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Carmanah closes purchase of Vega Industries Limited
18 August 2017

Photo: SABIK OY / Kystverket ©

Early in August it was announced from Victoria BC, Canada, that Carmanah Technologies Corporation had closed its previously announced transaction to acquire New Zealand-based Vega Industries Limited. The purchase price is NZD $12.0 million (USD $9.0 million) subject to certain adjustments and escrow holdbacks, it is understood.
This acquisition brings together Sabik Marine, Carmanah, Ekta, and Vega to create a global leader in the marine aids to navigation market. Integration plans, with a specific focus on providing marine aids to navigation customers comprehensive single-source solutions, are expected to be implemented over the coming months.


ESA's Large Space Simulator
17 August 2017

© ESA - G. Schoonewille, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO, Id 382542

An external view of Europe's largest vacuum chamber, the Large Space Simulator, which subjects entire satellites to space-like conditions ahead of launch. This 15 metre-high and 10 metre-diameter chamber is cavernous enough to accommodate an upended double decker bus, it has been reported.
Satellites are lowered down through a top hatch. Once the top and side hatches are sealed, high-performance pumps create a vacuum a billion times lower than standard sea level atmosphere, held for weeks at a time during test runs. A 121-segment mirror array reflects simulated sunlight into the chamber, at the same time as the internal walls are pumped full of -190°C liquid nitrogen, together recreating the extreme thermal conditions prevailing in orbit.


HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at home port
17 August 2017

Photograph kindly provided by the Ministry of Defence - MoD Crown Copyright 2017 ©

Britain's future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16 August. Greeted by thousands of people lining the Portsmouth seafront, the 65,000-tonnes displacement carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port on the morning. Sailors lined the flight deck of the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy as she passed Portsmouth's Round Tower. HMS Queen Elizabeth was also greeted with a flypast from the Fleet Air Arm, including Wildcat and Merlin helicopters and Hawk jets.


Japan Coast Guard Global Summit
15 August 2017

The Nippon Foundation Chairman Yohei Sasakawa (left) and Admiral Satoshi Nakajima, commandant of the Japan Coast Guard (right), at the press conference. - photo kindly provided by the Nippon Foundation©

The Nippon Foundation and the Japan Coast Guard held a press conference on 18 July to announce the Coast Guard Global Summit, a forum of senior maritime safety officials to be held in Tokyo on 14 September, with a total of 40 countries, territories, and institutions expected to participate. This summit is also expected to issue a joint statement calling for cooperation that transcends existing bilateral and regional frameworks.
At the press conference, Admiral Satoshi Nakajima, commandant of the Japan Coast Guard, referred to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's message delivered to the launch ceremony of the Umi-to-Nippon Project (The Ocean and Japan Project), held on Japan's Marine Day public holiday (17 July). In his message, Prime Minister Abe stressed the importance of global-level cooperation among institutions on the front line of maritime safety issues, along with diplomacy, toward achieving free and safe seas.


Sweltering southern Europe - the ESA Sentinel mission
11 August 2017

© ESA; contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, Id 382392, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Southern Europe is in the grip of a relentless heatwave, fuelling wildfires and water shortages. Information from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite has been used to map the sweltering heat across the region.

The Sentinel missions mark a new era in Earth observation focusing on delivering a wealth of operational data for decades to come. The six different missions carry a range of state-of-the-art technologies to supply a stream of complementary imagery and data tailored to the needs of Europe's environmental monitoring Copernicus programme. ©ESA

The main objective of the Sentinel-3 mission is to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land surface colour with high accuracy and reliability to support ocean forecasting systems, environmental monitoring and climate monitoring. The mission is jointly operated by ESA and EUMETSAT to deliver operational ocean and land observation services.


UK Space Agency seeks international partnerships
08 August 2017

The Amazon Basin - © ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

At the end of July it was announced by the UK Space Agency that it is working with research institutions, industry and non-profit organisations to develop strong international partnerships to help tackle economic, societal and environmental issues using satellite technology.
It is understood that the Agency will award funding through its International Partnership Programme (IPP), which is designed to partner UK space expertise with overseas governments and organisations. This is part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which aims to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.
Ten small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and research organisations have been given a total of £338,000 to use to establish partnerships in countries including Zambia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.


Vega liftoff
07 August 2017

On 2 August 2017, Vega flight VV10 lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana to deliver two Earth observation satellites, Optsat-3000 and Venµs, into their planned Sun-synchronous orbits - photo ID: 382075, reproduced by kind permission of ESA©

On the morning of 2 August Arianespace launched a Vega rocket carrying two Earth observation satellites for Italy, France and Israel encased in Vega's lighter protective fairing.
Liftoff of Vega's tenth mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 0158 GMT (0358 Central European Summer Time) or 2258 local time on a mission lasting 97 minutes to deliver Optsat-3000 and Venµs into their planned orbits. Optsat-3000 will provide Italy's Ministry of Defence with global high resolution images. With a mass of 368 kg, it was the first to be released after about 42 minutes. The 264 kg Venµs was released 49 minutes later. Venµs (Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New Micro Satellite) sponsored by France and Israel will study vegetation and the environment, and demonstrate a new electrical propulsion system.
Optsat-3000 has a design life of seven years and Venµs four and a half years.


ICAO President urges cooperation in airspace management for unmanned aircraft
07 August 2017

The President of the ICAO Council, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, stressed the need for a global regulatory framework for unmanned air traffic in his opening address of the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium - African and Indian Ocean in Abuja on 17 July 2017 - photo credit: Ariyo Akinfenwa©

Opening the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium (RPAS) in Abuja on 18 July, ICAO Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed the importance of a globally coherent regulatory framework for the management of unmanned air traffic. He remarked: 'If you consider a company envisaging a global drone fleet to enhance its deliveries, the value of having a myriad of domestic national regulations aligned via globally harmonized international standards becomes clearly apparent.'
President Aliu also stressed the complexity of this task, notably in terms of the tremendous diversity of types and applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and the need to place safety first.


Aviation priorities for Brexit negotiations: The Air League's view
05 August 2017

On 30 May at St James's Palace in London, members attended the Air League's Annual Reception in the presence of its Patron HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, seen here with Chairman Christopher Walkinshaw - Photo kindly provided by the Air League ©

Founded in 1909, The Air League's mission is to enhance national understanding of the importance to the UK of aviation and aerospace. The Air League's vision is to ensure continued recognition by leaders in the UK that a strong aviation and aerospace sector is essential to the economic prosperity and security of the UK.

At the Annual Reception a number of individuals and organisations were recognised for their remarkable achievements. Certificates and badges were awarded to scholarship and bursary recipients in the presence of sponsors, family and friends. Here the Billy Deacon Search & Rescue Award was presented to Gary Robertson - Photo kindly provided by the Air League ©

At the end of July the League published a second briefing paper on Aviation and Brexit. This document seeks to contribute positively to the debate to help ensure the continued contribution the sector makes to the prosperity, employment, global connectivity, and economic development of the UK.
Working within an EU framework has helped the UK aerospace and air transport sectors to develop and prosper with a minimum of cross-border restrictions in Europe, operating to common standards, facilitating market access, free from customs and tariff restrictions.


Simulation makes perfect
03 August 2017

Captain Mike Johnson, Tug Master, in the HR Wallingford simulator - Photo reproduced by kind permission of HR Wallingford ©

At 488metres loa Shell's Prelude FLNG facility was always going to represent a formidable challenge even for the skilled tug masters who were charged with towing the facility from the shipyard in the Republic of Korea where it was constructed, and delivering it to its final destination, a remote gas field 475 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. This was reported by HR Wallingford, UK, on 1 August.

The Prelude tow with POSH tugs - Photo reproduced by kind permission of Shell ©

Practice makes perfect, and HR Wallingford, using its Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle created an accurate and detailed navigation simulation of Prelude for Shell, which was used to prepare the Tow Masters, Tug Masters and Pilots, allowing them to familiarise themselves with a realistic simulation of Prelude manoeuvres at sea. On 25 July Prelude arrived safely at its destination in the East Browse Basin.


SeaRobotics and autonomous hydrographic survey vehicles
01 August 2017

SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) reported on 31 July that it had delivered two complete autonomous 2.5 metre unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. These USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems providing multibeam echo sounders (MBES), support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts, and road trailers.
This contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors.
Efficiency and cost effectiveness of each application will be reviewed, and a profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities will be developed. Both traditional survey tasks and previously denied areas that remain unsurveyed will be evaluated, it is understood.


El Niño events
27 July 2017

CSIRO's research vessel Investigator. This vessel supports Australia's atmospheric, oceanographic, biological and geosciences research from the tropical north to the Antarctic ice-edge with the waters of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans to:
- undertake deep sea oceanography;
- map and study the geology of Australia's marine estate to underpin resource exploration;
- monitor and better understand Australia's fisheries, and
- learn more about Australia's weather patterns and large ocean processes.

The frequency of extreme El Niño events is projected to increase for a further century after global mean temperature is stabilised at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Research published on 24 July in Nature Climate Change by an international team shows that if warming was halted to the aspirational 1.5°C target from the Paris Agreement, the frequency of extreme El Niño events could continue to increase, due to a continuation of faster warming in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
CSIRO researcher and lead author Dr Guojian Wang said the growing risk of extreme El Niño events did not stabilise in a stabilised climate.


The 19th IALA Conference Best Practices Competition
26 July 2017

The 19th IALA Conference will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 27 May to 2 June 2018. The theme will be Successful voyages, Sustainable planet.
As part of the Conference a Best Practices Competition will be held there on 31 May 2018. This is to encourage individual working groups, teams, or organisations to share their best operational and managerial practices, process, systems, and initiatives, and learn from the experience of others. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams who have been responsible for creating and/or managing the introduction and deployment of best practices.

More information.


US assesses mitigation tactics against jamming
26 July 2017

Nearly 100 federal, state, and local public safety and private organizations gathered in week ending 22 July to test tactics and technologies to identify, locate and mitigate illegal jamming of communications systems, such as GPS, radio and wireless systems.
The 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise (JamX 17) was hosted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) from 16-22 July, at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


2018 Israel Navigation workshop and exhibition
26 July 2017

The Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition (INWE18) is a biennial event organized and sponsored by the Israel Association for Automatic Control (IAAC), a Member Institute of IAIN.
INWE18 will be a one-day event dedicated to technical talks in navigation systems ranging from fundamental research, to applications and to field test results.
Topics of interest include positioning, navigation 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 there will be hosted a technical exhibit in which navigation equipment manufacturers and systems suppliers will have the opportunity to show their current products and most recent technical innovations.


ION (US) PLANS 2018
26 July 2017

In the US the Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of even numbered years. Aim of the symposium is to provide a forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology.
The PLANS conference is a four day event with one day dedicated to tutorials and three days to technical sessions. Tutorials provide delegates with the opportunity to learn about navigation technology from well-known industry experts. Twenty-four half-day technical sessions are offered over a three-day period, with four sessions running simultaneously each morning and afternoon. At the technical sessions scientists, researchers and engineers from around the world present their latest work in the field of navigation.


Updated Drone Assist app to propel responsible flying
23 July 2017

Illustrations kindly provided by NATS ©

Drone Assist, the drone safety app launched by the (UK) National Air Traffic Service (NATS) in December 2016 and developed in partnership with Altitude Angel, has undergone a number of changes and improvements to make it even more user-friendly for commercial and recreational drone pilots. This was reported by NATS on 19 July.

Created to help drone pilots fly responsibly, one of the most significant changes to the app is the Fly Now feature. Drone pilots can now plan their flights ahead of time, for any location in the UK, whereas previously this could only be done in the location being flown at the time of flight. This update better supports commercial drone operators as well as any drone operator operating with limited connectivity and means that pilots can now plan ahead.


EfficienSea2: smart buoy deployed in Polish waters
21 July 2017

Illustration kindly provided by the Maritime Office in Gdynia, Poland and EfficienSea2 ©

The European project EfficienSea2 is testing a new Smart Buoy which will enable vessels to have improved navigational services and to receive data in support of operations when reaching port.
The Maritime Office in Gdynia, Poland, is testing a newly developed Smart Buoy which will allow port authorities and ships to collect information about weather, wave height and depth of water and then share that information with nearby users in a completely autonomous system. Development of the Smart Buoys has been based on user requirements from pilots and VTS officers, and aids to navigation administration staff.
These Smart Buoys, which include an AIS/GPS module, hydro-meteorological sensors and GSM/radio hardware able to connect to cellular networks, have already been laboratory tested. They are now ready to be subjected to a marine environment.


Partners in Innovation: HM Land Registry and Ordnance Survey
20 July 2017

A new strategic partnership between HM Land Registry (HMLR) and Ordnance Survey (OS) to help propel the UK towards becoming a global leader in the land and property market.

This pilot partnership, announced on 19 July, will see HMLR join OS at its Geovation Hub to encourage and support innovation and property technology (PropTech) businesses.
Geovation is based at a dedicated location-data lab in London that supports and enables open innovation and collaboration across many sectors. The Geovation mission is to expand the use of location and land and property data in the UK's innovation business community.
(UK) Business Minister Lord Prior said: 'The Geovation Hub is already making important contributions to a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, energy, transport and water management. Location-based data has a crucial role in future technology development and innovation from driverless cars to the Internet of Things.'


The ION (US) journal Navigation experiences significant growth
13 July 2017

On 11 July the (US) Institute of Navigation announces that its quarterly journal Navigation experienced significant growth in the Journal Impact Factor measurement tool.
The Journal of The ION, reflected in the latest Journal Impact Factor (JIF) report. 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. It is generally recognized that journals with higher impact factors are deemed more important than those with lower ones due to its citation rate.
Navigation's Journal Impact Factor is now 1.604, an increase from 0.979 last year and 0.562 the year before. Total citations have increased by more than 270% over the past two years.


GNS and Cybersecurity
13 July 2017

From the GB-based Global Navigation Solutions comes news that mariners have been advised to exercise extreme caution when sailing in the Black Sea after a major cyber incident occurred in June. Confirmed reports have shown that numerous vessels were affected with their GPS signals being interrupted causing some confusion onboard.
This incident and the recent cyber attack on shipping giant Maersk demonstrates that the risk to mariners in respect of cyber security is significantly increasing.

GNS has produced six simple steps to help the user mitigate cyber risk.


Anholt Lighthouse under restoration
10 July 2017

Photo kindly provided by the Danish Maritime Authority©

Renovation work on Anholt Lighthouse has begun and is expected to be completed in late October. During this time attention will be paid to the station's brickwork, windows and doors. This was announced by the Danish Maritime Authority on 6 June.
Anholt Lighthouse is one of Denmark's oldest. It was established in 1561 following a Royal Resolution of 1560 when it was decided to construct four strategic lighthouses in Denmark. It therefore represents an important part of the Denmark's maritime cultural past. The first brick-built lighthouse on the island of Anholt was established in the years 1785-1788.


Denmark to host major international maritime conference
10 July 2017

Photo by Mads Claus Rasmussen ©, kindly provided by the DMA

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced that in 2024, Denmark will be hosting European Maritime Day with more than 1,000 participants. With its maritime surroundings, the city of Svendborg will be the setting of the conference.


Alert! Compendium - educational resource launched
10 July 2017

A vital global educational resource on the human element was launched on 12 July for the benefit of the whole maritime industry. Lloyd's Register Foundation and The Nautical Institute have joined together in producing a special limited edition bound set of all 40 issues of Alert! the human element bulletin.
It is understood that enough have been produced for every maritime training college in the world to have a copy so all will have access to the topics and case studies covered by the project over its 14-year history.
The volume acknowledges the enduring significance of these topics and the continued role of Alert! bulletins in helping to improve safety at sea, said Professor Richard Clegg, Foundation Chief Executive, Lloyd's Register Foundation, which has funded the project.
As a result of the project some 2.5 million of the four series of Alert! bulletins comprising 350 articles had been distributed around the world; 21 innovative videos were produced for free download and a reference library of 250 papers has been made available online.


Efficiensea2 Workshop at IALA
08 July 2017

The Maritime Cloud is a communications framework that enables efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among all authorized maritime stakeholders across available systems.
This framework is currently under development in collaboration between different projects: EfficienSea2 (EU), Sea Traffic Management - the STM validation project (EU) and the SMART Navigation project (Republic of Korea).
As a partner in the EfficienSea2 project, IALA is participating in the work on maturing the Maritime Cloud, in order to assess its potential as the generic communication framework for e-Navigation at large.
It is in this role of being a partner in the EfficienSea2 project that IALA is organising and hosting this workshop.

Information and registration.


Sites to watch #3
03 July 2017

The Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation (RNT Foundation) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation that helps protect critical infrastructure by promoting resilient navigation and timing worldwide. The Foundation has strong views on GPS and GNSS.

Other sites featured are: the United States Coast Guard Navigation Center, the Norwegian Armed Forces Forum website and particularly this page reporting the demolition of Loran aerials in Norway, this wonderful collection of material on hydrographic and related topics, a free subscription to receive regular breaking maritime news and IALA-AISM's Annual Report for 2016.


The Nautical Institute launches the Ice Navigator Scheme
03 July 2017

On 3 June The Nautical Institute launched the Ice Navigator Training and Certification Scheme. This is the latest in the Institute's expanding series of professional training schemes and has been developed in response to rapidly growing demand for officers with proven expertise in handling ships in ice.
Captain Duke Snider FNI, (photo), President of The Nautical Institute: 'Operating ships within any ice regime requires specialist knowledge, skills and a level of awareness beyond those of the majority of mariners. This course will help to equip ships' officers to meet the unique challenges posed by navigating in ice.'


eMaritime Group Bridge Team ECDIS Audits
01 July 2017

The eMaritime Group (eMG) offer a range of services including onboard Bridge Team ECDIS audits. In recent months, their navigation auditors have been sent widely abroad including to Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Malta.
Aim of the audit is to provide the shipmaster, management company or operator with an objective assessment of the state of the bridge team and associated administration and equipment. The intense one-day procedure can be conducted worldwide, it is understood, be it alongside or underway and includes the whole bridge team and highlights every aspect of navigation.


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

Get the PDF here.


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.


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