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EU aviation stakeholders sign joint declaration on the future of the Single European Sky (SES)
12 September 2019

In Brussels on 11 September signatories called up on the EU Institutions and Members States to take the necessary steps to implement the joint declaration adopted that day, outlining their shared commitment to improving Europe's airspace.
At the Digital European Sky conference, organised under the Finnish Presidency of the EU, representatives of 21 EU aviation and workers' associations were due to sign a joint declaration committing to a set of concrete actions to finally and fully implement the vision of a Single European Sky (SES).
The joint declaration will be sending a strong signal that the SES vision can only be achieved through the collaborative and coordinated efforts of all stakeholders, including Member States and the European Institutions.


Lack of documentation, ineffective procedures contribute to improper removal of landing gear locks
11 September 2019

In preparation for an August 2018 scheduled flight from Perth Airport to Christmas Island, an apron engineer fitted landing gear ground locks (LGGL) to an Airbus A320 before it was towed to its departure bay. The apron engineer then went to supervise the refuelling of another aircraft, with the intention of returning for the refuelling of the A320 and removing the LGGL.
Approximately 40 minutes later, a flight crew member's pre-flight walk-around identified the presence of the LGGL. The captain acknowledged the flight crew member's observation but anticipated that normal departure procedures would lead to the removal of the LGGL before flight.


Coasties and team hard at work
08 September 2019

USCG photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, USCG District 7 PADET Jacksonville. USCG ©

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Willow and a Station Charleston Response Boat-Medium performed aids to navigation maintenance and harbour assessment patrols in the Port of Charleston on 7 September.
Coast Guard personnel worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina and Georgia Ports Authorities, regional pilots' associations, and multiple port partners to rapidly reopen the ports of Charleston, Savannah, and Brunswick restoring the vital flow of commerce in the region following Hurricane Dorian.


Storm names for 2019-2020 announced for UK, ROI and The Netherlands
06 September 2019

On 5 September the (UK) Met Office and Met Éireann of the Republic of Ireland, along with new partner KNMI of the Netherlands, revealed the list of 21 storm names for 2019-2020.
First introduced in 2015, the Name our Storms campaign has helped raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe weather in Britain and Ireland before it hits. Now in its fifth year, Met Office and Met Éireann are joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Dutch national weather forecasting service.
Earlier this summer Met Office and Met Éireann received thousands of suggestions from the public after asking people to send in ideas for future storm names.


RIN INC reminder
06 September 2019

"We believe strongly in the value of bringing people together to share knowledge, perspectives and insights. We strive to make INC an enriching experience for all delegates, irrespective of experience or discipline.
The format of INC is designed to offer more keynote speakers - to set the scene for the session papers; and we've designed the programme to offer plenty of time for networking, including social events on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We aim for each delegate to leave INC with new insights, ideas and contacts."


Towards e-navigation in Asia-Pacific
06 September 2019

The SMART Project

Without doubt the implementation of e-navigation - the user-friendly collection, harmonization and display of essential maritime information - will contribute to enhanced maritime safety and security and support efficient shipping while protecting the marine environment. Various e-navigation solutions are being developed, taking into account IMO guidance and regulations.
The SMART-Navigation Project, organized and funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea, was presented during an IMO regional workshop on e-navigation for the Asia-Pacific region, held in Busan, Republic of Korea from 4-6 September. This was reported by the IMO media service on 6 September.


UK assistance following Hurricane Dorian
05 September 2019

The shocking record of devastation found on Great Abaco, Bahamas
Image of Mounts Bay’s Wildcat on the deck
Mounts Bay carries a team of specialist personnel with transport, including all-terrain vehicles, dump trucks, diggers and stores.
Illustrations reproduced by kind permission of the UK MoD - MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

Our aerial image shows the island of Great Abaco which was one of the first to be hit by Hurricane Dorian after she turned in to a category 5 hurricane earlier in week commencing 1 September.
RFA Mounts Bay is embarked with a Wildcat helicopter that has been conducting reconnaissance flights over the islands to assess the damage and provide important intelligence to the Bahamian Government and the team of Department for International Development (DFID) experts who have deployed to the region.
Mounts Bay is equipped with a dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) team made up of personnel from the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps and is carrying vital aid and specialist equipment, such as all-terrain quads, dump trucks, diggers and stores. The ship is also able to provide essential medical care. It is understood that the ship has the capability to transport up to 3600 evacuees (in ideal conditions) to nearby islands.


HMS Queen Elizabeth sails for US
04 September 2019

HMS Queen Elizabeth departs Portsmouth for the US - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from her homeport of Portsmouth on 30 August ahead of testing the UK's F-35B Lightning fast fighter jets for the first time.
The Royal Navy's biggest warship will be working with up to seven British F-35B jets during her Exercise Westlant 19 deployment, which sees her once again return to the east coast of North America.
This deployment marks another significant milestone for the aircraft carrier, which will have Royal Navy and RAF jets embarked during five weeks of testing, as well as hosting F-35s from the United States Marine Corps.


RAF Typhoons complete NATO air policing mission in Estonia
04 September 2019

RAF Typhoon fighter jets operating from Ämari Air Base in Estonia - MoD Crown Copyright 2019©

It was reported on 2 September by the Ministry of Defence that Royal Air Force Typhoon jets had returned to their Lincolnshire base after completing the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission and handing over to Gripen aircraft from the Czech Air Force.
Over the four-month deployment, known as Operation Azotize, RAF Typhoons conducted a total of 21 interceptions of 56 Russian aircraft in the skies above Estonia.


IEC Telecom's new partnership with Lars Thrane
04 September 2019

The LT-3100 is now available from IEC Telecom

It was reported from Ålesund, Norway, on 2 September that satellite communications specialist IEC Telecom has extended its portfolio through a partnership with specialist satcoms manufacturer Lars Thrane.
IEC Telecom is now an official distributor of the LT-3100 Iridium satellite phone in Norway and went to unveil its new product range during the major shipping industry BlueFish held in A?lesund from 3 to 5 September.


Amazon wildfires
27 August 2019

Wildfires in the Amazon, 2018 and 2019. - released 27/08/2019 9:15 am. Copyright Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA on ONDA Copernicus DIAS. Id 428898.ESA©
Wildfires in Brazil from Copernicus Sentinel-3 - released 27/08/2019 9:15 am. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Id428901. ESA©

In recent weeks thousands of fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest. Satellite data show that there are almost four times as many fires this year compared to the same period last year (2018). Apart from Brazil, parts of Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina have also been affected. This was reported in a communiqué from the European Space Agency (ESA) on 27 August.
While forest fires normally occur in Brazil's dry season, which runs from July to October, the unprecedented increase is reported to come from both legal and illegal deforestation which allows land to be used for agricultural purposes, rising global temperatures are also thought to be making the region more susceptible to fire.


Sites to watch #11
25 August 2019

Chartlet reproduced by kind permission of Remember Singapore ©

Lighthouses, typically located on islands and shoals near the approaches to ports and harbours, provide visual aids to navigational for seafarers. In addition, they also serve as the warning of hazards such as rocks and reefs. We are informed by Remember Singapore that currently five of Singapore's lighthouses are managed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).


Hamburg Pilots' Choir annual concert 2019
22 August 2019

According to Captain Dieter Wulf, the Hamburg Pilots' Choir will perform their Annual concert in St Ansgar's Church / Kleiner Michel in Michaelisstrasse 5 Hamburg (S-Bahnhof Stadhausbrucke) on Friday 25 October 2019 at 1900.


Sites to watch #10
19 August 2019

ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies - ICTs.
There is an important article on ITU's news site introducing a revolution in railway communication by Dirk Schattschneider, Senior Spectrum Manager, Deutsche Bahn AG.
Today's constantly increasing traffic and threat of climate change, are forcing more and more governments to look for alternative transport. Shifting traffic from the road to the railways is one option for consideration as rail systems are by far the most environmentally-friendly means of transport.


Dana Schulze new Director of NTSB Office of Aviation Safety
16 August 2019

Photo: NSTB ©

At the end of July the (US) National Transportation Safety Board announced a change in leadership in the agency's Office of Aviation Safety.
Dana Schulze (pictured) assumed the duties of Director, Office of Aviation Safety, effective from 22 July.
Schulze has served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Aviation Safety since 2012 and has concurrently served as the office's acting director since November 2018. Schulze has been with the NTSB since 2002, has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2012 and earned a 2017 Distinguished Presidential Rank Award.


NTSB findings on the collision between USS John S McCain and Alnic MC
16 August 2019

Photo: USN ©

On 12 August the (US) National Transportation Safety Board announced that the 21 August 2017 collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC was caused by insufficient training, inadequate bridge operating procedures and a lack of operational oversight.
Ten sailors aboard John S McCain died in the accident and 48 were injured when the ships collided in the Middle Channel passage of the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. There were no injuries to the crew of Alnic MC. Property damage resulting from the collision exceeded $1.2 million. There was no report of pollution associated with the accident.


Threat assessment for commercial shipping Mediterranean Sea
12 August 2019

NATO at work observing merchant shipping - photo: NATO©

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the world's busiest bodies of water; from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Levant coast, it covers approximately 2,500 miles and occupies an area of nearly 970,000 square miles.
While the region offers safe transit to commercial traffic and entry to the Middle East and beyond via the Suez Canal, regional instability in certain areas such as Libya and Syria have the potential to spill over into adjacent waters posing a possible threat to commercial traffic.
A recent report by NATO provides a general assessment on the threat posed to commercial shipping while transiting the Mediterranean in open waters.

The NATO report and MARAD advisory


Maerospace acquires rights to long range radar system
12 August 2019

Maerospace Corporation's Terry Manion, left, and Eric Meger, right, at the signing of a global license agreement with Raytheon Canada Limited.

It was announced from Waterloo, Ontario, on 1 August that Maerospace Corporation, a global supplier of real-time, predictive analytics to the maritime market, had signed a global license agreement with Raytheon Canada Limited (RCL) to support the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces' science and technology organization.
Maerospace will assume responsibility for the maintenance, design, engineering, manufacturing and international promotion, sales and deployment of the third generation High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR) systems. This Canadian system is one of the few operationally deployed HFSWR land-based radars capable of 200-mile, persistent coverage of a country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).


RAF Typhoons scramble from UK and Estonia
08 August 2019

Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©
Photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

The RAF Typhoons deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing in Estonia intercepted a Russian TU-95 'Bear' Bomber, heading west close to Estonian airspace. The Typhoons then handed the escort over to Finnish and Swedish QRA aircraft, before being tasked to re-intercept to maintain the escort of the TU-95 as it transited close to NATO airspace. The 'Bear' had since been accompanied by two Russian SU-30 'Flanker' fighters.
This is a routine NATO mission for the Typhoons which provides reassurance that the UK is here to work in partnership with Estonia.


Silver Spitfire leaves UK on worldwide flight
05 August 2019

The Silver Spitfire airborne from Goodwood Aerodrome, Hampshire, to begin the first leg of its worldwide expedition

Two intrepid aviators - Matt Jones and Steve Brooks - left Goodwood Aerodrome on 5 August to attempt to fly a Silver Spitfire around the world, taking in some of the most famous landmarks on the planet from the Grand Canyon in the West to the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji in the East.
This Spitfire is a UK treasure and represents an emblem of freedom across the globe. The Silver Spitfire expedition is expected to promote the Best of British worldwide showcasing the nation's heritage in engineering excellence, and an aircraft that changed the course of history.


Sites to watch #9
02 August 2019

Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 EGNOS enabled - photo: ©GSA
Stranded sailors in liferaft use EPIRB to summon help - photo: ©GSA

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (otherwise known as the GSA) is the link between space technology and user needs.
The GSA's mission is to ensure that users in Europe and around the world fully benefit from Europe's satellite navigation programmes. To do this, the Agency is responsible for the operations and service provision for both EGNOS and Galileo.
You can subscribe to GSA's newsletter here. There is an RSS feed available as well.


Sites to watch #8
31 July 2019

Regarding failure of Galileo and the possibilities of alternative systems readers may wish to keep up to date with the website of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation. The Foundation is a Corresponding Member of IAIN.


Siberian wildfires
30 July 2019

Picture: Id 426365. Siberian wildfires. Released 30/07/2019 4:20 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©
Unusually hot and dry conditions in parts of the northern hemisphere have been conducive to fires raging from the Mediterranean to, in particular, the Arctic. Climate change, with rising temperatures and shifts in precipitation patterns, is amplifying the risk of wildfires and prolonging the season. - photo: www.wmo.int and Copernicus Sentinel ©

On 29 July the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Siberia, some of which can be seen in this image captured from space the previous day.
It is understood that almost three million hectares of land are estimated to have been affected, according to Russia's Federal Forestry Agency.
This Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows a number of fires, producing plumes of smoke. The smoke has carried air pollution into the Kemerovo, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Altai regions.
Furthermore, it is reported that an unprecedented amount of wildfires have been raging in regions of the Arctic, including Greenland and Alaska in the US. They have been caused by record-breaking high temperatures and lightning, fuelled by strong winds.


Neither UK nor EU ready for no deal
29 July 2019

Illustration CBI ©

A new 128 page report issued by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 28 July put forward 200 recommendations to help accelerate no deal preparations for the UK, the EU and companies. These points are based on a comprehensive study of existing plans laid out by the UK government, the European Commission, member states and firms.
Of particular interest to the shipping community will be pages 31, Movements, and 39, Haulage.
With the likelihood of no deal increasing, the CBI has backed up government efforts to help prepare for a no deal exit by publishing practical steps the UK, the EU and businesses can take to reduce the worst effects.


EDRS is a new, independent European satellite system
28 July 2019

European Data Relay System-C being fuelled - released 26/07/2019 6:37 pm, Id 426246, ESA©

A second satellite to join the constellation that forms the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has finished fuelling and is days away from launch. This was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 27 July.
It is understood that EDRS uses innovative laser technology to dramatically cut the time needed for Earth observation satellites to deliver information to the ground. The system enables observations of the Earth almost live, accelerating responses to emergency situations and spurring the development of new services and products, thereby creating jobs and prosperity, it is claimed.


INC 2019 Call for Papers
26 July 2019

The International Navigation Conference of the Royal Institute of Navigation, is one of the premier forums for the presentation of research and advances in navigation.
INC2019, the fifth in this annual series, brings together industry, academia, and policy makers from around the world.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended and is now 9 August.


European high temperatures
25 July 2019

Too hot to handle. Released 25/07/2019 4:00 pm. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO - photo: ESA ©

An extreme heatwave hit Europe once again in week commencing 21 July, following extreme weather in June. High temperatures were expected to peak on 25 July, reaching as high as 39-40°C, (102.2-104°F) with The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany recording their highest ever temperatures. Paris reached a sweltering 41°C (105.8°F), breaking its previous record in 1947.
The illustration here, an animation of two images, shows the land surface temperature from today July, compared to data recorded during the previous heatwave on 26 June 2019.


ICAO in Africa
23 July 2019

Upper: the Secretary General held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
Lower: Secretary General Dr Fang Liu with Uganda's Minister of Works and Transport, Ms Monica Azuba Ntege, during a media scrum outside the opening ceremonies of ICAO's 6th AFI Aviation Week meetings in Kampala.
Photo: www.icao.int ©

Opening the 6th ICAO Africa (AFI1) Aviation Week in Kampala in mid-May ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu stressed how ongoing aviation safety, security, and capacity improvements all across Africa are maximizing air transport's role as a catalyst for socio-economic development in the region. Her remarks were delivered in the presence of Uganda's Minister of Works and Transport, Ms Monica Azuba Ntege, and many governmental and diplomatic dignitaries including members of the ICAO Council.


ICAO Secretary General highlights future aviation challenges
23 July 2019

Photo: www.icao.int ©

In mid-June ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu underscored a range of civil aviation priorities relating to economic growth and innovation as she introduced and took part in a high-level panel discussion on the future of air transport at the ICAO Conférence de Montréal.
Conducted under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the Montréal event featured wide-ranging government and industry VIP participation and covered a series of key issues relating to international finance, development, trade, and other policy topics of global relevance.


Dstl acquires first Satellite Ground Control Station for MOD Space Research and Development
22 July 2019

Ground station at Portsdown West, Hampshire, UK

In the UK the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) reported on 18 July that it had acquired its first satellite ground control station to support future space research activities for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Based at Portsdown West, Hampshire, the ground station will use its 6.3m diameter antenna to direct satellites in both low-Earth and geosynchronous orbits, and will form a core part of the Dstl Space Science & Technology (S&T) programme.


IMO Maritime Safety Committee 101 outcomes
21 July 2019

The 101st session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 101) was held at IMO HQ from 5-14 June.
Through the kind offices of the IMO media service we are able to bring you a briefing on a representative selection of the transactions that took place at the gathering. A number of these will be of interest to Members of IAIN.


2020 Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition
16 July 2019

INWE20, the Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition, is a biennial event organized and sponsored by the Israel Association for Automatic Control (IAAC). Following the huge success of previous events, the 2020 edition has been scheduled for 27 January 2020 at the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya.
INWE20 will be a one-day event dedicated to technical talks in navigation systems ranging from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results.
Topics of interest include: navigation, positioning and timekeeping in all their variations; sensors, systems, optimal integration of multiple sensors, and novel or emerging technologies in the field of navigation.
In parallel with the talks the organisers will host a technical exhibit in which navigation equipment manufacturers and system suppliers will have the opportunity to show their current products and most recent technical innovations.


The Earth from Space - Japan's Mount Fuji
13 July 2019

photo: Id 425417. Title Mount Fuji, Japan. Released 12/07/2019 10:00 am Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ESA ©

At the end of week commencing 7 July the European Space Agency (ESA) published the photograph shown here taken on a Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission over Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain standing at 3776 metres. In this Spring image, the mountain can be seen coated in pure white snow.
This snow-capped mountain is often shrouded in cloud and fog, but the image was captured on a clear day, by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite flying at a height of 800 km.
Mount Fuji is a symbol of Japan, and a popular tourist destination. Around 300,000 people climb the mountain every year - and in the image shown here several hiking trails can be seen leading to the base of the mountain.


US ties record for number of high tide flooding days in 2018
12 July 2019

Charleston South Carolina sees increasingly rising sea levels. photo: NOAA ©

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on 10 July that coastal communities across the US continued to see increased high tide flooding last year, forcing residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines, streets and basements. This is a trend that is expected to continue this year. Elevated water levels affected coastal economies, tourism and crucial infrastructure like septic systems and storm-water systems, according to the new NOAA document.
High tide flooding, often referred to as 'nuisance' or 'sunny day' flooding, is increasingly common due to years of relative sea level increases. It no longer takes a strong storm or a hurricane to cause flooding in many coastal areas.


The Journal of the US Institute of Navigation announces new journal impact factor growth
06 July 2019

It was announced from ION's HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 2 July that the Institute of Navigation (ION) is once again pleased to announce the continued growth of NAVIGATION, The Journal of The Institute of Navigation, reflected in the latest Journal Impact Factor (JIF) report.
It is understood that the JIF of an academic journal is a measurement tool used to calculate the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in a journal and is an indication of the relative importance of the journal within its field.
NAVIGATION's Journal Impact Factor has now increased to 1.629, representing a 290% four-year increase.


Investigation finds unintended risks with ECDIS navigation
02 July 2019

Roebuck Bay grounded on Henry Reef

On 27 June the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Roebuck Bay on Henry Reef, Queensland, on 30 September 2017. This document has revealed underlying safety issues with the effectiveness of ECDIS type-specific training, ECDIS software updates and the use of a single point feature to represent relatively large physical features on electronic navigational charts.
Roebuck Bay's electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) identified the reef as a danger to the planned route, however, the crew did not identify the danger either visually or by using ECDIS. The vessel continued on the amended route and grounded on Henry Reef just after midnight. There were no reported injuries or oil pollution, but the vessel sustained substantial damage.


Trinity House celebrates World Marine Aids to Navigation Day 2019
01 July 2019

Inspector of Seamarks Captain Graeme Proctor and Local Aids to Navigation Manager Joseph Anderson on a recent inspection tour in Devon and Cornwall

On 1 July 2019 Trinity House joined lighthouse and marine aids to navigation authorities around the world to mark the first ever World Marine Aids to Navigation Day, established to celebrate and promote the role of marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) and highlight the importance of safety at sea.
As a focal point for highlighting the importance of aids to navigation as a service for all mariners, Trinity House has chosen to emphasise its statutory duty as an auditor and inspector of local aids to navigation, rather than its more well-known duty as a provider of general aids to navigation such as lighthouses, lightvessels and buoys.
Local aids to navigation are owned and operated by Local Lighthouse Authorities rather than Trinity House, but the powers and duties granted to Trinity House require it to audit and inspect over 11,000 local AtoNs.


Trinity House to decommission Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
29 June 2019

Royal Sovereign lighthouse

Trinity House London has begun preparatory work on a project to decommission Royal Sovereign Lighthouse in the English Channel. It is the intention that the now-deteriorating lighthouse will be completely removed clear to the seabed. This has necessitated that Beachy Head Lighthouse be upgraded to ensure the safety of the mariners in those waters. Trinity House aims to commence work in 2020.
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse was built in 1971 with a design life of 50 years. Having monitored the fabric of the lighthouse over the last decade and observing the expected signs of deterioration, Trinity House concluded that the ongoing safety of the mariner requires that the structure be fully decommissioned.
Royal Sovereign Lighthouse has provided nearly 50 years of reliable service as an aid to navigation, one of over 600 that Trinity House operates for the benefit and safety of the mariner.


ENC 2020 - Call for papers
26 June 2019

The DGON, our member in the Federal Republic, the German Institute of Navigation, invites delegates to the beautiful city of Dresden.
On behalf of the Scientific Committee of the European Satellite Navigation Conference ENC 2020 the German Institute of Navigation (DGON) extends a welcome to ENC 2020 in Dresden ENC 2020 will take place from 11-14 May 2020, at the MARITIM Hotel & Internationales Congress Center Dresden, Germany.

Call for papers
DGON invites potential delegates to submit their outstanding and valuable original research papers and to participate in the technical exhibition during the conference. The period for Draft Paper Submission is now open with closure on 1 November 2019.


IALA announces World Marine Aids to Navigation Day 2019
23 June 2019

Events are being organized through the world and reports indicate that events will be held in Vanuatu, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Spain and Denmark.
The theme: Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet serves to encompass the suggestions proposed by Members of IALA and accommodates all aspects of each of IALA's Technical Committee. The theme reinforces the mission of IALA in the maritime arena for worldwide harmonisation of aids to navigation standards, the facilitation of the safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the environment.


Desert greenery
18 June 2019

Image released 17/06/2019 4:18 pm. Id 422545. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. ESA ©

On 17 June ESA marked the 25th anniversary of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Under its theme: Let's grow the future together, the initiative celebrates the 25 years of progress made in sustainable land management.
One ambitious project - the Great Green Wall - aims to improve life in Africa's desert regions by planting a belt of trees across the entire width of the continent. Once completed, the wall will be the largest living structure on the planet stretching across 20 countries - from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. By 2030, the initiative aims to have restored 100 million hectares of degraded land, sequestered 250 million tonnes of carbon and created 10 million green jobs.
Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, the image (processed by the European Space Agency-ESA) is of the edge of the dry desert in west Africa contrasted with vegetated land. Signs of land degradation can be seen as brighter "islands" around villages and to a lesser extent along roads and rivers showing bare soil and degraded vegetation.
ESA informs us the image they kindly have distributed shows parts of three African countries: Senegal, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.


Marines land in Baltic exercise BALTOPS 2019
17 June 2019

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jack D Aistrup USN © Released

Maritime forces from 18 nations are currently taking part in the 47th annual multinational Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, running to 21 June. BALTOPS is the premier annual maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region and one of the largest exercises in northern Europe, enhancing flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations.
Vice-Admiral Andrew Lewis, commander of the US 2nd Fleet, is leading the exercise on behalf of US Naval Forces Europe. In an interview he commented: 'No one nation can face today's challenges alone, we are much stronger together. Our partner and NATO alliances must continue to strengthen our deterrence and defence efforts and adapt through improving readiness and responsiveness.'


RAF Typhoons scramble to intercept Russian fighters - The Baltic Air Policing Mission
17 June 2019

An Ilyushin IL-76 Candid transport aircraft over the Baltic Sea where RAF crews intercepted and observed - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©
An SU-30 Flanker aircraft (top) and an RAF Typhoon (bottom), taken on 15 June 2019 over the Baltic - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2019 ©

vRoyal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets based at Ämari Air Base in Estonia were scrambled twice over the weekend (14-15 June) to intercept Russian fighter aircraft. Working in partnership with the Estonian authorities, this was a routine NATO airspace policing mission for the Typhoon detachment providing continued reassurance in the region.
This weekend's activity indicates that the RAF have made eight intercepts of Russian aircraft since taking over the Baltic Air Policing mission on 3 May 2019.


New Chief Executive and Accounting Officer UKHO
10 June 2019

Rear-Admiral Tim Lowe CBE - www.gov.uk©

At the end of May the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) reported that Rear- Admiral Tim Lowe had been appointed to the office of Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.
Admiral Lowe joined the UKHO as National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In January 2019, he was made Acting Chief Executive, leading the UKHO's transformation to become a modern marine geospatial information agency and hydrographic office. This included overseeing the opening of the UKHO's award-winning office and championing key projects that have helped government, academia and the wider marine community make the best use of our oceans in safer, more secure and more sustainable ways.


Crew alertness avoids potential taxiing collision
06 June 2019

Illustration © Airservices Australia / ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has reminded flight crews to remain alert and vigilant during taxiing, following an incident where a high workload situation probably led to an air traffic controller forgetting conflicting instructions had been issued.
During the 30 April 2018 incident, an Airbus A321 airliner was taxiing to the gate after landing at Melbourne Airport when the captain had to brake heavily to avoid a possible collision with a taxiing Boeing 737-800. Both aircraft had been given clearance by the surface movement controller in the control tower to proceed through the same taxiway intersection.


The Navigation Flashlight
05 June 2019

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 nineteenth year of publication and it is in German.


Inmarsat and Hyundai Global Service agreement
05 June 2019

Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat Maritime, pictured here third from left with, fourth from left Kwang Hean An, CEO of Hyundai Global Service.

It was reported on 5 June that Inmarsat has signed a business cooperation agreement that allows Hyundai Global Service (HGS) to offer shipowners and managers a digital total care route to maritime digitalisation. HGS was established in 2016 by parent group Hyundai Heavy Industries as a digital transformation service provider to optimise ship operation and performance.
The unique agreement paves the way for a cooperation that will include the use of Fleet Xpress Dedicated Bandwidth Services by HGS to support its digital services for shipowners plus recognition of HGS as a Certified Application Partner (CAP) within Inmarsat's digital ecosystem.


DNV GL new Digital Solutions CEO
03 June 2019

It was announced from Høvik, Norway, on 3 June that Kenneth Vareide has been appointed the CEO of DNV GL's Digital Solutions business, which is a provider of devices for managing risk and improving asset performance.
Oil and gas executives surveyed in DNV GL's Industry Outlook highlighted digitalization as the leading R&D priority, although a lack of relevant skills was identified as the biggest barrier. Their peers in the energy value chain told a similar story in digitalization and the future of energy, with 91% of companies saying that further digital skills training was needed.
Added Vareide: 'Our long commitment to creating value from digital technology means that we are able to combine deep domain and digital knowledge. As a company, we are in a constant dialogue with our customers and we are committed to providing solutions that bridge their digital skills gap.'


RAF in Exercise Arctic Challenge
03 June 2019

A pilot manoeuvres an RAF C-130J Hercules to perform a low-level sortie over Northern Sweden and the Arctic Circle - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2019©, SAC Anna Lythgoe RAuxAF
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 taking off at Luleå-Kallax airport - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2019©, SAC Anna Lythgoe RAuxAF

The last week of May and the first week of June saw RAF aircraft and personnel training on an exercise in Sweden alongside eight other nations to work together in building collective security.
Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE) is one of Europe's largest air force exercises with 140 aircraft and 4000 troops from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and US, supported by NATO assets, all of which came together from 22 May to test their effectiveness in a realistic threat environment. The exercise is expected to be concluded on 4 June.
By taking part in the exercise, the nine participating air forces share knowledge and learn from each other to strengthen their interoperability. Personnel are tested in various disciplines including: (a) Threat evasion tactics such as low- level flying; (b) Aerial resupply (load drops) to friendly forces; (c) Search and rescue, and (d) Air-to-air refuelling.


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