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DUKC® technology reduces Lyttelton dredging
21 August 2018

Illustrations kindly provided by OMC International DUKC® ©

OMC International, provider of under-keel clearance technology for ports and harbours, has helped Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) significantly reduce the volume of dredging required to upgrade the Port's entrance channel, through use of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC®) technology.
Later this month (August) one of the world's largest dredgers will start work enlarging the entrance channel to Lyttelton Port, New Zealand.
With container ships having doubled in size in the past ten years, the channel deepening project is necessary to ensure the Port can accommodate larger vessels and support Lyttelton's future as the South Island's major international trade gateway.

ION GNSS+ 2018
18 August 2018

To receive early bird registration rates for ION GNSS+ 2018 readers are invited to complete registration by 24 August.

The ION Satellite Division is bringing back complimentary Short Courses taught by internationally recognized GNSS experts and educators on 24 September. Presented in a lecture-style learning environment, ION Short Courses are for professionals at all levels of their career, from the novice to the experienced practitioner and academic.

Three miniature satellites or CubeSats
16 August 2018

Three miniature satellites or CubeSats freshly launched into space, a striking reminder of human cooperation at the heart of space exploration involving space administrations of Bhutan, Malaysia and the Philippines. - Id 398324. Released 14/08/2018 4:09 pm. Copyright ESA/NASA-A. Gerst ©

On 14 August the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that Bhutan's first ever satellite along with others from Malaysia and the Philippines were released into their respective orbits from the International Space Station on 10 August.
While the launch was a first for Bhutan, it was just another day on the International Space Station that was built and is maintained by thousands of people across the globe.
Launched in 1998, the Space Station is the culmination of years of international planning and partnership between the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia, and participating European countries. In its 20 years of operation the Space Station has hosted many international flight crews, launched global operations and conducted research from the world-wide scientific community. It is not only a technological achievement but a successful testament to partnership across borders.

Pacific PNT 2019
11 August 2018

Pacific PNT 2019, 8-11 April 2019 Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

The (US) Institute of Navigation's Pacific PNT Conference is a global cooperative development of Positioning, Navigation and Timing technology and applications where policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Australia, the United States and more meet to discuss policy updates, receive programme status updates and exchange technical information.
Special topic sessions will concern BeiDou, Cosmic / Formosat and QZSS.

See ION's site or this flyer for details.

Sites to watch #7
06 August 2018

Introducing the Turrem Data Group, otherwise known as TDG, who play an important role instructing the maritime community in the dangers of data insecurity in its many forms.
Recent years have seen rapid growth in the reach and complexity of cyber-attacks in the maritime business. Without doubt cyber security has become a major concern and should be considered as an integral part of overall safety management in shipping and offshore operations.
Take a look at the latest issue of Phish & Ships, their web-based publication and consider joining their mailing list.

Berlin battles heatwave
01 August 2018

Images released: 31/07/2018; Length 00:00:14; Language English; Footage Type Animation; Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA ©

This year's heatwave continues to sweep across Europe, with wildfires reported across the continent, as the current heat scorches land and vegetation in countries such as the UK, Sweden and Greece. This video link shows two images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission indicating farm land and other topography around the capital of Germany, Berlin.

ICAO Council reaches landmark decision on aviation emissions offsetting
01 August 2018

The ICAO Council made important headway on CORSIA during its 214th Session. - ICAO ©

The ICAO Council made important headway on 27 June on the key international standards supporting the planned timeline for the UN aviation agency's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, during its 214th Session.
This adoption of the First Edition of Annex 16, Volume IV, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), comes less than two years after ICAO's 192 Member States achieved their historic agreement on CORSIA at the Organization's 39th Assembly, an emissions-offsetting first for any global industry sector.
In the words of ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu: 'Gaining agreement on this new Volume IV to Annex 16 is critical to helping States and airlines to operationalize CORSIA per its established deadlines.'

ENC 2019 announcement
28 July 2018

Organised by the Polish Navigation Forum, the 2019 edition of the European Navigation Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland, 8-12 Aprl, 2019.
"Welcome! On behalf of European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN) and the Polish Navigation Forum (PNF), I invite you to participate in the next edition of European Navigation Conference, ENC 2019. Looking forward to seeing you in Warsaw!"
Krzysztof Czaplewski, Chairman of the ENC 2019 Organizing Committee

COMMOCEAN 2018, the 3rd International Marine Science Communication Conference
28 July 2018

CommOCEAN 2018 aims to provide communication skills and inspiration to communicators across a range of experience levels. Many sessions are suitable for all, but some elements of the programme will run simultaneously and are tailored for those looking to build their communications skills and to those looking to move their communications to the next level. Delegates should choose the most appropriate sessions for their skills level.
The core programme will offer inspiring and insightful addresses from leaders in marine science communication, presentations and workshops covering communications techniques and platforms, and examples of marine science research communications campaigns. The event will also feature talks on current marine science projects and an exhibition of public engagement materials and techniques.

Sharm El Sheikh - as seen by Sentinel-2
28 July 2018

Illustration released at 1000 on 27 July 2018. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO Description: Id 396541 ESA ©

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite provides a view over Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Famous as a resort on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, this coastal strip along the Red Sea is peppered with bars, restaurants and hotels. The ancient Greeks and Romans are thought to have taken their holidays in Egypt as long ago as the 4th century BC.
This striking true-colour image shows the Gulf of Aqaba at the top centre, feeding into the Red Sea - home to some of the hottest and saltiest seawater in the world. The Red Sea is connected to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest waterways.

Aeolus preparing to fly the wind mission
26 July 2018

Measuring cyclones. Id 340783. Released 02/06/2015 5:00 pm Copyright ESA/ATG medialab ©

ESA's Aeolus wind mission will provide timely and accurate profiles of the world's winds and further information on aerosols and clouds. This mission will advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics. It will also provide much-needed information to improve weather forecasts and contribute to climate research.
The satellite, an example shown here, carries a single instrument: a Doppler wind lidar (light+radar) called Aladin. This sophisticated instrument is designed to probe the lowermost 30 km of the atmosphere along the satellite's orbital path. Comprising a powerful laser, a large telescope and a very sensitive receiver, Aladin will be the first wind lidar in space. In cloud-free air the lidar will probe the atmosphere down to the surface, or to the top of dense cloud.

Looming iceberg
19 July 2018

Illustration kindly provided by ESA. Id 397007. Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA ©

This satellite image, captured by Sentinel-2A on 9 July 2018, shows a huge iceberg perilously close to the village of Innaarsuit (indicated in red) on the west coast of Greenland. It is understood that if the berg breaks apart, waves resulting from the falling ice could wash away parts of the village.
Here the 169 residents of Innaarsuit are relatively used to seeing large icebergs floating by, but weighing around 10 million tonnes, the berg shown is reported to be the largest in memory. With chunks of ice calving from the iceberg, a number of residents were evacuated amid fears of a bigger break up.

INC 2018 - call for papers
19 July 2018

This is the formal announcement as a Call for Papers in respect of INC 2018. It is important to mention that delegates from last year's event, INC2017, referred to it as: "an excellent conference for information exchange and updating knowledge", and "every year opportunities at INC are increasing and it has become a very interesting forum to attend."
Deadline for sumission is July, 27, 2018.

Autonomous deep water survey vessel
18 July 2018

It was announced from Portsmouth on 16 July that ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have successfully delivered a long-endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.
A recent two-week trial in Scotland's Loch Ness was the culmination of the three-year Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl.
The aim of the project was to deliver an integrated system to perform low cost, full water column marine surveys using multiple autonomous systems.

CANSO call for action
13 July 2018

On 13 July CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, announced that it is seeking strong cooperation and a greater sense of urgency to address the forecast air traffic capacity shortages and delays in Europe.
It welcomes and supports the joint call for action from the European Commission and the European Parliament. CANSO and its Members are working hard to improve air traffic management performance in Europe but States need to ensure a pan-European approach with more cross-border cooperation, adequate funding for infrastructure expansion and modernisation, and appropriate performance-based regulation.

IHMA's new President
08 July 2018

The International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) is delighted to announce that its new President is Captain Allan Gray, Harbour Master, Port of Fremantle, Australia.
Captain Gray had a 20 year career at sea and traded in various vessels including ro-ro, container, bulk carriers and LPG tankers. On coming ashore he was a Vessel Traffic Manager at Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008. Captain Gray was previously the Federal Master for the Company of Master Mariners Australia and was later awarded Life Membership.

The first International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) Port Operations Awards
06 July 2018

Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Yoss Leclerc with Dr Terry O'Brien AM (centre) representing OMC International and its role in the application of UKC management at Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Authority, winner of The Safe, Efficient and Secure Port Award
Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Carita Rönnqvist with Captain Andreas Mai (centre), Harbour Master, Port of Bremerhaven and Bremen recognised for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Profession of Harbour Master
Captain Kevin Richardson and Captain Naresh Sewnath with Captain Rob Gutteling (centre), representing Port of Rotterdam Harbour Master's Office (centre) Port Operations Photograph of the Year
The photo shows the intentionally big bridge; one navigation position in the front is separated from the specific harbour master tasks that are performed on consoles in the back to improve the safety of working since there is less distraction in navigating

IHMA is delighted that its initiative to introduce awards highlighting the contribution of people and organisations to port operations has met with such a positive response. The first ever IHMA awards were announced at the Association's biennial Congress Dinner held at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization on 27 June 2018.
The Safe, Efficient and Secure Port Award to Pilbara Ports Authority for Under-Keel Clearance Management at Port Hedland in conjunction with IHMA Commercial Member OMC International.
The Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Profession of Harbour Master Award to Captain Andreas Mai, Harbour Master, Port of Bremerhaven and Bremen.
The Port Operations Photograph of the Year Award to the Harbour Master's Office of the Port of Rotterdam for its photo of a hybrid patrol vessel (illustrated).

Galileo makes ready
05 July 2018

Technicians in SCAPE (Self Contained Atmospheric Protection Ensemble) suits fill Galileo satellites 22-26 with hydrazine fuel - ©ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - H Rouffre ©Id 396226

Europe's next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July. The European Space Agency (ESA) reported on 3 July that the four satellites were placed in their protective containers to be transported from the S1A processing building to the S3B payload preparation building, where they were filled with the hydrazine fuel that will keep the satellites manoeuvrable during their 12-year working lives.
It is understood that the next step is to fit the quartet onto the dispenser that holds them in place securely during launch and then releases them into space once the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket reaches its 22,922 km altitude target orbit.

13th Arctic Shipping Summit
05 July 2018

ACI's Arctic Shipping Summit is moving to Hamburg, Germany for its 13th gathering in the series and will take on a new look for December 2018, it is reported. ACI are bringing together stakeholders from all parts of the Arctic to discuss their involvement in the ever-changing Northern Shipping Route.
The two day conference will see an assembly of companies and organisations such as coast guards, senior Arctic government officials, shipping companies, LNG projects, lawyers, P&I Clubs, arctic researchers and lecturers and more. This is expected to allow for an interactive and open conference with much networking and discussion.

UK and Irish waters Differential GPS user survey
04 July 2018

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are conducting a survey to gauge current and future user requirements for their Differential GPS service. This was announced at the end of June 2018.
The authorities are now surveying users across a wide variety of sectors to better understand how the Differential GPS service is being used. The Differential GPS service currently provides corrections for GPS (single frequency) only, but the technology is being developed to enable corrections to be provided for all Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), should there be a requirement. The survey results will be used to establish current and future user needs.

It is important for respondents to understand that this is a survey about the Differential GPS service and not GPS/GNSS. You can complete the survey online or download this form for offline completion.

Historic trans-Atlantic flight planned
28 June 2018

An artist impression of the Protector, a new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force, which will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. - MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A developmental version of the Protector, new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force, which will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. - MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

A new Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) ordered for the Royal Air Force will fly non-stop from the United States to RAF Fairford in the UK on 11 July. The UK is the lead customer for the next-generation aircraft which will be known as the Protector RG Mk.1 when it enters service in the early 2020s.
Operated at all times by a fully qualified pilot, Protector is the World's first RPAS to be designed, built and certified against stringent NATO and UK Safety Certification standards equivalent to manned aircraft. The flight from North Dakota to Gloucestershire is likely to take over 20 hours and will be the first across the Atlantic by a Medium Altitude RPAS and the first time one has entered UK airspace under beyond line-of-sight communication control.

mv Ruyter grounding
24 June 2018

photo: Crown Copyright 2018 / MAIB ©

In summary, the MAIB report (No11/2018 published on 20 June 2018) indicates that at 2311 on 10 October 2017, The Netherlands registered general cargo vessel Ruyter (89.99m loa; 2528gt; built 2006) on passage from Skagen, Denmark to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, ran aground on the north shore of Rathlin Island. It was found that the master who was the watchkeeper had left the bridge unattended. The bridge navigational watch alarm system, which could have alerted the chief officer to the fact that the bridge was unmanned, had been switched off.
It was found that the master had been consuming alcohol prior to taking over the watch but the chief officer, who had previously warned the master against excessive consumption of alcohol, had been satisfied that the master was fit for watchkeeping duties.

Saab to deliver integrated ATC suite to Santiago
24 June 2018

illustration by kind courtesy of SAAB ©

It was announced by Saab on 21 June that it had been selected to deliver the next generation of air traffic control safety equipment to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile.
Saab was selected through an open competition to provide a new generation air traffic safety system in Santiago. This system includes fully integrated tower working positions with a ground display, electronic flight strips, and a general information display. In addition, the system will feature A-SMGCS level safety alerting, Saab multilateration and the Saab SR-3 Surface Movement radar.

16th IAIN World Congress
20 June 2018

A reminder that IAIN 2018 will be held from 28 November to 1 December at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, and bring together researchers, engineers, companies and related institutions from around the world to present research and to engage in lively discussion. Much interest has been shown in this event.

A reminder with regard to the submission of abstracts informs that this will be closed on 30 June 2018. Also here.

The ION (US) ITM and PTTI 2019 event
20 June 2018

Abstracts are invited for the ION's combined International Technical Meeting (ITM) and the 50th Anniversary of the Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting. The co-located conferences will take place from 28 to 31 January 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia.
Abstracts are due on 10 October 2018.

ITM and PTTI 2019 are co-located in that one registration fee covers two technical events, a commercial exhibit, and the 50th Anniversary of PTTI.
- ITM is the ION's winter meeting with peer-reviewed technical papers related to positioning, navigation and timing and includes the ION Fellows and Annual Awards presentations.
- PTTI is the annual technical conference designed to disseminate and coordinate PTTI information at the user level; review present and future PTTI requirements; inform government and industry engineers, technicians and managers of precise time and frequency technology and its problems; and provide an opportunity for an active exchange of new technology associated with PTTI.
At the same time a special joint plenary session will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of PTTI.

ABPmer to support the development of Ireland's marine plan
20 June 2018

Recognised specialist in marine planning, ABPmer, has been appointed to support the development of a marine spatial plan (MSP) for Ireland. This marine plan will cover Ireland's maritime area, including internal waters (sea area), territorial seas, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. It is intended that a single plan will be prepared for the entire area with the possibility of more detailed regional plans being made at a later date.
It is understood that Ireland transposed the MSP Directive (EU Directive 2014/89/EU) through the European Union (Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning) Regulations in June 2016. These regulations established the legal basis and broad framework for Ireland to implement marine spatial planning through the development of an MSP (or plans) on a ten-year cycle. During 2017, a marine planning function was set up within the Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and in December 2017 it launched its roadmap for delivering a national marine spatial plan.

Poland's World Maritime Day parallel event
19 June 2018

How to create better shipping for a better future was a theme running throughout the 2018 IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event held from 13-15 June in Szczecin, Poland.
In the words of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim (illustrated), in his keynote address: 'IMO's heritage for 70 years has been to drive improvements in shipping to achieve a better world today. But we cannot rest on past achievements. Our challenge for the years to come remains the same: to create better shipping - for a better future.'

South Africa: a hub for Marine Aids to Navigation training
16 June 2018

The graduating class of the 2018 IALA Risk Management Seminar in South Africa
The graduating class of the 2018 IALA Level 1 Aids to Navigation (AtoN) Manager Training

It was reported from Cape Town towards the end of May that South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon, Executive Manager: Lighthouse and Navigational Systems (LNS) of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Pre-Conference Forum of the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 26 May.
He said: 'South Africa is recognised as the centre of excellence in Africa with regard to AtoNs. It is therefore important that South Africa leads the way in ensuring that the African continent on the whole is led by competent individuals and organisations in order to achieve compliance with international legislation.'

Antarctica in 2070: what future will we choose
14 June 2018

Multi-purpose research and resupply vessel,Aurora Australis arriving at Totten Glacier - photo: Paul Brown, Australian Maritime College ©
Totten ice front - Photo: Esmee van Wijk ©

Choices made in the next decade will have long-term consequences for Antarctica and the globe, according to research published on 14 June by the journal Nature. The study explores how Antarctica and the Southern Ocean will change over the next 50 years, and how those changes will impact the rest of the globe. This was reported by CSIRO on 14 June.
Two scenarios are considered: one in which greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked, and one in which strong action is taken to limit emissions and to manage increased human use of Antarctica.

Eid Mubarak
14 June 2018

IAIN wishes Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim members and readers.

The 19th IALA Conference
11 June 2018

The IALA Council

More than 500 delegates attended the 19th IALA Conference in the port city of Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 26 May to 2 June 2018. A total of 94 technical presentations were made in 13 technical sessions and two special sessions over four days, and Conference participants were able to see and discuss the latest developments in aids to navigation and VTS technology in the large industrial exhibition, where a record number of IALA Industrial Members exhibited.
The Conference had a strong focus on the development and exchange of maritime digital information to improve the safety and efficiency of maritime transport. It heard that the use of Maritime Resource Names (.mrn) will be needed for the development of globally-harmonised data models to enable implementation of digital maritime services under the IMO e-Navigation Strategic Implementation Plan.

F-35s arrive in the UK
08 June 2018

Illustrations MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

The first of Britain's new advanced aircraft flew into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk in eastern England. They touched down on the evening of 6 June after a trans-Atlantic flight from the United States, where Britain has more of the jets and 150 personnel in training. The F-35s took off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort earlier in the day, and were flown by British pilots of the newly-reformed 617 Squadron, which was immortalised by the famous Dambusters' raid of the Second World War.
The F-35s' arrival in the UK two months ahead of schedule provides an opportunity for support staff to get a head-start in preparing the aircraft ready for operational service at the end of this year.

Dassault Aviation pays tribute to Serge Dassault 1925-2018
06 June 2018

Serge Dassault 1925-2018

Under Serge Dassault's leadership, Dassault Aviation consistently developed and implemented a policy aimed at adapting to new market realities. He led the Company to rise to the challenges of the 21st century. Under his terms emerged innovative aircraft meeting the new customers' requirements, notably the modernized Super-Étendard, the Mirages 2000-5 and 2000D and Rafale for combat aircraft, and the Falcons 2000, 900EX, 50EX, 900C and multi-mission Falcons with the Falcon family of business jets.
Under his impetus, and with the help of Charles Edelstenne, he restructured and modernized the industrial tool while maintaining the company's social model. Notably, Serge Dassault ensured that every employee could benefit from the efforts made by distributing an incentive and a profit-sharing each year far in excess of what the law provided for.

Wider international cooperation on maritime digitalization and e-navigation
04 June 2018

The Danish Maritime Authority widens the international work on digitalization and e-navigation and enters into a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Korea (ROK), Sweden, Australia and the People's Republic of China (PRC).
This was reported by DMA from Seoul on 4 June. Up until this date Denmark has had cooperation agreements (MoU) on enavigation with the ROK and Sweden, but in order to strengthen the focus on digitalization in the maritime sector, the cooperation is now widened to include Australia and the PRC.

01 June 2018

The President, Officers and member organisations congratulate Paul Ridgway, our association's editor, on his being sworn in as a Younger Brother of Trinity House with effect from 1 May 2018.

30 May 2018

ION GNSS+ is the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services. This year's conference will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, discuss current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.
ION GNSS+ 2018 will take place 24-28 September, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.

New President plots course for The Nautical Institute
30 May 2018

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Captain Nick Nash (illustrated) has pledged to help in its efforts to improve standards of shiphandling and bridge resource management (BRM). The election took place on 23 May.
Captain Nash is Senior Master for Carnival Corporation's 144,000gt, 3650 passenger vessel Royal Princess. He also teaches at the group's simulator training facility in Amsterdam, where he is a part-time lecturer on BRM and Shiphandling. The Institute has recently published a Shiphandling logbook aimed at providing users with an essential tool to help them manage the development of their skills and take advantage of training opportunities.

VSTEP introduces new fishing module
29 May 2018

From Rotterdam on 28 May VSTEP announced the forthcoming release of its new NAUTIS fishing module simulator, enabling effective training in fishing vessels and allowing fishermen (under training) to strengthen their skills in catch scenarios. Trainees will be able to engage in all aspects such as searching, catching and handling of fish, while at the same time familiarising themselves with vessel manoeuvring.
It is reported that the NAUTIS Fishing Module will allow trainees to train in realistic scenarios and gain a better understanding of modern fishing methods. Trainees will be able to operate an array of fishing vessels, including a stern trawler, a long liner and jigging vessels. Ability to train purse seine, pelagic and pair trawling, long lining and jigging will also be included in the module. In this way, future fishermen will be better prepared to react in different environments and weather, it is understood.

Schiphol now a Collaborative Decision Making airport
28 May 2018

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager has welcomed Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as the 28th full A-CDM (Airport - Collaborative Decision Making) airport. Amsterdam Schiphol is the last major hub airport in Europe to be connected to the Network Manager (NM) systems. It is also the first one to have used EUROCONTROL's business-to-business (B2B) web services from the start. Now that Amsterdam Schiphol is fully A-CDM, the amount of traffic sending departure planning information (DPI) in the EUROCONTROL zone reaches 45%. NM is already working with a number of airports in anticipation of arriving at the 50% margin.
Congratulations have been sent by EUROCONTRTOL to colleagues at Schiphol Airport that have made a major effort to make this happen, working jointly with the operating airlines, LVNL and the EUROCONTROL NM team to make this happen.

ICAO concludes worldwide series of Safety Management Symposiums in Kigali, Rwanda
28 May 2018

While visiting Kigali, President Aliu (above, left) had the opportunity to present Ambassador Claver Gatete (right), Rwanda's Minister of Infrastructure, with a Council President Certificate of Recognition for the commendable recent progress Rwanda has made in meeting the Effective Implementation requirements measured by the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).

It was reported simultaneously from Montréal and Kigali on 22 May that ICAO is continuing its worldwide series of Regional Safety Management Symposiums and Workshops this time in Kigali, Rwanda. These gatherings promote the use of risk-based aviation safety approaches by ICAO Member States in the UN agency's African Regions.
In the words of ICAO Council President Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu: 'We have embarked on this Safety Management Symposium in order to help ensure that your governments are ready and able to optimize the full socio-economic benefits of forecast air traffic growth, and to continue to develop safe, secure, efficient and sustainable aviation systems. No African country or economy should be left behind where this potential for future prosperity is concerned.'

Almarin at IALA Conference 2018
24 May 2018

The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) will hold its prestigious quadrennial IALA Conference from 27 May to 2 June in Incheon (Republic of Korea).
Almarin, an IALA industrial member, will exhibit and present its latest development in marine aids to navigation for the marking of rivers. This innovative buoy (illustrated), which works as a fixed and floating mark, is designed for rivers or channels with a large amplitude of water level variation while maintaining a high precision when water levels are low. It has been developed by Almarin in conjunction with the Port Authority of Douro e Leixões (APDL) and Instituto Hidrográfico de Portugal.

MSC news: Danish-Swedish routeing & Autonomous ships
22 May 2018

Photo: DMA ©

On 21 May the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) reported that the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has approved a joint Danish-Swedish proposal for new ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak. It is understood that this work is already in progress and the new routes will be in place from 1 July 2020.
IMO has approved the new ship routes in Kattegat and Skagerrak following a proposal from Denmark and Sweden. This step is necessary due to the much larger size of ships navigating the straits today compared to the ships for which the route systems were originally designed.

News was received that when underway the MSC would be looking at how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) may be introduced in IMO instruments. Work in this session was expected to focus on the framework of the regulatory exercise (that is the instruments to be considered) and a plan of work, including expected deliverables, coordination mechanisms and future work. It is anticipated that a Working Group will be established to develop a plan of work and terms of reference for an intersessional correspondence or working group.

New CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping
17 May 2018

Bob Sanguinetti

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping. He was until recently CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority, where he was credited with delivering significant growth in vessel traffic following a series of wide-reaching initiatives. Previously he had served in the Royal Navy.
Sanguinetti said: 'I am delighted to be appointed to this prestigious role at a time when shipping is so central to the political agenda. The UK Chamber team deserve great credit for their work in recent years, and I am determined that we build on the solid foundation created under Guy Platten's leadership.'

Britain and France sign agreement for test pilot exchange
17 May 2018

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and French Minister of the Armed Forces Mme Florence Parly held the first Defence Ministerial Council - photo MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
This reciprocal exchange of personnel ensures that the skills of military flight test, analysis and capability enhancement are shared, strengthening the relationship - photo MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

On 17 May Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and French Minister of the Armed Forces Mme Florence Parly held the first Defence Ministerial Council since the announcement of a permanent and regular forum for the discussion of UK-France defence cooperation in January 2018.
During the meeting a bespoke technical arrangement which will oversee the exchange of test pilots between the two nations was signed. This agreement formalises an exchange enabling French pilots to train at the UK Empire Test Pilots' School based at MOD Boscombe Down, and British pilots to train at the French Test Pilots' School, Ecole du Personnel Navigant d'Essais et de Reception on the Istres Le Tube airbase.

19th IALA Conference pre-registration
14 May 2018

The 19th IALA Conference Secretariat has extended the pre-registration period to the 18th of May 2018.

IAAC guest workshop: Modern Gain-Scheduling by Convex Optimization
10 May 2018

Professor Moshe Idan, IAAC President, reports that this event will be held on 21 May, in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia. The workshop will be delivered by Professor Carsten W Scherer from University of Stuttgart, Germany, and will be supplemented by a lecture by Dr Maxim Kristalny from Rafael-ADA.
For more details and the registration form readers are invited to visit http://iaac.technion.ac.il

MUAC implements additional sectors in Netherlands airspace
09 May 2018

The Delta sector in the western part of MUAC airspace
Three-layer sectorisation in the Delta sector

It was announced at the end of April that EUROCONTROL's Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) had implemented a third vertical sector layer in the western part of its airspace, in The Netherlands. The purpose of this airspace redesign is to increase capacity in the Delta sector by creating new sector configurations based on three layers instead of the previous two.
The three layers consist of a low sector (from flight level 245 to 335 [that is 24,500-33,500ft]), a middle sector (from flight level 335 to 365 [33,500-36,500ft]) and a high sector (extending from flight level 365 to 660 [36,500-66,000ft]). This new vertical division allows for a better distribution of workload in the Delta sector and thus ensures a safer and more sustainable service, it is reported by EUROCONTROL.

UK Space Agency leads work on options for an independent satellite system
07 May 2018

London pictured from the International Space Station - photo: ESA/Tim Peake ©

According to a recent statement the UK Space Agency will lead work to develop options for a British Global Navigation Satellite System. This was confirmed by the Government on 2 May as it develops options for a British Global Navigation Satellite System.
It is reported that the UK is already a world-leader in developing atellite technology, building 40% of the world's small satellites and one in four commercial telecommunications satellites. Down the years UK companies have made a critical contribution to the EU Galileo programme, building the payloads for the satellites and developing security systems. The taskforce will draw on this experience and expertise as it develops plans for an innovative system that could deliver on the UK's security needs and provide commercial services.
The recent Blackett review estimated that a failure of navigation satellite service could cost the UK economy £1 billion a day. Resilient and secure positioning, navigation and timing information is increasingly essential for defence, critical national infrastructure and emergency response.

US 2nd Fleet to be established
07 May 2018

US Navy photograph of the carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) and ships assigned to the Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) transiting the Atlantic Ocean on 16 February while conducting composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) to evaluate the group's ability to carry out sustained operations from the sea, ultimately certifying the HSTCSG for deployment. - photo kindly provided by USN ©

It was reported from Norfolk, Virginia, on 4 May that Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, had announced that day the establishment of US 2nd Fleet during a change of command ceremony for US Fleet Forces Command (USFF) in Norfolk.
Second Fleet will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and northern Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will train, certify and provide maritime forces to respond to global contingencies. Commander, 2nd Fleet will report to USFF.

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