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ION complimentary webinar
15 June 2021

Join the ION on Monday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. EDT for a complimentary webinar featuring Factor Graph Optimization for GNSS/INS Integration: A Comparison with the Extended Kalman Filter by Weisong Wen, Tim Pfeifer, Xiwei Bai and Li-Ta Hsu.
Factor Graph Optimization for GNSS/INS Integration: A Comparison with the Extended Kalman Filter was published in the Summer 2021 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 68, No. 2, pp. 315-331.
Factor graph optimization (FGO) recently has attracted attention as an alternative to the extended Kalman filter (EKF) for GNSS-INS integration.

The NOTAM system: A global campaign for improvement
09 June 2021

News has been received in recent weeks that the International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) has drawn the attention of its members to the history behind the NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) system which is nearly as long as commercial aviation itself.
In a message to Members the Federation indicated that the burden of this history is clear in pilots' daily pre-flight information bulletins. There have been numerous efforts through the years to improve the system, but none have been successful. This year will be different. IFALPA is an active contributor to ICAO's Information Management Panel and the work of the Panel and its sub-groups will now bring the first concrete step of improvement to the NOTAM system, it is reported.
The first target of the process is quantity. There is a need to reduce the amount of valid NOTAMs. Globally, the volume of NOTAMs published has increased from 250k in 2000 to 1.7 million in 2020. One of the main issues is that too many of these NOTAMs remain published past their recommended duration of 90 days. Roughly 20% of all active NOTAMs in 2020 were older than 90 days.

The 2022 Israel Navigation Conference and Exhibition
06 June 2021

This Navigation Workshop is a biennial event organized and sponsored by the Israel Association for Automatic Control (IAAC). The IAAC is a non-profit organisation bringing together a large number of members from academe and industry interested in the broad areas of Control and System Theory.
Following the huge success of previous events, IAAC is now starting to organise the 2022 edition, scheduled for 31 January next, at the Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel. This workshop is a one day event dedicated to technical talks that range from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results.
Topics of interest include positioning, navigation, and timing in all their variations, sensors, systems, optimal integration of multiple sensors, and novel or emerging technologies in the field of navigation.

The Navigator: Summer 2021 issue
03 June 2021

Effective use of navigational 'layers' to support and enhance decision-making and ways of getting the best out of modern Integrated Navigational Systems combine to become the focus of the latest edition of The Navigator, the free magazine published by The Nautical Institute aimed at maritime navigators around the world, which rolls off the presses this month.
The issue contains an in-depth feature about using ECDIS and radar alone and as part of a wider Integrated Navigation System, as well as a close look at Parallel Indexing and Line of Positions as key position fixing techniques. The UK P&I Club contributes an article on the importance of synchronising layers of navigational information, while the Royal Institute of Navigation looks into the future of electronic intelligence, navigational layering and data display.

Great Britain's national flagship proposal
30 May 2021

The Office of the Prime Minister, No 10, announced on 30 May that a proposed national flagship will showcase advanced British design, engineering and green technology while boosting trade and driving investment.
It was reported that the ship will be the first of its kind constructed in the UK, creating jobs and reinvigorating the shipbuilding industry.
Once built, the flagship will host trade events and promote UK interests around the world. British businesses will be given a new global platform to promote their products through a new national flagship announced by the Prime Minister on 30 May.
The ship will be the first national flagship since 1997 when the HMY Britannia (pictured) was decommissioned.

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners - New Master 2021-2022
29 May 2021

Illustration per HCNN ©

Les is currently Chairman of Margaret Black Ltd and for the past 13 years has been a volunteer Director at the London Shipping Law Centre. He is also a Trustee of George Green's School Trust Funds on behalf of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM).
Les joined the Honourable Company in 2001 and became a Liveryman in 2014. He was elected to the Court of Assistants in 2013 and 2016 and elected as Warden in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and Chair of the South East Regional Grants Committee, Trustee of the Hill Trust and Greenwich Sea Cadets, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Past Chairman of London Branch of the Nautical Institute and Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management.

IAAC Control Conference
27 May 2021

'Except for the Graduate Students in Control seminar days (GSC'20 and GSC'21), the Israeli Association for Automatic Control refrained from organizing workshops during the corona year, since it was felt that the zoom or hybrid formats were not suitable. Now, when the Ministry of Health allows larger gathering, we are happy to announce our intention to organize a one-day IAAC Control Conference, to be held at the end of June 2021, or the beginning of July, at the Technion, Haifa.'
'The conference is planned as a one-track event, with 20-minutes presentations. We invite all academic, and all industrially active researchers and developers in all areas of automatic control / navigation, except students eligible for taking part in GSC events, to present their corona year work.'

ESA employment opportunity
23 May 2021


The European Space Agency is currently looking for a new Director of Commercialisation, Industry & Procurement, to join its executive board and support the Director General, with responsibility for relevant ESA activities and overall objectives.
The Director of Commercialisation, Industry & Procurement is responsible for elaborating and implementing ESA's industrial policy, representing the Director General in all relations with industry, elaborating and implementing the Agency's procurement rules and policies, and conducting negotiations and managing procurement for all activities and programmes.
The Director will also support the industrialisation and the commercialisation of space products and services, the scale-up on global markets, as well as access to investments and finance for European space industry.

United States Coast Guard at work
22 May 2021

USCGC Willow prepares to enter the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico 8 May, 2021 - USCG Photo USCG District 7 PADET San Juan ©
USCGC Willow - USCG Photo USCG District 7 PADET San Juan ©

News was received from the US Coast Guard 7th District (Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) HQ in San Juan that USCGC Willow completed a twelve- day mission on 19 May servicing 23 critical aids to navigation (AToN) across eight maritime ports in Puerto Rico. The crew of the cutter Willow serviced AToN in the ports of San Juan, Mayaguez, Tallaboa, Ponce, Guanica, Ceiba, Culebra and in the southwest pass of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
As the only heavy lift asset within the Coast Guard's Seventh District, cutter Willow is primarily responsible for the continuous operation of 245 fixed and floating aids to navigation spanning from the US Virgin Islands to South Carolina, and relies on a crew of 48 personnel to complete this and other Coast Guard missions.

EUSPA: Starting strong
19 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, was launched on 12 May marking the start of a new era for EU Space.
Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.
Adoption of the Regulation establishing the new EU Space Programme on 27 April marks a new beginning for the EU Space Programme and for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which has now officially evolved into EUSPA, with an expanded mandate and new responsibilities.
Under the new Space Regulation, EUSPA's mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security. Furthermore, the Agency's new remit includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities.

Maritime charities extend retraining funding to year end
15 May 2021

In the UK the Maritime Charities Group (MCG), Trinity House, Nautilus Slater Fund and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board have announced the extension of the MCG Retraining and Redundancy Bursary Fund until the end of this year.
This fund, which is administered by The Marine Society on behalf of MCG, provides extra cash for training and refresher courses and is aimed at merchant seafarers who've lost work due to Covid-19 and want to stay in the industry. Forty-eight applications have been approved since the fund was launched last November and over £20,000 awarded in grants and it is understood that another £20,000 remains available.
Chair of MCG, Commander Graham Hockley (pictured) explained: 'The fund was due to close at the beginning of May but with furlough coming to an end in September and many jobs under threat, the need for this kind of support hasn't gone away. With no government funding available for seafarer retraining, it makes sense to extend the scheme.'

Trinity House to replace Channel Lightvessel with Type 1 buoy
12 May 2021

Trinity House announced on 12 May that it will replace the Channel Lightvessel with one of its largest Safe Water Mark buoys, now that the lightvessel position has successfully established a marine traffic pattern in the area. The operation to deploy a replacement buoy is set to take place in mid-August.
Following the grounding of the Amoco Cadiz in 1978, the IMO adopted the Off Casquets Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in 1979; Trinity House established the Channel Lightvessel so as to clearly define the new TSS to all mariners at a time when such schemes were a relatively new maritime feature.
It has been determined that as the lightvessel does not marks any physical hazards to navigation, it could be removed now that the marine traffic patterns in the area are well established. Recognising that the Channel Lightvessel has become a prominent physical mark, Trinity House has decided to replace the lightvessel with one of its largest Safe Water Mark buoys in order to enable position verification in the area.

The 8th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue
02 May 2021

Illustration © www.imo.org

The eighth NCSR session was held from 19 to 23 April, 2021.
On 28 April IMO kindly provided a briefing in which we learn that the Sub-Committee addressed all aspects of safety of navigation, reliable communications and improved coordination to avoid maritime accidents; and ensuring a quick and efficient response in case of a search and rescue incident.

2021 World Day for Safety and Health at Work
28 April 2021

IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim

Statement by IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim
'Today, on 28 April, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This has always been an important day for the maritime sector and for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is responsible for the safety and security of shipping. This day is particularly significant in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
While everyone around the world has been impacted by the pandemic to some extent, this crisis has taken a particularly hard toll on seafarers, who have continued to operate as key workers in the global supply chain. On any given day, one million seafarers are working on some 60,000 large cargo vessels worldwide to ensure the flow of international trade. Much of IMO's important work centres on keeping these seafarers, and the ships they operate, safe and secure.'

28 April 2021

With regard to the above Moshe Idan, IAAC President, writes:
'You are cordially invited to participate in the annual meeting of graduate students in the field of Control and Systems Theory.
The event is organized by Professor Rafi Linker from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion, and will be held in-person and online on 3 May 2021.'

Boskalis receives conditional award major dike reinforcement project in The Netherlands
27 April 2021

The 'Meanderende Maas' project

It was reported from Papendrecht, The Netherlands, on 26 April that Boskalis has received the conditional contract award for a major dike reinforcement, river widening and area development in the Netherlands, namely the project Meanderende Maas.
This project is part of the national Flood Protection Program in which the government and regional Water Boards work together to protect the Netherlands against flooding. Based on current estimates, the value of this two-phase contract for Boskalis amounts to approximately €160 million.
Between the towns of Ravenstein and Lith, Boskalis will reinforce the primary flood defence over a distance of 26 kilometres on behalf of the Aa and Maas Water Board and the cooperating parties in the project.
This dike protects the hinterland against high water from the Meuse river as a result of heavy rainfall and meltwater from the Meuse basin.

MENAS launches accredited training courses
27 April 2021

Mahdi Al Mosawi, MENAS General Manager

Bahrain-based Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) has underlined its commitment to boosting safe navigation in the Middle East Gulf by launching an Accredited Training Course (ATO) in partnership with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
The ATO accreditation was awarded after a rigorous process undertaken by Trinity House London under an existing agreement between IALA and Trinity House for training audits.
Mahdi Al Mosawi, General Manager for MENAS, stressed: 'We are delighted to have developed a course to help provide a universal approach to ensure thorough training and standards are maintained globally.'

IATA and EU - US travel
26 April 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is encouraged by the comments of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, that the EU will grant unrestricted access to vaccinated travellers from the US.
Willie Walsh, IATA's Director General commented: 'The IATA Travel Pass can help industry and governments manage and verify vaccination status, as it does with testing certificates. But we are still awaiting the development of globally recognized standards for digital vaccine certificates.
As a first step, it is vital that the EU accelerates adoption of the European Green Certificate. President von der Leyen's comments should add urgency to this work.'

The Navigation Flashlight 2021-1
26 April 2021

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 twenty first year of publication and it is in German.

IMO introduces National Maritime Transport Policies
25 April 2021

Illustration IMO ©

IMO is continuing to introduce countries to the concept of National Maritime Transport Policies (NMTPs).
Officials from ten countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) took part in the 4th Advanced Maritime Leaders' Programme held remotely on 20 April.
IMO and World Maritime University experts covered the development, formulation and content of an NMTP. The objective is to achieve the maritime vision of a country and ensure the sector is governed in an efficient, sustainable, safe and environmentally-sound manner.
Find out more about the NMPT concept by via this video animation.

EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for ten years
21 April 2021

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Safety of Life (SoL) Service is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since it was declared operational in March 2011, the EGNOS SoL Service has been supporting civil aviation operations down to LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance) minima at airports across Europe.
The EGNOS SoL Service consists of timing and positioning signals intended for most transport applications in domains where lives could be endangered if the performance of the navigation system is degraded below specific accuracy limits. The SoL service is based on integrity data provided through the EGNOS satellite signals. With over 700 EGNOS-based procedures at 367 airports and helipads, the system increases safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators and pilots approaching airport and helipads in Europe. Accessible airports equal more commercial opportunities for airlines and new flight routes at a regional and international level, with minimum costs for ground infrastructure and its maintenance.

ION GNSS 2021 keynote addresses
21 April 2021

We have been informed that the Keynote Plenary Session will feature two keynote addresses:
Towards a Smart Digital Reality: Building a Sustainable Future, presented by Dr. Burkhard Boeckem and
Artemis - Return to the Moon, presented by Steven Clarke of NASA

Unable to attend in person?
ION GNSS+ 2021 will include a virtual option for those who are unable to travel. Virtual Registration offers access to all on-demand conference content, live streams of select sessions, proceedings, as well as recordings of the sessions that were live streamed during the conference. ION GNSS+ Virtual Registration includes virtual contact with ION GNSS+ exhibitors and CGSIC's technical program.

Kepler and Parkinson Award nominations now being accepted
Nominations are now being accepted for Institute of Navigation Satellite Division's prestigious Johannes Kepler Award - the annual award honoring an individual during their lifetime for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation and the Bradford W. Parkinson Award - the award recognizing an outstanding graduate student in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG KT GCVO GBE - 1921-2021
10 April 2021

HMS Diamond firing her Saluting Gun as part of a 41 Gun salute to mark the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip - illustration MoD Crown copyright 2021 ©

On 9 April UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace paid tribute: 'I join the Prime Minister in paying tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at the time of his death. A constant supporter and ambassador of the Armed Forces throughout his lifetime, he will be very much missed by members of the military community.
All sailors, soldiers, marines and aircrew are inspired by the example set by their predecessors. The Duke of Edinburgh and his generation will forever be treasured by the Armed Forces for their leadership and sacrifice during the Second World War.
As we mourn The Duke of Edinburgh and offer our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, we will remember all that His Royal Highness contributed towards the Armed Forces and be forever grateful for his service.'

IAAC Annual Graduate Students' Workshops
10 April 2021

From the Israeli Association for Automation Control (IAAC) comes an invitation to the annual graduate students' workshops.
Graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results.
These meetings provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from the industry, as well as to get acquainted with the work of their peers.

Webinar: Maintaining competency and training during recovery
10 April 2021

Restricted access to training facilities combined with possible spikes in traffic levels, and the replacement of ICAO's COVID-19 Contingency Related Differences (CCRD) by a Targeted Exemptions System from 1 April give rise to many challenges related to training operational staff.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, airlines and ANSPs have been working to address challenges related to training, and drive solutions to ensure competency of operational personnel. Join us for the second episode to gain insights from industry experts on the respective measures airlines and ANSPs are taking as well as best practices that can be implemented during the recovery phase.

Dr Alice Bunn - Institution of Mechanical Engineers' new Chief Executive
08 April 2021

On 7 April the Institution of Mechanical Engineers announced the appointment of Dr Alice Bunn as its new Chief Executive. She will take up the role in July following the retirement of Dr Colin Brown.
Since 2018 Alice has been International Director at the UK Space Agency, responsible for increasing the UK's global influence in science, security and trade through space.
Alice is also head of the UK delegation to the European Space Agency; sits on the Board of Directors at the US Space Foundation and on the World Economic Forum Future Council on space technology.

406 Day: celebrating Galileo saving lives
06 April 2021

Stranded sailors in liferaft use an emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) to call for help - © GSA

Today is 406 Day - the annual campaigning day to spread awareness of the importance of emergency beacons, and the satellites that pick up their signals, including Europe's Galileo constellation. As well as letting people across the world find their way, Galileo also serves to detect SOS messages and relay them to authorities, contributing to saving many lives.

RAAF at 100
03 April 2021

Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2021 ©

During an event at the Runnymede Memorial the Chief of the Air Staff joined Her Majesty the Queen on 31 March in commemorating 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force.
Runnymede Memorial or the Air Forces Memorial, as it is sometimes known, commemorates the 20,456 men and women from Britain and the Dominions, who lost their lives in WWII and have no known grave. It is positioned on Cooper's Hill, Surrey overlooking the River Thames and Runnymede Meadow, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215.

Container vessel Ever Given successfully refloated
29 March 2021

photo © westminster.boskalis.com

Boskalis announced from Papendrecht, The Netherlands, on 29 March the successful salvage operation of the grounded 20,000 TEU container vessel Ever Given in the Suez Canal. With a length of 400 metres and a width of nearly 60 metres this giant ship had been wedged in this vital shipping route since 23 March blocking all shipping traffic ever since.
For refloating of the 224,000-ton container vessel approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand were dredged to help free the vessel and a total of eleven harbour tugs and two powerful seagoing tugs (Alp Guard and Carlo Magna) were deployed. The vessel has now been towed to a location outside the channel for further inspection.

Prioritized vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers - ICAO joins UN call
27 March 2021

In an announcement from Montréal, on 26 March ICAO joined four other UN agencies in calling on countries to prioritize Covid-19 vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers.
In addition to ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu, the special Joint Statement was signed by the heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Liu declared: 'The implementation of the current WHO recommendations are of primordial importance to the continued and optimal operation of the international civil aviation network, and therefore to the transport worldwide of essential shipments and workers.'

mv Ever Given incident
26 March 2021

Photo: Suez Canal Authortity ©

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has issued a statement about the incident involving the mv Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal on 23 March 2021.
The IMO has been closely monitoring the incident involving Ever Given. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: 'I offer my encouragement to the Egyptian Authorities, as well as the salvors, tug and dredger operators and all other parties, who are working tirelessly to safely re-float the ship and resume transit through one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes as soon as possible. I appreciate the efforts of every individual involved.'

GNSS Software Defined Radio metadata standard published
18 March 2021

From its HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 17 March the US ION announced that the GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard document has been published in NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation's Spring 2021 issue, Volume 68, No. 1, pp. 11-20. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Software Defined Radio Sample Data Metadata Standard is the product of a three-year long effort and defines parameters and schema to express the contents of SDR sample data files. The standard promotes the interoperability of GNSS SDR data collection systems and processors.
In the past several years there has been a proliferation of software?defined radio (SDR) data collection systems and processing platforms designed for or applicable to satellite navigation (satnav) applications. These systems necessarily produce datasets in a wide range of different formats. To correctly interpret this SDR data, essential information such as the packed sample format and sampling rate is needed.
Communicating this metadata between creators and users has historically been an ad?hoc, cumbersome, and error?prone process. To address this issue, the satnav SDR community developed a metadata standard and normative software library to automate this process, thus simplifying the exchange of datasets and promoting the interoperability of satnav SDR systems. The standard was ratified and formally accepted as an Institute of Navigation Standard in January 2020.

UK Consultation into Polar Code begins
18 March 2021

James Hartley-Binns

Consultation on putting international rules designed to protect the polar regions and those that sail on them into UK law was put in train on 16 March.
The rules cover safety-related requirements for some of the toughest environments on earth including ship design, construction, and equipment as well as the protection of the unique eco-systems of the polar regions. Known as the Polar Code, it is the international standard for shipping in those regions, has been developed by IMO with substantial input from the UK.
Operators should already be working to it, but the UK wants to have it in law here as part of its ongoing commitment to cleaner seas and protection of the environment.
James Hartley-Binns, Ship Standards Policy Lead with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency commented: 'The Polar Code is designed to protect some of the most fragile ecological places on earth as well as protecting seafarers and passengers in harsh environments.'

Galileo will help Lunar Pathfinder navigate around Moon
18 March 2021

picture © Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

ESA's Lunar Pathfinder mission to the Moon will carry an advanced satellite navigation receiver, in order to perform the first ever satnav positioning fix in lunar orbit. This experimental payload marks a preliminary step in an ambitious ESA plan to expand reliable satnav coverage - as well as communication links - to explorers around and ultimately on the Moon during this decade.

Ten years of safer skies with EGNOS
17 March 2021

picture © GSA

With 26 satellites in orbit and more than two billion receivers in use, Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system has made a massive impact. But our continent has another satnav system that has been providing safety-of-life services for ten years now - chances are that you've benefited from it without noticing.
Its name is EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. Transmitting signals from a duo of satellite transponders in geostationary orbit, EGNOS gives additional precision to US GPS signals - delivering an average precision of 1.5 metres over European territory, a tenfold improvement over un-augmented signals in the worst-case - and also confirmation of their 'integrity' - or reliability - through additional messaging identifying any residual errors.
While its Open Service has been in general operation since 2009, EGNOS began its EU-guaranteed safety-of-life service in March 2011.

ION Joint Navigation Conference 2021 registration
11 March 2021

On 10 March from its HQ in Manassas, Virginia, the (US) Institute of Navigation (ION) announced that registration for the Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) was open.
The JNC, sponsored by the Military Division of the Institute of Navigation, will be held from 24 to 26 August (FEDCON US ONLY) at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky (Greater Cincinnati, Ohio); and the Classified Sessions (Secret US ONLY) will be held on 27 August, at The Air Force Institute of Technology on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

First-ever authenticated positioning fix
10 March 2021

photo © ESA

In a first for any satellite navigation system, Galileo has achieved a positioning fix based on open-service navigation signals carrying authenticated data. Intended as a way to combat malicious 'spoofing' of satnav signals, this authentication testing began at ESA's Navigation Laboratory - the same site where the very first Galileo positioning fix took place back in 2013.

ION webinar on Mars Rover navigation from Earth to Jezero Crater
03 March 2021

It was announced from Manassas Virginia, on 2 March that The Institute of Navigation will host the Navigation of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover from Earth to Jezero Crater webinar on 23 March at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be presented by Gerhard Kruizinga, Navigation Engineer, Mars 2020 Navigation Team Chief, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and moderated by Dr. Frank van Diggelen, ION President.
'We are honored to have the Navigation Team Chief of this historic mission, Gerhard Kruizinga, present his first-hand account of getting NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover from the launch pad to a safe landing on Mars' said Dr. van Diggelen, ION President.

IHMA announces new Regional Committee for Africa
01 March 2021

From left to right: Mohamed Maghazi, President AHMC; Mohamed Ouanaya, President, Chief Executive Officer, SGPTV; Yoss Leclerc, President IHMA and Kamal Din Aamraoui, Chief Operating Officer, SGPTV

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) is proud to endorse the establishment of its African Harbour Masters' Committee, the second such committee to be created under the Association's Constitution which allows a region of IHMA to be formed in an area of the world, the boundary of which is defined by named countries. IHMA's Executive Committee unanimously supported the proposal which was formally approved on 25 January, 2021.
The AHMC will bring together the African continent and collaborate in a spirit of co-operation to share ideas and provide guidance, support, and direction in the management of all aspects of maritime matters related to the Harbour Master's function in ports.

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