

Responding to the need for a specialized PNT community job board, the Institute of Navigation has launched a new ION Online Job Board. This was reported by ION from its HQ in Manassas, Virginia on 1 June.
Lisa Beaty, ION Executive Director, commented: 'To meet the burgeoning demand for a targeted talent pool specific to the PNT community, the new ION Online Job Board will help connect qualified job seekers with exciting and diverse employment opportunities for this niche audience, and in turn will help our corporate members continue to build talented teams to better ensure the success of their business.'


CANSO and Metron Aviation new partnership
27 May 2020

It was announced from Amsterdam on 27 May that the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) will provide Metron Aviation's commercial demand prediction tool - Horizon - to global air navigation service providers (ANSPs) on a complimentary basis until the end of October 2020. It is understood that the enhanced information regarding traffic demand the tool provides will be particularly helpful to ensure efficient management of traffic flows as travel restrictions are lifted and air traffic levels restored.
Horizon is a web-based application that provides demand predictions for arriving, departing and en route aircraft based on scheduled, planned and actual data. The system combines flight plan and surveillance feeds to offer strategic, pre-tactical and tactical demand predictions for traffic flying through airspace. It will enhance ANSPs' situational awareness and increase the predictability of airport and airspace usage.


Safety of navigation remains paramount
25 May 2020

Perigee Light Vessel. India West Coast, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Khambhat, 21°41.50'N:72°18.37'E. Anchored in the shallow waters off the Bhavnagar coast in Gujarat - photo: www.dgll.nic.in ©

As the world continues to be in quarantine, provision of aids to navigation are essential services vital for the safety of marine navigation and the continuous flow of trade be it food, fuel and medical supplies, along with the many other commodities and raw materials upon which we all depend daily.
One of IALA's national members, the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) of India has produced a video reassuring the general public of their commitment to keeping their service fully operational and to ensure safety of marine navigation along India's coastline despite the confinement.


Rolls-Royce reorganisation statement
24 May 2020

In response to news in week ending 23 May of job cuts at Rolls-Royce, Andrew Bradley, Chair of the Aerospace Board at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, commented: 'This week Rolls-Royce has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 9000, the vast majority of which will be in its Civil Aerospace division. This is a sad reflection of the hit to the Civil Aviation market by Covid-19. Boeing has estimated that for 2020 worldwide Revenue Passenger Kilometres will reduce by 50% from 2019 levels.'


The 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award
20 May 2020

Jamuna and her fleet
Side-scan operations - photographs www.hydrobharat.gov.in ©

On 18 May the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) reported that the 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award has been presented to Vice-Admiral Vinay Badhwar, National Hydrographer to the Government of India, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and across the wider Indian Ocean region.
As National Hydrographer, Vice-Admiral Badhwar has been a pivotal member of the International Hydrographic Organization's Capacity Building Sub-Committee since its creation. He also leads the Indian Naval Hydrographic Office's own regional Capacity Building programmes, coordinating efforts to help Indian Ocean coastal states to develop their hydrographic and cartographic capabilities - an important step to unlocking each of these states' blue economies.


Seafarers are feeling let down and abandoned by their governments
18 May 2020

Can crew change be accomplished? - photo: Ambrose Greenway ©

IFSMA calls upon Governments to adopt the 'Framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic' without delay to allow ship owners and management companies to change over their dangerously tired crews.
Governments must act now in order to avoid personal injury to, and mental breakdown of, seafarers and avoid the significant risk of accidents and consequential danger to life and the environment.
IFSMA is receiving an increasing number of reports from its ship masters' associations around the world concerned for the welfare and safety of crews and the increased risk with which they are operating in an already high risk environment. Seafarers are feeling let down and abandoned by their Governments.


IMO and protection from infection advice
17 May 2020

Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary General

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that all personnel involved are protected from infection, including those onboard ships and shore personnel who may need to temporarily go on ships or interact with seafarers. This message was emphasised by IMO on 14 May.
IMO has circulated World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on the safe and effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE), to support decisions on use of PPE to minimize the risks of COVID-19 infection for seafarers, marine personnel, fishing vessel personnel, passengers and others on board ships. This guidance also applies to shore personnel intending to go on board (such as pilots, port workers, port State control officers, ships' agents and so forth); and when any of these people interact with each other.
To support decision making and risk assessment, IMO has also circulated practical measures to address COVID-19 risks for all people involved on ships and in ports when they may need to interact with each other,


COVID-19 impact on the European air traffic network
17 May 2020

While over a million flights fewer have operated across the European network compared with 2019 since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Europe, air traffic is now slowly starting to pick up. As the recovery slowly started, on 30 April, the first edition of the NOP 2020 Recovery Plan was published.
The Plan will be issued every Friday, and reviewed by video conference every Monday by operational stakeholders in the Ad hoc Enlarged NDOP Recovery Cell, a body that brings Europe's Network ANSPs, airports, airlines and military Directors of Operations together to enhance performance and tackle issues on a network basis.


US Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force passes key milestones
16 May 2020

A P-8A Poseidon on patrol over the Atlantic, March, 2020 - US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Juan Sua / Released USN ©

The second week of May marked a number of noteworthy milestones for US Naval Aviation and the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF).
Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 completed a Safe-For-Flight evaluation on 14 May for acceptance of their first P-8A Poseidon, the culminating event of a six-month transition from the P-3C Orion. VP-40 represents the twelfth and final active component VP squadron to transition from the P-3C Orion to the state-of-the-art P-8A Poseidon platform, a process that began eight years ago with VP-16 aboard NAS Jacksonville.
The last P-3C to return from that deployment now resides at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The museum and MPRF leadership are in the planning stages of a formal ceremony and display.


The Navigation Flashlight
12 May 2020

From our Austrian member institute, the Österreichischer Verein für Navigation, we have received word of the latest issue of their regular publication, The Navigation Flashlight. It is published three times a year, currently in its twentieth year of publication and it is in German.


USN and RN elements in the Barents Sea
09 May 2020

HMS Kent, front, and USS Donald Cook conducting joint operations to ensure maritime security in the Arctic Ocean - US Navy photo courtesy of the Royal Navy By Dan Rosenbaum; MoD Crown Copyright 2020 ©
USS Donald Cook conducting a replenishment at sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Supply - US Navy photo Yeoman 3rd Class Anthony Nichols/ Released USN ©

On 8 May US Naval Forces Europe-Africa / US Sixth Fleet Public Affairs reported that US guided-missile destroyers and a British frigate had departed the Barents Sea that day following seven days of Arctic operations.
As the Arctic continues to become more accessible to maritime traffic, naval proficiency in the region is critical to regional security, global commerce, and American national interests. The SAG's operations provided the opportunity for Sailors to demonstrate their readiness for sustained Arctic operations in the unique and challenging environment.


Shutdown of AMSA's differential global positioning system (DGPS) service
05 May 2020

This was announced by AMSA from Canberra on 5 May.
AMSA established its radiobeacon DGPS service in the 1990s, to improve the accuracy and integrity of GPS information for ships navigating off the coast of Australia. At the time, the publicly available GPS signal was intentionally degraded, resulting in large position errors of up to 200 metres. Augmentation was necessary to correct for these errors and meet minimum requirements for maritime positioning and navigation.
In the year 2000, the intentional error in GPS positioning was removed. Since then system technology has improved and the GPS constellation has been modernised. Observed positional accuracy for unaugmented GPS now consistently meets IMO requirements for accuracy in harbour and harbour-approach navigation.


Annual meeting of the IAIN Officers' Committee
04 May 2020

In accordance with Article 7 of the Association's Constitution, a meeting of the committee of Officers will take place virtually, by teleconference on 11 May 2020. This is instead of the meeting planned to take place during the European Navigation Conference 2020 in Dresden on the same date.


An invitation to GSC'20
04 May 2020

You are cordially invited to participate in GSC'20 - the annual meeting of graduate students in the field of Control and Systems Theory.
The event is organized by Professor A Khina and Professor M Margaliot from the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, and will be held on-line on 4 May, 2020.


A blast for the world's seafarers
29 April 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) are calling upon ship captains across the world to sound their ships' whistles when in port at 1200 local time on International Workers' Day, 1 May 2020, recognised in many countries around the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of workers.
The initiative is especially seen in support of the ICS-ITF campaign to facilitate crew changes. It follows the 'Horns of Hope' solidarity campaign initiated by Abu Dhabi Ports, which calls upon ports worldwide to allow ships in port to sound their horns every day at 1830 local time, in support of all critical workers, including port workers and seafarers.


Cyber security: a CIRM request
29 April 2020

The organisation reported at the end of April that it seeks feedback on two Cyber Security documents which they published in February 2020:
- CIRM Cyber Risk Code of Practice for Vendors of Marine Electronic Equipment and Services
- CIRM Guideline GL-002 - Implementing the CIRM Cyber Risk Code of Practice
The Code of Practice consists of six guiding principles for vendors of marine electronic equipment and services to establish their role in providing a secure digital maritime environment. The Guideline GL-002 provides advice on implementing the Code of Practice.


Rescheduled and renamed IEEE/ION PLANSx 2020
24 April 2020

It was announced from HQ in Manassas Virginia, on 23 April that the IEEE/ION PLANS 2020, originally scheduled to take place in April, has been rescheduled and renamed IEEE/ION PLANSx 2020 for later in the year. IEEE/ION PLANSx 2020 is an outgrowth of the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium 2020 and will be hosted by ION GNSS+ 2020 from 23 to 25 September 2020 at the St Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.
IEEE/ION PLANS is the biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of even numbered years where mission is to provide a forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology.


The ION Johannes Kepler Award 2020
19 April 2020

The (US) Institute of Navigation, the ION, has announced that nominations may be submitted for the Johannes Kepler Award 2020. The award is sponsored by the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation to honour an individual for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation during their lifetime.
Nominations must be received by 30 June 2020. Submissions received after the closing date will not be considered.


ION GNSS+ 2020 advance conference programme
19 April 2020

The (US) Institute of Navigation informs that registration is now open for ION GNSS+ 2020 with the theme GNSS + Other Sensors in Today's Marketplace. This is the 33rd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation and the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products, and services. ION GNSS+ 2020 will take place from 21 to 25 September at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring Commercial and Policy tracks and Research tracks with over 36 technical sessions over 23 to 25 September plus a commercial exhibit. In addition, on 21 and 22 September ION GNSS+ 2020 will offer short courses on pre-conference tutorials to provide in-depth learning of specific GNSS-related disciplines and will again facilitate the CGSIC meeting.


Just how easy is it to hack a yacht?
16 April 2020

Just how easy is it to hack a yacht these days, which systems are most vulnerable to attack and what can be done to help prevent the risks of it happening to your yacht? Readers may gain an understanding of what signs to look out for and which systems should be secured.
Campbell Murray will be speaking to Richard Hodder about a live hacking demonstration on a super yacht in 2017 - how easy was it then and how have things changed since.


EUROCONTROL and CANSO latest
14 April 2020

On 7 April the EUROCONTROL Member States announced agreement on a financial package enabling airlines to defer the payment of up to €1.1 billion of air traffic control fees due for payment to Europe's air traffic management industry in the coming months.
As a result of COVID-19, the number of flights operating daily in European airspace has declined by 90%. This dramatic reduction in operations is likely to continue for a number of weeks to come and therefore the airline industry had sought the support of EUROCONTROL Member States to help it deal with its sudden and significant cash flow crisis.

EUROCONTROL Member States agreed to help airlines operating in Europe by deferring their payments of air traffic control fees worth €1.13 billion for periods between seven and thirteen months. While this provides relief for one branch of the aviation industry, it clearly shifts the burden to ANSPs, who will find it difficult to maintain financial stability without further support.
CANSO therefore supports the related proposal adopted yesterday (13 April) which enables EUROCONTROL to apply for funding which guarantees a minimum level of financing for European ANSPs until September.


ION JNC conference rescheduled
10 April 2020

In the US the Institute of Navigation (ION) announces that the ION Joint Navigation Conference 2020 has been rescheduled to 8-11 September, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
The US-only For Official Use Only (FOUO) sessions will be hosted at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky (right across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio), and the US-only secret sessions will be hosted at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio. The rescheduled conference will host the original program, as previously scheduled in June.


CANSO and Aireon announce data-driven partnership to understand COVID-19 impact on aviation industry
09 April 2020

It was announced from Amsterdam on 8 April that the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and Aireon are to deliver an initiative to produce data-driven insights and analysis to better understand how COVID-19 is impacting a broad range of stakeholders within the aviation industry. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the pandemic is impacting the air traffic management (ATM) and the flow of essential goods and services.
This partnership comes at a time when the aviation industry faces a crisis unlike any throughout its history. Starting in March 2020 the aviation industry saw the erosion of traffic from a daily average of approximately 100,000 flights to just 32,000 flights on 4 April. Daily flight hours have fallen 78% from typical global averages captured in January 2020.


Air traffic management industry is committed to keeping skies open
04 April 2020

The air traffic management (ATM) industry is committed to offering critical air navigation services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes enabling the safe passage of vital repatriation and cargo flights through global airspace and delivery of medical support worldwide. This was reported in a communiqué from the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation.
While air traffic has reduced significantly in recent weeks due to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the ATM industry is continuing to ensure air navigation services are available in all regions across the world.


The Korean Maritime Institute International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
02 April 2020

The KMI International Journal of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is an international journal published biannually in June and December. The journal aims to share theories, managements, and practices at international, national and local levels with researchers, policy makers, managers and other stakeholders, and thereby to advance ocean and coastal policy regimes at all levels.
Submission to the journal proceeds online, authors will be informed step-by-step from submission to review notification. Guidelines for authors are available for download.


World Radiocommunication Conference report
31 March 2020

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) met in Sharm el-Sheikh and worked on the basis of the agenda approved by the Council. It adopted a revision of the Radio Regulations and Appendices thereto, as contained in these Final Acts.
In accordance with its agenda, the Conference also took other decisions that it considered necessary or appropriate, including the review and revision of existing Resolutions and Recommendations and the adoption of various new Resolutions as contained in these Final Acts.
The Final Acts WRC-19 constitute a record of the decisions taken at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) that comprises both the new and revised provisions of the Radio Regulations, including all Appendices, and the new and revised Resolutions and Recommendations approved by the Conference.


GSC '20
30 March 2020

Please find the updated call for presentations for GSC'20 here, where graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results.
These meetings provide an opportunity for the graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry, as well as get acquainted with the work of their peers.
Please save the date of 4 May 2020 for this exciting annual event, that for the first time will be held online - information to follow.


Gyroscopy and Navigation
26 March 2020

IAIN Associate Member, the International Public Association "Academy of Navigation and Motion Control" informs us that the latest issue of the Gyroscopy and Navigation journal is now available.
Gyroscopy and Navigation is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal published by the Academy of Navigation and Motion Control and the State Research Center of the Russian Federation Concern CSRI Elektropribor, JSC, in cooperation with Pleiades Publishing, Ltd, since 2010. It is available in printed form (ISSN 2075-1087) and online (ISSN 2075-1109) versions.


Trinity House monitors impact of COVID-19
25 March 2020

Trinity House has been closely monitoring the developments of the impact of COVID-19 and has followed advice provided by HM Government.
With regard to its function as the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, the Trinity House priority is to keep staff safe while delivering its statutory functions.


Opening up the Northern Sea Route - Fast L-Band satellite network speed
23 March 2020

Passage through northern shipping routes and Arctic waters has received a boost following the doubling of the connectivity speed of the Iridium Certus™ network. This was reported by maritime communications specialist IEC Telecom from Norway on 23 March.
As the shortest sea route between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the Northern Sea Route holds immense potential to compete with conventional trade passages. There has been a significant increase in maritime traffic across the main transport corridors in the Arctic, Northern Sea Route in the Russian Federation, the Northwest Passage in Canada as well as the Arctic Bridge from Canada to Europe. It has been reported that in the Canadian Arctic, traffic tripled between 1990 and 2015. Moreover, cargo volume in the Northern Sea Route increased by 40% between 2016 and 2017.


IMO Secretary General CoViD-19 briefing
20 March 2020

In an address on 20 March IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim stressed the vital need to maintain commerce by sea and protect seafarers' welfare in the face of the coronavirus shut down.
'It is, therefore, crucially important that the flow of commerce by sea should not be unnecessarily disrupted. At the same time, the safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment must also remain paramount.'


The 14th IALA Symposium is postponed
18 March 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and IALA regrettably announce that the 14th IALA Symposium and all activities planned for 24-29 May 2020 will unfortunately have to be postponed.


IFAN calls on owners to pay their way on navigation dues
15 March 2020

Installation and maintenance by MENAS
The MENAS service craft Relume

The board of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) has met in London and highlighted the issue of non-payment of navigational dues as critical to the ongoing modernisation and provision of aids to navigation in the Gulf region.
The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS, a subsidiary of IFAN) has been providing these services since 1911 as no state owns the aids to navigation in the joint waters of the Gulf. This service is funded exclusively by payment of navigation dues, and the sustainability of the existing service, on which the shipping industry depends, is totally dependent on receipt of these dues.


IEEE/ION PLANS 2020 cancelled
13 March 2020

After careful consideration, the (US) Institute of Navigation has announcing that the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) scheduled to take place from 20 to 23 April in Portland, Oregon has been cancelled.
The Institute's decision to cancel this meeting was based on:
- The World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.
- The US government has restricted travel into the U.S. from Asia and Europe (United Kingdom excluded).
- The Governor of Oregon has called for all gatherings of over 250 people to be cancelled for the next four weeks.


Coronavirus: nitrogen dioxide emissions drop over Italy
13 March 2020

See video extract here.
New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal the decline of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions, over Italy. This reduction is particularly visible in northern Italy which coincides with its nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The animation shows the fluctuation of nitrogen dioxide emissions across Europe from 1 January 2020 until 11 March 2020, using a 10-day moving average. These data are thanks to the Tropomi instrument on board the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite which maps a multitude of air pollutants around the globe.


EASA issues safety directive to combat spread of COVID-19 via airline travel
13 March 2020

It was announced from Cologne on 13 March that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a safety directive to reduce the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus through flights to and from high risk areas. This is the first EU-wide operational measure to control the spread of COVID- 19 in Europe.
The safety directive specifies measures to be taken for flights serving high-risk destinations. It mandates thorough disinfecting and cleaning of aircraft which operate from high-risk destinations after each flight. Exceptions can be made only when disinfectants with a longer-lasting effect are used - but even in those cases a thorough disinfection is mandated no later than 24 hours after departure from a high-risk airport.


CANSO statement on global impact of COVID-19 on aviation
12 March 2020

From Amsterdam on 12 March the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) issued a statement as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to cause serious public health concerns, the significant drop in travel demand it has triggered is impacting all regions and all those whose job it is to ensure safe and efficient global connectivity by air.
During this challenging time, CANSO is committed to working with the industry to deliver seamless service.
In the words of Simon Hocquard, CANSO Director General: 'The air traffic management industry that CANSO represents plays a vital role in the aviation system and has always been committed to public safety as our first priority.'


NP136 Ocean Passages for the World
10 March 2020

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are planning a new edition of ADMIRALTY Ocean Passages for the World (NP136).
First published in 1895, this publication is designed to support mariners in the planning of deep sea voyages along major trade routes, with details of weather, currents, ice hazards and other environmental features that may be encountered in transit.
Ocean Passages for the World (NP136) supports the planning of deep-sea voyages on most major routes, with details of weather, currents, ice hazards and distances between major ports.
Members of IAIN are encouraged to complete this latest survey as soon as possible to ensure that small craft users and others do not lose the sailing route information used for ocean passage planning purposes that was formerly included. The survey, which is being run by the UKHO, should only take about five minutes to complete and can be found here.


IHMA Congress Hobart rescheduled to 5-8 October 2020
09 March 2020

At IHMA the staff of the secretariat have been keeping abreast of updates from the WHO and national and local authorities. They have taken into consideration all available information, weighed all possible options and have come to the difficult decision to reschedule the IHMA Congress which was due to take place in Hobart on 23-26 March 2020.
The 2020 Congress will now be held in Hobart at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on 5-8 October 2020.
It is reported that current speakers, many of whom have already prepared their papers and presentations, will be able to attend the Congress on the rescheduled dates in October.


Easy access rules for unmanned aircraft systems published
07 March 2020

On 4 March EASA (the European Union Aviation Safety Agency) reported publication of the applicable rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft. These are displayed in a consolidated, easy-to-read format with advanced navigation features through links and bookmarks.


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