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GSC'19
18 March 2019

Moshe Idan, IAAC President, advises readers the deadline for submissions is 23 March.
At GSC'19 graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results. These meetings provide an opportunity for students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry, as well as to become acquainted with the work of their peers.


GPS rollover
18 March 2019

Illustration ESA ©.

In a notice of 12 March IALA informed its members that the GPS Week Number will be rolling over on 6 April. It is understood that this could lead to errors in both GPS position and time for some GPS receivers, or systems such as AIS, using GPS. This should not affect newer equipment, or equipment that has had regular firmware updates from the manufacturer. While the date of the rollover is identified as 6 April 2019, some equipment may rollover on a different date depending on the implementation in the manufacturer's firmware. Most manufacturers are aware of the rollover and have provided information on their websites.


ESA joins with business to invent the future of navigation
08 March 2019

The Galileo constellation. The complete Galileo constellation will consist of 24 satellites along three orbital planes, plus two spare satellites per orbit. The result will be Europe's largest-ever fleet, providing worldwide navigation coverage. - Pic Id 314354; Released 18/07/2014 9:00 am; Copyright ESA-P. Carril ESA ©

Quietly, PNT has evolved into an invisible but essential utility, serving many more sectors than simply transport. The system synchronisation delivered by satellite-based PNT underpins global communications, banking and power systems. As economic and social dependence on PNT continues to grow, the need is becoming clear to integrate satnav with other, complementary PNT methods - as a means of enhancing service resilience across a wide variety of sectors.
That is where ESA's new Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP) comes in. With more than 90 separate activities being undertaken to date, NAVISP is working with European businesses and researchers to develop innovative and competitive PNT technologies and services, as well as supporting ESA Member States in their national PNT objectives.


The 2020 VTS-ENAV Symposium
06 March 2019

The 2020 VTS-ENAV Symposium, themed Enhanced Maritime Safety and Efficiency by Connectivity, will be held 25 to 29 May 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Symposium Steering Committee invites interested parties to submit abstracts of proposed presentations for the VTS-ENAV Symposium, on any of the topics listed below, or on any other topic considered to be in alignment with the theme of the Symposium.


How to become involved in ESA's space programmes
06 March 2019

Illustrations ESA ©

On 6 March ESA published an invitation to space and non-space-based companies, from start-ups to large system integrators, to get involved in its space programmes. ESA's Industry portal is an important resource to guide those interested through this process. Most business opportunities with ESA are published through the 'EMITS' system.


Discovering our universe - Share your views
04 March 2019

What do YOU think are the most important questions that ESA's future missions should tackle? Now is your chance to tell ESA. This invitation was issued by the Agency on 4 March.
Günther Hasinger, ESA Director of Science, is inviting the public to share their views on the questions that Voyage 2050, ESA's space science programme for the 20352050 time frame, should address. This public consultation opened on 4 March and will run until the end of June 2019. This is the first time that ESA invites the public to be involved in this process, it is reported.


ION GNSS+ abstracts deadline
25 February 2019

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Institute of Navigation's (ION) ION GNSS+ 2019 Conference is Friday, March 1, 2019.
Submit your abstract today for ION GNSS+ 2019: GNSS + Other Sensors in Today's Marketplace, the 32nd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division. The conference will take place September 16-20, 2019 (Tutorials September 17) at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.
ION GNSS+ 2019 is the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services. It brings together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, update current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas.


Further flag States approve ADP products as SOLAS compliant
25 February 2019

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced in mid-February that two more flag States have approved the use of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) in place of their paper equivalents. Thailand- and Moldova-flagged vessels can now carry the full range of ADP products while continuing to meet SOLAS carriage requirements, it is reported. These are two of six flag States who have approved the use of ADP in the last six months. They join most of the world's leading flag States in drawing upon the benefits of the digital versions of trusted ADMIRALTY publications, helping to support safe and efficient navigation around the world.


Launching the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium
18 February 2019

On 8 February 2019, the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) was established with a signature ceremony during the conference e-Navigation Underway International 2019.
The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology, a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.
MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems. MCP is an open and vendor-neutral technology.


Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering awarded to the creators of the GPS
13 February 2019

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
The creators of GPS, from left to right: Richard Schwartz, Bradford Parkinson, James Spilker and Hugo Fruehauf

It was announced from London on 12 February 2019 that this year's Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) has been awarded to four engineers responsible for creating the first truly global, satellite-based positioning system - GPS.
The QEPrize is the world's most prestigious engineering accolade, a £1 million prize that celebrates the global impact of engineering innovation on humanity. The 2019 winners are Dr Bradford Parkinson, Professor James Spilker, Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz - announced on 12 February by Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal in London.
As we know the global positioning system represents a pioneering innovation which, for the first time, enabled free, immediate access to accurate position and timing information around the world. Today, an estimated four billion people around the world use GPS, and its applications range from navigation and disaster relief through to climate monitoring systems, banking systems, and the foundation of tomorrow's transport, agriculture, and industry.


Resource portal for resilient PNT
11 February 2019

If you know about the vulnerabilities associated with satellite navigation but don't know how to quantitatively assess your risks or how to judge which mitigation options to choose... you're not alone! The common questions include: What risks should I be most concerned about? How do I start assessing them for my system or application? Where can I find more information?
In response to these questions, the Royal Institute of Navigation has opened a resource portal bringing together helpful links and information


Port sets meeting on deepening project
11 February 2019

According to a report from the US on 8 February the public has been invited to a meeting on 13 February for the Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Feasibility Study and Channel Deepening Project. Participants will be able to submit comments and suggestions about the project.
A comprehensive feasibility study and joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for this project. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from the public regarding which environmental issues should be examined as part of the joint document.


Navigational assessment focus for issue 20 of The Navigator
06 February 2019

The 20th issue of The Navigator focuses on the importance of a navigational assessment and why it is different from an audit. This milestone edition of the free publication from The Nautical Institute is published this month (February) and available both in print and online.


ION announces annual award winners
06 February 2019

The (US) Institute of Navigation has announced winners of 2018 Annual Awards. This took place at the ION International Technical Meeting and Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications meeting held in Reston, Virginia from 28 to 31 January 2019.
The ION Annual Awards Programme is sponsored by The (US) Institute of Navigation to recognize individuals making significant contributions or demonstrating outstanding performance relating to the art and science of navigation.


MED 19 closing date for submission of papers
01 February 2019

Moshe Idan, IAAC President, reports that the deadline for submitting papers to the IAAC co-sponsored 27th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 19, to be held in Akko, Israel, on 1-4 July, 2019, is nearing. Closing date is 5 February 2019.
Readers are invited to visit the conference web site for full details, including the call for papers.


Nominations for the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea
01 February 2019

Do you know of a worthy recipient for the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea?
IMO is currently accepting nominations for exceptional acts of bravery performed at sea during the period 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019. Due to recent amendments to the Award Guidelines, nominations may now also involve displays of extraordinary seamanship skills in very difficult conditions or any other acts of outstanding courage.
The IMO circular letter is accompanied by the nomination form.


IAIN General Assembly minutes
01 February 2019

A General Assembly of the IAIN took place at 1445I on 27 November 2018 in Room 103 of the Makuhari Messe Conference Centre, Chiba, Japan. Minutes of the meeting and an annex are available.


GSC 2019 call for presentations
31 January 2019

The call for presentations for the annual workshop of graduate students, GSC '19, has been issued with a closing date of 23 March 2019. Graduate students in Systems and Control, from Israeli universities have been invited to present their latest research results.
These meetings provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry. At the same time they become acquainted with the work of their peers.


ESA's next Earth Explorer
31 January 2019

Using cutting-edge technology, Earth Explorer missions reveal new insights into how the oceans, cryosphere, atmosphere, land and Earth's interior work as a system. While science continues to reap the benefits of these missions, we are now in a new era where Earth observation is benefiting society at large. - Released 17/11/2015 4:01 pm. Copyright ESA © Id 350062
Simulated high-resolution ocean-surface currents as expected from ESA's Earth Explorer 9 candidate SKIM mission. These new measurements would improve our understanding of vertical and horizontal ocean-surface dynamics over the global ocean every few days. - Released 30/01/2019 9:20 am. Copyright ESA © Id 415830

According to the European Space Agency's news service on 30 January the date has been set for the Earth observation science community to come together and discuss the merits of the two satellite concepts competing to be ESA's next Earth Explorer: 16-17 July 2019.
It is understood that the series of Earth Explorer missions use innovative measurement techniques to yield new insight into different aspects of the Earth system and the interactions that bind the system as a whole.
ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, commented: 'These cutting-edge missions address questions that have a direct bearing on issues that humankind is facing now and will face in the future such as the availability of food, water, energy, natural resources, public health and climate change.'


New Year message from the President of IAIN
19 January 2019

to Fellow Members and visitors to our website:

The world is changing as the possibilities enabled by precise and secure positioning and timing are being realised: for example autonomy, artificial intelligence, data analytics and helpful applications on mobile devices.
As we move towards the third decade of the 21st Century, the IAIN and its member organisations are increasingly focusing expertise on how to solve the big challenges of our world. Think, for example, how positioning and navigation technology is helping to solve congestion in cities, improve safety of transportation and increase logistics efficiency.
IAIN facilitates working together, sharing perspectives and insights between like-minded institutions, organisations, and individuals across the globe. Together we can do more, delivering more meaningful benefits, more quickly and more sustainably.

We wish all those engaged in this important work a happy and healthy 2019.


John Pottle,
(Royal Institute of Navigation)
IAIN President

The full message can be found here


North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
17 January 2019

Illustration kindly provided by: www.northseaport.com©

Now that the UK Parliament has rejected the Brexit deal on 15 January, it is unclear what will be the consequences. North Sea Port is keeping a close eye on developments in order to anticipate how the situation will evolve and refer businesses to the proper channels. North Sea Port has been consulting with the companies who do business with the United Kingdom for quite some time. Preparations are being taken and information exchanged regarding stockpiling, Customs formalities, financial repercussions and the impact on IT.


A new strategy for cyber security in the Danish maritime sector
16 January 2019

On 16 January the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a new sectoral strategy for the shipping industry as part of the Danish government's national strategy for cyber and information security. The strategy contains a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening IT security and preventing cyber threats in the maritime sector.
The objective of the strategy is to ensure that safety in Danish waters and on board Danish ships is not compromised by cyber attacks. The responsibility for cyber and information security in the maritime sector lies with the Danish Maritime Authority. The new strategy covers navigational safety in Danish waters and safety on board Danish ships, including systems and software for operation, propulsion and navigation of the ship.
It is reported that the Danish Maritime Authority has established a dedicated Danish Maritime Cybersecurity Unit, which is to handle implementation of the strategy in practice.


Secretary-General of IMO to speak at the e-Navigation Underway
15 January 2019

Together with Francis Zachariae, Secretary General of IALA, HE Kitack Lim, Secretary General of IMO will attend the opening of the e-Navigation Underway International Conference. This ninth in the series e-Navigation Underway International conferences will take place from 6 to 8 February in the vessel Pearl Seaways en route Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen.
Under the theme Paving the Way for a Digital Maritime World this year's conference will focus on the benefits and barriers when implementing e-navigation technologies. As always, the e-Navigation Underway brings together stakeholders from all over the world and presents expert speakers from research, industry and governments.


Cape fires and cold Turkey
14 January 2019

Cape fires - released 11/01/2019 - copyright contains modified Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA ©
Cold Turkey - released 10/01/2019 - copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 ESA©

This Copernicus Sentinel-2B image shows blazes near Cape Town. South Africa's Western Cape often falls victim to fires during the dry hot summer months. The image from 6 January shown here indicates several blazes around the Kogelberg Nature Reserve to the east of Cape Town. Smoke from the fires can also be seen blowing across False Bay towards the Cape Peninsula in the extreme southwest of South Africa.

To go to the other extreme, more than 5000 statute miles to the north a cold snap has reached Turkey as shown in this Copernicus Sentinel-3 image from 9 January. The snow, which started falling in Turkey on 6 January, has led to villages in remote areas being cut off and the authorities having to close offices and schools.


The 2019 European Navigation Conference
12 January 2019

The 2019 European Navigation Conference will be held in Warsaw from 9 to 12 April.
Krzysztof Czaplewski, President of Polish Navigation Forum, Member of EUGIN Council, has sent the Invitation message here:
'On behalf of European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN) and Polish Navigation Forum (PNF), I invite you to participate in the next edition of European Navigation Conference (ENC). The conference is organised by the Polish Navigation Forum. PNF is a non-profit organisation, founded in the '80s, with the aim of association of people involved in development of the science of navigation. Since mid-nineties Forum is a member of EUGIN and consequently represents Polish navigation society out of the country. This is the second time Poland is hosting ENC conference participants. This time, we invite you to Warsaw.'


The Legal Session at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit
11 January 2019

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Legal Session at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, organized by BHO Legal in cooperation with the Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) at the University of the German Armed Forces.
The Munich Summit is one of the leading conferences on GNSS systems and applications. High-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and government provide participants with a broad overview and different perspectives on the latest developments in the field of GNSS.
The Legal Session, a unique event for GNSS conferences, provides insight on legal or regulatory developments regarding GNSS systems and applications on international, European or national levels.

The 2019 Summit will take place from 25-27 March in Munich, Germany at Alte Kongresshalle, Theresienhöhe 15, 80339 München. The Legal Session will take place on the afternoon of the second day, 26 March 2019.


NI launches DPO qualification for the renewables sector
11 January 2019

Captain John Lloyd, Nautical Institute CEO

The Nautical Institute has expanded its world-leading certification scheme for Dynamic Positioning Operators (DPOs) to include a qualification for seafarers operating in the renewables sector. This qualification is a response to the increasing need for specialist operators to work on jack-up barges needed to install wind turbines. This was reported on 7 January.
The Self-Elevating Platform (Jack-up) DP training is based on The Nautical Institute's established certification scheme. It uses the same logbook as the DP Offshore Scheme to record time spent on board the vessel. A separate task section has been developed in collaboration with employers in the renewable sector to meet the specific needs and challenges of the industry.


CASSCA conference rescheduled
09 January 2019

Due to the extended impasse between US Congressional leaders and the White House that has created a partial US government shutdown, it is with regret that the (US) Institute of Navigation (ION) has decided to postpone the Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference, scheduled to take place on 28 / 29 January 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia.
The CASSCA Conference has been rescheduled to be held on 16 / 17 September 2019 in Miami, Florida in parallel with ION GNSS+ 2019.


Register for ITM 2019 and PTTI 2019
03 January 2019

The early bird registration deadline is approaching. ITM/PTTI 2019 will be held January 28-31, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. To save $200 on registration rates for the ION International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting (PTTI), complete your registration by Friday, January 4.
Book your hotel room by Friday, January 4 to take advantage of the discounted conference rate - plus, save an additional $200 by staying in the conference hotel.
The cutoff date to take advantage of the special ITM/PTTI 2019 room rate is Friday, January 4.


The R.A.F. at this year's Qatar National Day display
27 December 2018

1 - Qatar's Display Team in front of the Doha Corniche. - 2 - RAF Typhoons, as they transit Doha Bay participating in this year's Qatar National Day Airshow. Three Typhoon FGR4s from N° 29 Squadron, RAF Coningsby, flew to Doha for the Qatari National Day flypast. - 3 - Two Qatar Amiri Air Force (QAAF) C130 Hercules popping flares over the Corniche during their flypast. - 4 - A Typhoon taking off for a flypast rehearsal in Doha. - photographs MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Shortly before the Festive Break it was reported by the (UK) Ministry of Defence that three RAF Typhoons took part in this year's Qatar National Day flypast in the nation's capital, Doha. The aircraft, flown and maintained by 29 Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby, (Lincolnshire, E. England) flew as guests of the Qatar Amiri Air Force (QAAF) alongside French and American aircraft in the multinational display. In the preceding days, 29 Squadron operated alongside their QAAF colleagues, who fly the Dassault Mirage 2000.


The IMO Maritime Safety Committee 100th session
26 December 2018

Photo kindly provided by IMO (www.imo.org)©

On 7 December IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) completed its landmark 100th session with progress on a number of topics.
These are: (i) a regulatory scoping exercise on maritime autonomous surface ships; (ii) approval of revised guidelines on fatigue and further updates on work on goal-based standards, (iii) polar shipping and (iv) safety issues relating to low-sulphur fuel.
In a special session with invited speakers future technologies and the continued role of the seafarer were discussed. A new IMO safety video was launched, highlighting the wide spectrum of work the MSC has undertaken over 60 years to enhance safety and security at sea, including aspects of navigation, cargoes, ship construction, seafarer training, search and rescue and communications, to name a few examples.
HRH The Princess Royal visited IMO HQ on 5 December (illustrated). She was received by Secretary-General Kitack Lim and addressed the 100th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and took a keen interest in the proceedings as the Committee discussed measures to enhance maritime security particularly with regard to piracy and armed robbery against ships.


EUROCONTROL and DECEA successfully exchange flight data
22 December 2018

Illustration reproduced by kind courtesy of EUROCONTROL and DECEA©

On 21 November a highly ambitious project conceived over two years ago was finally cleared for take-off, as the EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) confirmed the reception and processing of FSA (First System Activation) data from Brazil by its ETFMS (Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System) operational system. This was reported by Eurostar shortly before the Festive break.
Although the idea of data exchange between EUROCONTROL and Brazil was first floated in 2016, it was not until 17 October this year (2018) that FSAs from DECEA, Brazil's Department of Airspace Control, reached EUROCONTROL's testing platform, before full confirmation that total data exchange would be possible almost a year later.


Hamburger Pilots' Choir
22 December 2018

Captain Dieter Wulf informs us the Hamburg Pilots' Choir will perform their traditional New Year concert in St Gertrude's Church, (St Gertrudkirche in Altenwerder), Altenwerder, Querweq, Hamburg on Sunday 6 January 2019 at 1700 hrs.
Tickets cost € 12,00 and are available at the door.


Industry, European efforts featured at PNT Advisory Board meeting
12 December 2018

Reproduced by kind permission of Inside GNSS ©
In addition to regularly expected updates for GPS systems and U.S. government activities, this week's meeting of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board included discussions with industry representatives and officials from Europe.
Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia, and Jeremy Warriner, Director of Government Systems at Microsemi, discussed the industry's readiness to help secure GNSS receivers with anti-jam and anti-spoof technology, and protect signals with interference detection systems.


The GLAs' Differential GPS user survey
11 December 2018

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland - Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Commissioners of Irish Lights - operate 14 Differential Global Positioning System (GPS) reference stations which provide corrections to GPS, thereby enabling greater positional accuracy and integrity in the user's position.
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.


The 1st International Shipmasters' Congress
10 December 2018

IFSMA, the International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations, and CMMI, the Company of Master Mariners of India, cordially invite all members of the maritime / marine scientific and professional community to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations at ISC '19, the International Shipmasters' Congress 2019, which is scheduled to be held from 25 to 27 September 2019 at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India addressing the theme Future Skills Requirements for a Digitized Maritime Industry.
ISC '19 is organized enjoys the kind support of the Indian Ministry of Shipping, the Indian Maritime University, the HSB / City University of Applied Sciences and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
IFSMA is most grateful to HE Kitack Lim, the Secretary General of IMO, who kindly agreed to be the patron of the 2019 International Shipmasters' Congress.


Resilient Navigation for a Dangerous World
04 December 2018

The theme of the triennial World Congress of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) in Chiba, Japan this year is "Science, Technology, and Practice to Resilient Navigation."
RNT Foundation President Dana A. Goward's keynote address "Resilient Navigation for a Dangerous World" asserted that, in addition to enjoying all the benefits of GNSS technology, users and governments alike should actively safeguard these essential services.


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