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Report on the 1st IHO Assembly, April 2017
27 June 2017

Mr. John Pepper, Director of OceanWise Ltd., prepared this report on the first Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organisation, held at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco, 24-28 April 2017. IAIN holds representative status in several international organisations.

More documents here.


Royal Navy's flagship leaves for sea trials
27 June 2017

Photos MOD Crown Copyright 2017©

History was made on 26 June as HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, set sail from Rosyth to commence first stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland.
Three years after she was officially named by HM the Queen, the nation's future flagship will spend an initial period of around six weeks at sea to test the fundamentals of the ship. The sea trials will monitor speed, manoeuvrability, power and propulsion as well as undertaking weapons trials and additional tests on her levels of readiness. Following this initial period, HMS Queen Elizabeth will return to Rosyth for further testing and maintenance before heading back to sea for a second stage which aims to test her Mission Systems. She will transit to her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base to be handed over to the Royal Navy later this year.


IAIN World Congress 2018 second announcement
23 June 2017

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Flypast for HM the Queen's official birthday 2017
18 June 2017

Photographs: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

Twenty-nine Royal Air Force aircraft soared over Buckingham Palace, Central London, on 17 June in an impressive flypast to mark the Queen's Birthday Parade.
Fifteen types of RAF aircraft took part in the flypast, including two of the RAF's world-class display teams - the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - the Red Arrows.
This formation flew over the Palace at 1300BST, divided into eight elements, in roughly 30-second intervals.


ECDIS Ltd launch new quick course booking calendar
13 June 2017

IAIN Corporate Member ECDIS Ltd have created a new online training calendar, showing all available dates for the key courses in their portfolio and an option to instantly book in seconds, it is reported.
It is understood that the online booking system has been a long time in development. It was created to allow complete transparency for all major courses by providing prospective students with clarification on the availability and flexibility of the company's training schedule.
According to Robyn Harrigan, ECDIS Ltd Training and Production Manager: 'We are unlike most training establishments as we are able to accommodate almost any of our courses on dates suitable for our students and clients. This has always proven to be a difficult concept to present on our website as people are used to colleges having fixed timetables.'


MarineFields and Inmarsat sign MOU
12 June 2017

On 7 June it was reported that MarineFields and Inmarsat had signed an MOU to partner in investigating how sea traffic management and satellite connectivity can make port calls more efficient for all stakeholders through improved information sharing, situational awareness, optimised processes, and collaborative decision making.
It is understood that the joint effort will be focused on providing a marketplace for port call optimization services resulting in just-in-time operations and shortened turn-around times.
Perseus PortCDM will connect the various stakeholders involved in, or related to, sea transport, including vessels, shipping companies, ports, terminals, and hinterland operators.
The aim of the project will be to focus on enhanced standardised data sharing,and enable third party providers to bring new and innovative services to keystakeholders in the maritime industry.


Training seminar on the IALA Risk Management Toolbox
12 June 2017

The IALA World-Wide Academy, in conjunction with China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA), will run a training seminar on the IALA Risk Management Toolbox - IWRAP Mk2; PAWSA and Simulation - from 11 to 15 September 2017 at Jimei University, Xiamen, China.

More information can be found in this flyer.


Why mentoring at sea matters
07 June 2017

The Nautical Institute is focusing on mentoring at sea in the latest edition of The Navigator, exploring how mentoring can, and has, enhanced careers and best practice.
Author Captain Andre Le Goubin contributes an article on how mentoring complements training and why the tradition must be continued. To encourage others to engage in practical mentoring, The Nautical Institute is asking readers to share their stories by e-mailing: navigator@nautinst.org.
Emma Ward of The Navigator: 'Life works better when we all pull together, and life at sea is no exception. Being able to share and benefit from each other's knowledge for the good of the entire crew is a wonderful thing and should be encouraged.'
David Patraiko adding: 'Mentoring doesn't just improve safety and better commercial services, it also improves life on board. This simple act of kindness can reduce social isolation, help overcome language and cultural barriers and generally improve our working and living environment.'


eMaritime Group offer combined courses for superyachts
05 June 2017

Corporate Member of IAIN, eMaritime Group, report that they now offer a range of tailored training packages for the superyacht industry. These packages are discounted bundles of courses, allowing superyacht crew to complete several courses in succession, it is understood.
Courses include ECDIS Generic and HELM (that is Human Element Leadership and Management, either in Management or Operations method) offered at a 20% discount from the standard listed price. These combination courses can be completed at a date which suits the student, and any course combination is possible due to the flexibility of the company’s training schedule.


Arctic campaign to monitor space weather impact
01 June 2017

Photograph kindly provided by www.efficiensea2.org ©

The European project EfficienSea2 has joined forces with Royal Arctic Line to complete the first-ever test of how space weather in the Arctic region influences the full range of a vessel's communication channels.
When shipping companies deliver cargoes across the world, they depend on a broad range of communications equipment to ensure safe passage and reliable links at sea. The scope of these systems is certain to grow in the future and increase safety in the maritime world.
It does, however, pose a risk with regard to the phenomena of space weather, explained Jean-Jacques Valette, Space Systems Engineer at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a partner in the EU funded EfficienSea2 project running a test to measure the impact of space weather. He said: 'A full understanding of how space events affect our communication methods is essential. The more dependent we become on satellite communications, the more crucial it becomes to prepare for the effects of an outburst of disruptive energy and ejected particles from the sun.'


An evening in the USS Constellation
31 May 2017

On June 27, there will be a combined meeting of the RNT Foundation and the US Institute of Navigation (ION) (DC Section) from 1800 to 2030. An evening in USS Constellation (managed by Historic Ships) in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
The evening will include:
- Guided tours of USS Constellation
- Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer
- Presentation by the Father of GPS, Dr Brad Parkinson
- Opportunity to meet leading members of the PNT community from around the world.

Attendees are invited to the public meeting of the US PNT Advisory Board over the following days (28 & 29 June) at the Marriot Inner Harbor Camden Yards.


John Lloyd appointed as Nautical Institute CEO
24 May 2017

At last week's Nautical Institute London Command Seminar held at Trinity House on 17/18 May Philip Wake retired after 14 years in post as CEO and was succeeded by Captain John Lloyd.
Speaking at Trinity House, at the third of the Institute's 2017 command seminar series, Captain Lloyd said: 'I am delighted to be leading the next phase of development at The Nautical Institute, at a time of great change for our industry. Now more than ever it is important that the Institute champions best practice and professionalism and promotes a culture of safety first.'
In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, John had overall responsibility for the Institute' specialised training services, including the industry-standard Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) accreditation and certification scheme.


In three months, will your ECDIS still be legal?
24 May 2017

Corporate Member of IAIN eMaritime Group have announced a one day conference to help the industry better understand the transition to the new IHO ECDIS S52 4.0. They ask Will your ECDIS be legal from 31 August?
They invite the industry to meet the manufacturers, express your concerns and opinions and get the answers.
Mark Broster, eMaritime Group Managing Director said: 'We have spoken to many of our shipping company clients over the last year about the ECDIS 4.0 upgrade, and listened to their concerns. There seems to be a general confusion and in some cases panic about the changes in August. So we created this one day conference to help clear up these issues and better informing company representatives to allow a smooth transition.'


NATO-EU cyber defence cooperation
21 May 2017

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the progress being made in closer cooperation between the Alliance and the European Union in a meeting with EU Defence Ministers on 18 May 2017. He highlighted that this cooperation has reached a new level.
The Secretary General highlighted cyber defence as an example of tangible progress. During the recent ransomware attacks, NATO issued a warning to all Allies, as well as the EU, and exchanged information with the EU. The EU's cyber security hub CERT-EU has also been granted access to NATO's Malware Information Sharing Platform. 'Now NATO and the EU are able to share information in real time on cyber-attacks,' said Stoltenberg.
The Secretary General and EU High Representative (Foreign Affairs & Security Polocy) Federica Mogherini will report on the progress of NATO-EU cooperation to the Councils of both organisations next month. This cooperation will also be highlighted at the upcoming meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels on 25 May.


Lufthansa maritime IT agreement
21 May 2017

Mark O'Neil, President of Columbia Shipmanagement (left) and Bernd Appel, Managing Director of Lufthansa Industry Solutions (right)

Columbia Shipmanagement together with Marlow Navigation have emphasised their individual commitment to a digital agenda in quality ship management by signing a partnership with Lufthansa Industry Solutions that will pave the way for a new era of advanced thinking in the maritime sector.
This agreement, reported on 19 May, is between Blue Dynamics, an advanced software company previously set up by Columbia and Marlow, and Lufthansa Industry Solutions is aimed at providing the highest standards of information technology relating to performance monitoring, predictive maintenance, remote sensoring, procurement, logistics, crew planning and other important topics such as development resource sharing, lab utilisation and avant-garde development processes.


ATSB Traffic management occurrence
21 May 2017

On 14 January 2016, while taking-off from Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport, Airbus A320, registered VH-VQS (VQS) and operated by Jetstar Airways, came in close proximity to Beech Aircraft Corporation BE-76 Duchess, registered VH EWL (EWL). The Duchess was conducting navigation training in the vicinity of the runway and was noticed by the flight crew of VQS during the take off roll and below the maximum speed from which they could stop.
The take-off was continued and while manoeuvring to maintain separation from EWL, the crew of VQS received master warning/caution alerts regarding the aircraft's configuration. The crew also commenced flap retraction at low altitude and turned contrary to operator-prescribed departure procedures before departing for Melbourne. There were no injuries or damage to equipment recorded during the occurrence.


UNCTAD signs MOU with MarineTraffic
18 May 2017

On 16 May leading global ship tracking intelligence company MarineTraffic and the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the agreement, UNCTAD and MarineTraffic will be sharing information and data that will enable both organisations to enhance their services and allow for more accurate analysis of global trade and shipping trends.
Geneva-headquartered UNCTAD plays an important role in integrating developing countries into the world economy, with maritime-related research, policy analysis and data collection an integral part of this process.
MarineTraffic currently records 800 million vessel positions and 18 million vessel- and port-related events monthly by tracking ships' Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) through a network of terrestrial receivers and satellites.


Frontex, EMSA and EFCA strengthen cooperation on coast guard functions
16 May 2017

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) took a significant step in structuring their cooperation on coast guard functions by signing a Tripartite Working Arrangement as foreseen by the amended founding regulations of the three Agencies of October last year. This was reported by EMSA on 11 May 2017.
It is understood that the agreement sets out the framework for the enhanced synergy between the European agencies which will enable them to support in an effective and cost-efficient way the activities of more than 300 civilian and military authorities in the Member States responsible for carrying out coastguard functions in a wide range of areas such as maritime safety, security, search and rescue, border control, fisheries control, customs control, general law enforcement and environmental protection.
Aligned with their mandates Frontex, EFCA and EMSA will cooperate in sharing maritime information, providing new surveillance and communication services, building capacity, analyzing operational challenges and emerging risks in the maritime domain as well as planning and implementing multipurpose operations.


Call for a sustainable future in space
16 May 2017

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us over part of the western Netherlands on 16 March, with the capital city of Amsterdam at the centre of the image. Divided among some 90 islands, Amsterdam has more than 100 km of canals. The city lies about 2m below sea level - in fact, around a third of the country lies below sea level, making it susceptible to floods. Rising sea waters during periods of bad weather - called storm surges - are kept under control by dams, dikes, floodgates and natural sand dunes. While we can see the North Sea on the left, the water on the right is part of the Markermeer lake. This area was once a saltwater bay called the Zuiderzee, but was closed off by a dam in the 1930s. The bay was drained in stages and land reclaimed, including Flevoland on the right side of the image - one of the world's largest artificial islands. Another relatively recent addition to the Dutch landscape is the neighbourhood of IJburg comprising six artificial islands east of Amsterdam. The first residents moved in only 15 years ago. Satellites like Sentinel-2 can help to monitor urban expansion. For example, in the upper-right corner we see what looks like an artificial island being built - but this structure is not present in satellite imagery from a year ago.

With more than 750,000 pieces of dangerous debris now orbiting Earth, the urgent need for coordinated international action to ensure the long-term sustainability of spaceflight was a major finding from Europe's largest-ever conference on space debris. This was reported toward the end of April by the European Space Agency, ESA.
In the words of Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, speaking at a press briefing at the close of the European Conference on Space Debris held in Darmstadt, Germany: 'We require a coordinated global solution to what is, after all, a global problem that affects critical satellites delivering services to all of us.'
ESA Director General Jan Woerner appealed to space stakeholders to keep Earth's orbital environment as clean as possible. Developing and implementing the ESA Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme as decided during ESA's last ministerial council in 2016 will be a key factor.


Two New Cyber Security Awareness (CSA) Courses
06 May 2017

IAIN Corporate Member ECDIS Ltd has expanded its 35+ strong training portfolio with two new courses for Cyber Security Awareness (CSA) Operators and for Management. The courses cover a wide range of topics from What is Cyber Security, to Risks of the Internet and Hacking as well as providing a case study from a large American company who staged a cyber attack.
The courses have been developed and delivered to the maritime industry in response to the ever increasing recognition of its impact both onboard and ashore. The effect of cyber attacks can be detrimental not only to company finances due to delay but also to the safety of the crew and passengers.


A new era of digital underwater communications
01 May 2017

An Ocean Explorer AUV being recovered from the NATO Research Vessel Alliance during a sea trial - photo: www.nato.int©

Satellites and mobile phones, built to international standards, help the world get connected. But the communications technology used on land does not work well underwater. With water covering over 70% of the earth's surface, NATO has sponsored research into establishing the first ever digital underwater communications standard.
Imagine a scuba diver approaching the surface, being made aware of nearby boating activity; or a submarine communicating with a land-based command post; or an underwater robot sending a warning to an oil rig after a leak is detected - the possible applications of underwater communications are many. For example, they could be used in many areas: for harbour protection, maritime surveillance, mine detection, surveying offshore wind farms and pipelines, or even underwater archaeology.

A network of marine robots - photo: www.nato.int©

The NATO Science and Technology Organization's Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) has developed a standard for underwater acoustic communications called JANUS, which has been recognised as a NATO standard by all NATO Allies since 24 March 2017. This marks the first time that a digital underwater communication protocol has been acknowledged at international level and opens the way to develop many exciting underwater communication applications, it has been reported. To this effect NATO issued a communiqué on 27 April.


Boeing and CSIRO launch 35M research programme
29 April 2017

CSIRO has signed a new, $AUD35 million research agreement with the world's largest aerospace company, Boeing. Over the next five years the organisations will work together on a broad range of areas of mutual interest including space sciences, advanced materials and manufacturing.
This is the latest step in a 28-year partnership between CSIRO and Boeing that has provided a huge boost for Australia in the global aviation industry.
Earlier this month (April), Boeing named CSIRO as a 2016 Supplier of the Year.
CSIRO and Boeing celebrated their respective centenaries in 2016. Over the years the organisations have invested more than $AUD170 million on 190 joint research projects into everything from innovative new manufacturing processes, to fire retardants, biofuels and software.
CSIRO's Paintbond technology (illustrated), for instance, has been applied to more than a thousand Boeing airplanes, including some in the skies above Australia, saving millions of dollars in maintenance costs.


ECDIS widespread approval
27 April 2017

According to IAIN Corporate Member, ECDIS Ltd., five of the seven continents have selected the eMaritime Group as their preferred provider for IMO 6.09 and 6.10 Train the Trainer Courses.
The group have now delivered their MCA Approved Instructor Training Courses (based on IMO Model Courses 6.09 and 6.10) to many colleges and shipping companies from Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
The courses are held at ECDIS Ltd's head office in Hampshire, UK, and enable students to learn better teaching techniques for both standard and simulator based training courses. Each course is five days in length and covers a wide range of topics from the role of the instructor to teaching methods, communication skills and effective use of teaching aids.


eMaritime Group Release ACAT Course for the New Transas 4000 ECDIS
27 April 2017

eMaritime Group, part of which is ECDIS Ltd, Corporate Member of IAIN, have further extended their ECDIS Annual Competency Assurance Training (ACAT) portfolio by including a course for the new TRANSAS 4000 ECDIS.
Available online as well as the new offline downloadable version, ECDIS ACAT is understood to be used daily by shipping companies globally.


EUROCONTROL agreement with the European Commission's CERT-EU on cyber-security
24 April 2017

From left: Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager Directorate at EUROCONTROL, Philippe Merlo, Director Air Traffic Management at EUROCONTROL, Frank Brenner, Director General of EUROCONTROL, Gertrud Ingestad, Director General of DG DIGIT, Freddy Dezeure, Head of CERT-EU, Herman Baret, Centralised Services Programme Manager at EUROCONTROL, and Dan Simonic, Chief Information Officer of EUROCONTROL - photo kindly provided by EUROCONTROL©

On 13 March 2017 EUROCONTROL and the European Commission DIGIT Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-EU) signed a Service Level Agreement to improve cyber security. On 5 April this agreement was formally presented to EUROCONTROL by Gertrud Ingestad, the Director General of the European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT).
CERT-EU's mission is to support the European institutions, agencies and bodies to protect themselves against intentional and malicious attacks that would hamper the integrity of their IT assets and harm the interests of the EU.
It was further reported that CERT-EU will provide services to EUROCONTROL in order to support the setting up of the European Air Traffic Management Computer Emergency Response Team (EATM-CERT®.
CERT-EU will make available some information and cyber-security tools to EATM-CERT as well as sharing experience, expertise, advice and procedures on how to operate a CERT efficiently.


Nigerian wreck removal warning
24 April 2017

Photo: www.nimasa.gov.ng ©

In a bid to ensure safe and secure shipping in Nigerian territorial waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has warned all owners of abandoned vessels to urgently remove them from Nigerian territorial waters on or before 28 April or risk sanctions ranging from forfeiture or removal by the Agency at the owner's expense.
Director General of the Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside stated this recently in Lagos and stressed the need to ensure that Nigeria's waters remain safe for navigation in order to advance the country's maritime interests.
He went on to warn that all abandoned ships would be declared as wrecks and the Agency would ensure that nothing impedes safe navigation in Nigeria's waters.


ASV Global's advanced autonomous vessel mission control centre
24 April 2017

ASV Global's Mission Control

On 20 April Mark Garnier, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International Trade, opened an advanced Mission Control Centre created by ASV Global, a leading autonomous vessel technology developer, at its headquarters in Portchester, Hampshire. This new centre will be the hub for the company's ongoing development of its market leading ASView® autonomous vessel control system. Not only will the centre be capable of operating and monitoring the company's fleet of ASVs throughout the world using satellite communications but will also be used for operator training and simulation exercises.

From left: Richard Daltry, Technical Director, Mark Garnier MP and Vince Dobb

Furthermore, the centre has been partly funded under Innovate UK funding awarded to the company in 2015 under a project called Unmanned Safe Maritime Operations Over The Horizon which tasked ASV Global's team of autonomous system engineers to research and develop both the technology and the regulatory requirements of operating autonomous vessels over the horizon.


HMS Enterprise returns home
19 April 2017

photo: UK Crown Copyright 2017©

On 18 April HMS Enterprise (H88) returned home after an epic 35-month deployment. In almost three years she steamed 150,000 nautical miles, visited 20 countries while conducting maritime security operations, protecting Britain's economy and rescuing those in danger.
With a 78-strong ship's company the specialist survey ship Enterprise was at the heart of operations to prevent people-smuggling in the Mediterranean. She evacuated more than 200 British citizens from Libya, rescued 9,180 people attempting to undertake deadly crossings of the Mediterranean and destroyed 117 unseaworthy vessels used by people traffickers.


Galileo Search & Rescue
15 April 2017

For three decades the Cospas-Sarsat system has used relays on satellites such as Europe's Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) and MetOp to pick up distress calls from ships and aircraft. - Illustration: Cospas-Sarsat©

Europe's Galileo satellite navigation network does more than let the user navigate - it is also helping save lives. On 6 April the spotlight was cast on Galileo's Search and Rescue service, which pinpoints those in distress on land or sea.
This service is Europe's contribution to the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite-based locating system that has helped to rescue more than 42 000 people since 1982 - the only system that can independently locate a distress beacon wherever it is activated on Earth, it is said. The service was formally premiered on 6 April, a date chosen to highlight the Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz signal.

Galileo within new system. Like the US GPS and Russian Glonass, European Galileo satellites are carrying Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) transponders. - Illustration: NOAA©


e-Navigation for Inland Waterways 2017
11 April 2017

A new PIANC Working Group 156 (WG 156) publication titled: e-Navigation for Inland Waterways 2017 deals with updating the PIANC River Information Services (RIS) Guidelines of 2004.
When PIANC Working Group 125 finished its report in 2011, it concluded that River Information Services might benefit from concepts in the maritime world such as e-Navigation, e-Maritime, and Vessel Traffic Management (VTM). In addition it was found that in several regions, for example the Westerscheldt River, the interaction between seagoing and inland transport was increasing.
It was apparent there was a need to investigate these themes on a global level. For this reason, PIANC was the most suitable organisation to support such research, and consequently, PIANC Working Group 156 was initiated with its first meeting on 23 September 2013 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.


UK light dues cut
07 April 2017

In the UK House of Commons (Lower House) on 30 March Minister of State at the Department of Transport, John Hayes issued a written ministerial statement:
'A strong and growing maritime industry is vital to the economy of the United Kingdom and it is critical that we treasure and protect this vital artery if we are to remain a world-leading maritime centre.'
'The work of the General Lighthouse Authorities, which provide and maintain marine aids to navigation and respond to new wrecks and navigation dangers in some of the busiest waters in the world, is crucial to underpinning that vision whilst maintaining our vigorous safety record and continuously improving standards of safety.'
'Light dues rates will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the General Lighthouse Authorities are challenged to provide an effective and efficient service which offers value for money to light dues payers while maintaining the highest levels of safety for mariners.'


Major steps taken in developing international e-Navigation standards
07 April 2017

Denmark is striving to digitalise the maritime industry and now a project led by the Danish Maritime Authority and supported by the EU has taken a major step towards a global standard for digital data exchange. This was reported by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) in a communiqué of 6 April 2017.
IALA's Committee on e-Navigation have just agreed on a proposed guideline for specifications of digital data exchange. The guideline has been developed in DMA's EfficienSea2 project. The new guideline will provide a common language on how to deliver digital data services and make it possible to use the same digital data stream across equipment and regions.


US Navy fires Tomahawk missile 7 April 2017
07 April 2017

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S Price (Released) 170407-N-FQ994-104 USN©.

Our illustration shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) firing a Tomahawk land attack missile on 7 April 2017. This class of missile is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile.
Introduced by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s, it was initially designed as a medium to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a surface platform.
The Tomahawk is a highly accurate, GPS enabled precision weapon that has been used over 2,000 times in combat, and flight tested more than 500 times. The latest variant (Tomahawk Block IV) includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables the missile to be retargeted in flight to pre-programmed, alternate targets. The Block IV design was initiated as both a cost savings and a capability improvement effort.


New eMaritime Group website and mobile App launched
07 April 2017

The new eMaritime Group has been launched, the world's first single website and app bringing together all maritime discounts under one website and mobile app. This was announced on 7 April by IAIN Corresponding Member ECDIS Ltd.
The website has been three years in the making. This is reflected in its diversity and sheer range of choices: from cost-effective online training to heavily discounted simulators and MCA approved STCW courses. Then there are online only distribution of cheap S57 ENC charts and a free social network for seafarers offering hundreds of jobs, regulations, and the latest breaking news.


New ECDIS reference cards now available
31 March 2017

On 28 March IAIN Corporate Member ECDIS Ltd released a range of Type Specific ECDIS Reference cards, on-line produced Type Specific ECDIS SMS Procedures and an update to their ECDIS Check Off Cards inspectors and investigators, including questions and answers on all the leading systems.
It is understood that the unique aspect of the reference cards is the ability to customise various cards to ensure accuracy with each company policy. This customisation is completed by way of a simple online form. Such customisation includes confined, coastal and open settings for every menu item as well as watermarking which can ensure no misuse onboard.


UK Transport Committee launches new inquiry on drones
30 March 2017

In the Westminster Parliament, the Lower House Transport Committee has launched a new inquiry to consider how the benefits of drone technology can be maximised within a robust safety framework.
Use of civilian drones in the UK is increasing. Drones are now used for a wide range of purposes and there is a significant scope for expansion in the future. A report by PwC found that the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over $127 billion. However, the increasing use of drones also raises a number of regulatory and operational issues. This includes risk to other aircraft - an area where laser pens are also an increasing concern.

The Committee would be grateful to receive written evidence submissions by 26 May 2017.


ECDIS announces price match across portfolio
29 March 2017

On 27 March IAIN Corporate Member ECDIS Ltd announced a new price match policy on their entire training course portfolio. They have decided to give a price match guarantee on all their courses. They will offer a 10% discount off the competing course price, provided the course is like-for-like and the training company is UK-based.


Welcome Honourable Company of Air Pilots
29 March 2017

We extend a warm welcome to a new Corresponding Member of IAIN: The Honourable Company of Air Pilots.
They joined us in mid-March and may their time with us be fruitful. We look forward to carrying news of their activities from time to time.
The Honourable Company of Air Pilots was established as a Guild in 1929 in order to ensure that pilots and navigators of the (then) fledgling aviation industry were accepted and regarded as professionals.


The Nautical Institute launches Command Diploma Scheme
29 March 2017

The Nautical Institute's flagship distance learning programme, the Command Diploma Scheme, was launched on 24 March in Singapore at the first of this year's Nautical Institute Command Seminars.
The scheme is intended for those about to take command as well as those who have just done so. At its core are the subjects that existing and aspiring Masters have identified as areas of concern: onboard leadership and management, navigation and shiphandling, ship's commercial business and coping with emergencies.
NI's Command Diploma Scheme provides a practical way for aspiring officers to prepare themselves for the responsibilities and realities of command at sea. It comprises a well thought-out programme of self-directed learning, with challenging practical assignments plus a final essay and interview, all designed to take the candidate far beyond the minimum requirements of STCW. Candidates benefit from having their work assessed by experienced mariners, all of whom are senior members of The Nautical Institute.

David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute

'Assuming command of a ship is a huge responsibility; you become responsible for the lives of your crew, the ship, your cargo, the commercial success of your company and of course the environment. The NI Command Diploma Scheme is a culmination of many experienced Masters' knowledge brought together to help the Master-to-be prepare as best possible for this ultimate challenge.'


IMO at IALA - solutions for e-navigation
27 March 2017

ENAV 20 was attended by 137 representatives from IALA Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as private companies.

IMO participated in the 20th E-Navigation Committee meeting (ENAV 20) at the HQ of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France from 13-17 March.
IALA has been actively supporting IMO in the development of e-navigation. ENAV 20 discussed a number of technical solutions to progress the harmonization of information between shore and ships in electronic format, including the data format and structure of Maritime Service Portfolios (MSP), the use of VHF Data Exchange System (VDES), as well as the Maritime Cloud and other solutions under the e-navigation umbrella.


IMO contributes to meeting of Asia-Pacific ship safety heads
27 March 2017

It was announced by IMO on 24 March that the organization participated in the annual gathering of Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) in Langkawi, Malaysia from 20-24 March.
Participants from 24 IMO Member States as well as observers from the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the South Pacific Commission (SPC) took part in discussions surrounding APHoMSA's work to promote safe, secure shipping and a clean marine environment within the Asia-Pacific region.


IMO - Life-saving appliances
25 March 2017

IMO reports the issue of this publication in recent days. It contains the three most important IMO instruments dealing with life-saving appliances, namely the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code, the Revised Recommendation on Testing of Life-Saving Appliances and the Code of Practice for Evaluation, Testing and Acceptance of Prototype Novel Life-Saving Appliances. It provides international requirements for the life-saving appliances required by chapter III of the 1974 SOLAS Convention.

Life-Saving Appliances inc. LSA Code, 2017 Edition (IE982E). Price £30, ISBN 978 92 801 1654 0.

IMO publishing


IAAC workshop reminder
24 March 2017

The IAAC workshop entitled: Simple Adaptive Control and New Results in Stability Analysis will be held on 27 March 2017, in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia.
The workshop is organized by Itzhak Barkana (Barkana Consulting), Haim Weiss (Rafael), and Ilan Rusnak (Rafael).
For more details and the registration form visit IAAC or go directly to the form.


RAF reservists train with Norwegian forces
18 March 2017

Photos: Crown Copyright 2017©

Royal Air Force reservists have been in remote Norway being put through a strenuous week of extreme cold weather survival training and cross-country skiing by Norwegian forces. Nearly 50 reservists from 17 squadrons across the UK trained as part of Exercise Wintermarch from 12 to 18 March. The main focus of the week was learning how to travel effectively through the harsh winter landscape by cross-country skiing. Personnel are also learning skills such as avalanche survival, crevasse rescue, first aid and basic mountain safety.


UK troops arrive in Estonia
18 March 2017

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Around 120 UK troops have arrived in Estonia as part of one of the biggest British deployments to Eastern Europe in decades, it was reported by the Ministry of Defence on 17 March. Soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles Battlegroup (5 RIFLES), including members of an Armoured Engineer Squadron, Military Police Detachment, Artillery Group and Port Task Group, arrived at Amari airbase the previous evening.
Troops, having flown from RAF Brize Norton by Voyager aircraft, were welcomed by Estonia's Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna.
The first chalk of 120 soldiers are fundamental to setting up a UK headquarters in the country before the rest of the UK deployment arrives next month (April), increasing the total number of troops in Estonia to around 800.
The UK is taking a leading role in NATO's enhanced Forward Presence, alongside several other contributing nations. Deployments are designed to assure NATO allies of the mutual commitment to collective European security. Working alongside the UK forces this year will be French personnel, and from next year, Danish partners. All are there at the request of the Estonian Government.


RIN's 11th GNSS conference
17 March 2017

A reminder: RIN's 11th GNSS conference in Baška, KrK Island, Croatia, 7-9 May 2017. This year's Baška conference focuses on the latest GNSS topics including:
- The development and modernisation of core systems
- Space-based augmentation systems
- Applications across land, air, sea and location-based services
- Receiver design and GNSS education


Eurocontrol workshop on Free Route Airspace
13 March 2017

Image kindly provided by EUROCONTROL and its Member Austro Control©

It was announced by EUROCONTROL on 8 March at the close of the World ATM Congress in Madrid that its workshop on the latest developments in the implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) in Europe will allow aircraft to fly more direct routes, reducing fuel burn and cutting delays.
FRA is most effective when it operates cross-border, with aircraft not constrained by specific crossing points on the borders between countries. Two existing cross-border initiatives in the important south east region of Europe are SAXFRA (Slovenia/Austria) and SEAFRA (Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia). At the workshop, representatives from the five air navigation service providers from these countries signed a memorandum of cooperation aimed at merging SAXFRA and SEAFRA, which will generate even greater benefits for European aviation and is a significant step towards achieving a common European Free Route Airspace by 2022.


Record iron ore tonnage from Port Hedland
11 March 2017

In a joint effort with Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA), OMC International's realtime DUKC® e-Navigation technology helped enable the largest ever iron ore shipment to leave Port Hedland (illustrated) at a record sailing draft of 19.95 metres, Executive Director Dr Terry O'Brien AM said on 7 March.
Dr O'Brien said: 'Under DUKC® advice a record 270,006 tonnes of iron ore left Port Hedland - the world's largest bulk export port - on the Fortescue Metals Group loaded ship HL Tubarao on 1 March.'
'Our technology, which has been operating at Port Hedland for more than 20 years, safely allowed an increased draft of 0.70m over the traditionally conservative static rule, which meant an extra 12,000 tonnes of iron ore could be loaded.'


DHS S&T invites Counter-UAS developers to submit tech for assessment
11 March 2017

It was announced from Washington, DC on 8 March that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is inviting developers of counter-unmanned aerial system (CUAS) technologies to participate in technology assessments.
It is understood that a Request for Information - Participation (RFIP) was released for the 2017 Technical Assessment of Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Technologies in Cities (TACTIC) programme. Apparently, Selected C-UAS technology solutions will be assessed in an operationally relevant environment.


IHMA 2018 Congress registration now open
11 March 2017

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) and Informa Australia have announced details of the 11th IHMA Congress, to be held at the Lancaster Hotel in London from 25-28 June 2018. This will be the first time the Congress has been held in London.
Addressing the theme: Ports - Essential for Safe, Efficient and Secure Global Trade, the Congress programme will be designed to appeal to all responsible for the safe, secure and efficient conduct of marine operations in ports and industry organisations working with, or within, ports across all levels of the industry. This is likely to be an attractive event in 2018 for all those with responsibility for port and marine operations and the industry that supports them.


IAIN World Congress® site online
05 March 2017

The 16th World Congress® of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) will be hosted by the Japan Institute of Navigation (JIN). It will be held from November 28 to December 1 at the world-class Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
Since 1976 the IAIN World Congress has been held in a different region every three years to discuss technical navigation issues. A scientific programme will address all subspecialties and related interests in navigation.

Makuhari New City centres around Makuhari Messe, one of Japan's world class convention facilities, and spreads out with offices, academic facilities, housing, parks, shopping, and entertainment facilities. It is a city of diverse potential that sees many people from all over Japan and the world every day. Around the skyscrapers, there are the Japanese gardens of Mihama-en and Makuhari Kaihin-koen Park along Makuhari Beach. Walking along the promenade will offer a chance to feel the sun, sea breeze and nature in Tokyo bay area.


UK Defence launches world class innovation panel
04 March 2017

On 27 February Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon visited Reaction Engines at Culham Science Park in Oxfordshire, Central England. The visit was part of a series of visits to various facilities in the Oxford area to promote innovation inter-relationship amongst the Ministry of Defence, Front Line Commands, and suppliers. The image shows the minister being shown the SABRE (Synergetic Air- Breathing Rocket Engine) installed in a mock up of a space craft. - photo: ©MoD Crown Copyright 2016

In a major speech at the University of Oxford on 27 February, the (UK) Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced the formation of a world class Panel which will help challenge and drive the innovation agenda at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), it has been reported.
Addressing engineering students, academics, and apprentices, Sir Michael announced members of the new Panel. They will be charged with driving forward the MoD's Innovation Initiative, which aims to encourage imagination, ingenuity and entrepreneurship, in pursuit of maintaining a military advantage in the future. Sir Michael said: 'Backed by an £800M innovation fund, we want to transform defence and work with small firms, academics and others to find solutions to the threats to our security. This panel of world class innovators will bring their drive and expert insights to the vital task of keeping the UK ahead of our adversaries and boosting our prosperity.'


ECDIS releases new courses
04 March 2017

IAIN Corporate Member ECDIS Ltd report that they have extended their Type Specific ECDIS ACAT (Annual Competency Assurance Training) portfolio to include the new JRC 7201/9201 and Furuno FMD ECDIS equipments (demonstrated in the nearby illustration).
Available online as well as by the new offline downloadable version, ECDIS ACAT is used daily by shipping companies globally. At an average of only £8 per officer per year, the not-for-profit ACAT courses are fast becoming an essential tool for refreshing all training crew in the safe and efficient use of their onboard ECDIS systems.
Commented George Ward, Project Support, ECDIS Ltd: 'The idea of ECDIS ACAT came from the realisation that crew may use their ECDIS systems for many years after their initial generic training. Companies and vessels have no way of keeping track of their knowledge and ensuring the safety of their crew. With ACAT, ship managers can review, in real-time, the competency levels of their crew by seeing where their weaknesses are. There is significant evidence now that albeit trained and certificated, crews still do not understand the key navigation menus which is failing them during inspections. These modules train them in the top 20 inspectors' questions.'


ION GNSS+ 2017 abstracts due
02 March 2017

A reminder has been received for abstracts for ION GNSS+ 2017: GNSS + Other Sensors in Today's Marketplace. This is the 30th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation.
The conference will take place from 25-29 September, 2017 (with Tutorials on 25 / 26 September) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
ION GNSS+ 2017 is said to be the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services, and will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, update current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.


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