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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.


Congratulations
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.


ION GNSS+
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.


Asia-Pacific e-Navigation underway
30 April 2018

Take a look at the tentative schedule and programme.
And the registration page.


ESA Sentinel-3B liftoff
29 April 2018

photo Id 393025: ESA ©

The second Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite, Sentinel-3B, lifted off on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 1757 GMT (1957 CEST) on 25 April.
Sentinel-3B joins its twin, Sentinel-3A, in orbit. The pairing of identical satellites provides the best coverage and data delivery for Europe's Copernicus programme - the largest environmental monitoring programme in the world.
These satellites carry the same suite of advanced instruments to measure oceans, land, ice and atmosphere. While these data are fed primarily into the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service, all the Copernicus services benefit to produce knowledge and information products in near-real time for a wide range of applications.


19th IALA Conference, Korea
29 April 2018

Check the latest programme.


Beyond GNSS - UK Efforts to Combat PNT Vulnerability
18 April 2018

USS Constellation

News has been received of the RNT Foundation Reception and Annual Meeting in USS Constellation in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
The evening includes:
- Guided tours of the USS Constellation, built 1854;
- Reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer;
- Special Presentation: Beyond GNSS-UK Efforts to Combat PNT Vulnerability-2018 by Professor David Last.
Professor Last will be speaking about the 2018 Blackett Review about dependencies on satellite derived time and position, the 2017 London Economics report about the cost of disruption of GNSS services, the new MarRINav project, and other steps the UK is taking to eliminate GNSS as a single point of failure for their national economy and security.


Modern Gain-Scheduling by Convex Optimization
16 April 2018

This event will be held on 21 May 2018, in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia, Israel.
The workshop will be delivered by Prof Carsten W Scherer from University of Stuttgart, and will be supplemented by a lecture from Dr Maxim Kristalny from Rafael-ADA.
An early registration discount is offered up to 13 May.


GSC'18
16 April 2018

Prof Moshe Idan of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Technion IIT in Haifa has informed us of GSC'18 - the annual meeting of graduate students in the field of Control and Systems Theory.
This event, organized by Dr Shai Arogeti, will be held on 23 April at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Building 51 (Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology), Room 105.
This meeting will provide a great opportunity for graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from the industry, as well as to become acquainted with the work of their peers.


Allied precision strike
14 April 2018

Photos: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

At 0200 UK time on 14 April, British forces joined close Allies (US and France) in a precision strike on Syrian installations involved in the use of chemical weapons.
The UK element of the carefully coordinated joint action was contributed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s. They launched Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility - a former missile base - some 15 miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.


EfficienSea2 - Maritime world ready for a technology jump
12 April 2018

In week ending 7 April when EfficienSea2 hosted the project's final conference in Copenhagen, the debate and presentations all centred around the same theme: Rapid technological development in the maritime world.
Andreas Nordseth, Director General at the Danish Maritime Authority, told the guests at the beginning of the conference: 'We are showing the world that we are ready to move ahead and address the big opportunity in front of us. We have come to a time where everyone in the maritime world has started to realise that it is indeed a fantastic time we are living in. We are at the doorstep of a new maritime technology jump.'


Interaction Between Offshore Wind Farms and Maritime Navigation
07 April 2018

PIANC or the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure announced early in April that its MarCom Working Group report 161, Interaction Between Offshore Wind Farms and Maritime Navigation, has been released.
The objective of this report is to provide information and recommendations on good practice. Conformity is not obligatory and engineering judgement should be used in its application, especially in special circumstances. This report should be seen as an expert guidance and state of the art on this particular subject.
PIANC disclaims all responsibility in case this report should be presented as an official standard.


The Royal Air Force 1918-2018
06 April 2018

The Front of House Theatre Company

Sunday 1 April marked 100 years to the day since the Royal Air Force was formed. The award-winning RAF Museum in NW London hosted over 15,000 visitors across the weekend 1-2 April with a series of activities and events to mark this historic event.
Visitors to the Museum were treated to theatre, family activities and a special appearance from the RAF Baton Relay team.
The Front of House Theatre Company (illustrated) breathed life into some of the amazing stories set among the Museum's First World War exhibition. Visitors were able to talk to and interact with actors in character representing the voices of the men and women that are part of the RAF Story.
At the close of the day, serving RAF personnel carried the RAF100 Baton into the Museum grounds. The Baton is being carried across the country and around the world, visiting 100 locations in 100 days. The relay started on Sunday (1 April) in central London and the team of RAF runners were met at the Museum by the Museum's CEO Maggie Appleton who ran the last leg of the relay with the team.


Historic images released by MoD to mark Royal Air Force centenary
06 April 2018

WAAF plotters at work in the underground Operations Room at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, NW London. A senior officer studies the unfolding events from the viewing deck above - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

To mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air force, the (UK) Ministry of Defence have brought together a series of impressive photographs, showing the development of the Service, and its people, across the years. The images in the collection, offer an amazing insight into the RAF, showing snapshots of the people and equipment that have enabled successful operations from the air over the last century.
Harland Quarrington the MOD's Chief Photographer offered his thoughts: 'This was truly a challenging but hugely rewarding task, often it proved massively difficult to identify the history of an image. In many cases a tail number, or Squadron crest would be the only clues, but we stuck at it and with the help of our RAF friends managed to finalise this wonderful package - we are very proud of the results and of the Royal Air Force.'
Here we publish with grateful thanks to the MOD media service and the Air Historical Branch a representative selection of the pictures showing the first half century of the RAF.

Squadron Commander EH Dunning attempting to land his Sopwith Pup (N6453) on the flight deck of HMS Furious for the second time on 7 August 1917, five days after his first success - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A De Haviland Mosquito FB.VIs of 248 Squadron attacking a German 'M' Class minesweeper and two trawler-type auxiliaries in the mouth of the Gironde River, off Royan, France, on 12 August 1944. Bombs can be seen straddling the vessel, which later blew up - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
The Coronation Review of the Royal Air Force by HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her coronation earlier that year - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
For the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1960, a unique line-up of RAF fighters from the Battle of Britain to the present day (in 1960) - photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©


Fang Liu reappointed Secretary General of ICAO
05 April 2018

The ICAO Council has reappointed Dr Fang Liu of China as Secretary General of the UN Specialized Agency for a second three-year term.

It was announced from Montréal on 16 March that the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had reappointed Dr Fang Liu of the People's Republic of China as Secretary General of the UN Specialized Agency for a second three-year term, beginning 1 August 2018.
Dr Liu commented: 'It is my great honour to accept this re-appointment and to continue to drive the transformational changes I have begun across ICAO and its Regional Offices in order to make this a more streamlined and efficient UN specialized agency leading such a dynamic sector.'


ICAO Secretary General encourages greater participation of representatives of general aviation
05 April 2018

ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu opened the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association's (IAOPA) World Assembly in Queenstown, New Zealand, during the week commencing 25 March, where she took advantage of the opportunity to encourage representatives of general aviation to be more proactive in their ongoing contributions to ICAO's work.
Dr Liu explained: 'ICAO remains fully committed to safeguarding the fundamental global interoperability of civil aviation, a key aspect of why aircraft operations have become such an incredible force for peace and economic prosperity in the world. However, when civil aviation authorities fail to take into account the differences between commercial air transport and general aviation, the results can too often be the over-regulation of the general aviation sector.'


iTEC partners and EUROCONTROL to develop interoperability capabilities
04 April 2018

From left: Enrique Maurer, Chair of the iTEC Board/Steering Group, and John Santurbano, Director of EUROCONTROL MUAC, signing the MoU.

It was reported from Madrid last month that EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, through its Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), and the Founding Members of the iTEC Collaboration, some of Europe's largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP's), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop components that will enable interoperability between their respective Air Traffic Management systems and help deliver a Single European Sky.
This MoU will see the two organisations jointly develop the Flight Object Manager (FOM) and the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Node that will underpin the future exchange of flight trajectory data. Sharing of this data is essential to deliver the SESAR concept of operations outlined in the European ATM Master plan and meet the growing demand for air travel in Europe in a safe and efficient way.


EUROCONTROL Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System Outage
04 April 2018

'At present, we are carrying out a full investigation regarding the outage, the implementation of the contingency procedure and the recovery phase, in order to ensure that we identify all necessary improvements and implement them. The trigger event for the outage has been identified and measures have been put in place to ensure no reoccurrence.'


Vietnam Airlines celebrates eleventh Airbus A350 and 15 years of Vietnam-France air services
31 March 2018

On 28 March it was announced from Paris that Vietnam Airlines had celebrated the delivery of its eleventh Airbus A350-900 XWB at a ceremony in Orly airport (Paris). In the presence of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong the celebration also coincided with the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France.
Vietnam Airlines is the first and only airline in Vietnam's history to launch direct services to France which helps to improve aviation strategy and strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Vietnam Airlines is the only airline in Vietnam and the second in the world to successfully operate the most modern new-generation A350-900 XWB when it received the first delivery in 2015. This A350 fleet allows Vietnam Airlines to complete intercontinental long-haul services which is a key factor to the success of the airline in the region.
Since its establishment, Vietnam Airlines has put Europe at the heart of its operation and identified France as the main market and gateway to Europe. This strategic approach started in 1994 when Vietnam Airlines laid the foundation by opening a Vietnam Airlines representative office in France and began operating flights to Paris via Dubai by Boeing 767 ten years later.


ESA re-entry expertise
30 March 2018

Each year, about 100 tonnes of defunct satellites, uncontrolled spacecraft, spent upper stages and discarded items like instrument covers are dragged down by Earth's upper atmosphere, ending their lives in flaming arcs across the sky. This news was reported in a communiqué issued by the European Space Agency on 30 March.
While still in orbit, these and many other objects are tracked by a US military radar network, which shares the data with ESA, since Europe has no such capability of its own.
It is the task of ESA's Space Debris team to look at these data and issue updates to ESA Member States and partner civil authorities around the globe.
In the words of Holger Krag, head of ESA's Space Debris Office: 'With our current knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, we are not able to make very precise predictions. There will always be an uncertainty of a few hours in all predictions - even just days before the re-entry, the uncertainty window can be very large. The high speeds of returning satellites mean they can travel thousands of kilometres during that time window, and that makes it very hard to predict a precise location of re-entry.'


Connectivity at sea
29 March 2018

The Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries and Intelsat, shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry.
According to the report, more seafarers than ever have access to connectivity. Some 75% of seafarers can now use the Internet at sea, which is a rise of 32% or over half a million more crew (520,000, to be exact) since the last survey three years ago. Futurenautics Maritime conducted the first survey in 2012, in an effort to provide data of value to the maritime industry.


Univ. of Southampton needs a full time Lecturer in Transportation
28 March 2018

A notice has been received from Dr Simon Blainey, Lecturer in Transportation at the Transportation Research Group, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton.
He writes: 'This is an exciting opportunity to join the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at its new Boldrewood Innovation Campus in Southampton. This post is associated with the Transportation Group, a multidisciplinary group founded in 1967 and recognised worldwide as a leading University centre for research, teaching and knowledge exchange in transportation.'


Allied Maritime Command hosts Allied Operational Commanders
28 March 2018

Vice-Admiral Clive Johnstone NATO Maritime Commander at Northwood - photo: NATO ©

On 23 March it was reported from Northwood, NW London, that Fleet Commanders from Allied and Partnership for Peace nations and senior NATO command representatives had met there for the annual Maritime Operational Commanders Conference (MOCC) two days previously. This conference serves as a platform to openly discuss maritime topics to enhance cooperation across the maritime domain and increase cohesion of effort while providing value back to national navies.


Transas acquired by Wärtsilä
19 March 2018

Transas Collaborative Decision Making Platform uniting Ship, Fleet Operations, Training and Ship Traffic Control

Wärtsilä, a global technology group headquartered in Finland, announced on 19 March that it has acquired Transas, an innovative, digital solutions provider headquartered in the UK.
This acquisition is a recognition of Transas' strong position in the maritime technologies market and its technological leadership. The transaction will allow Transas to work within a global maritime company in delivering its solutions, bringing scale and value to the industry in need of innovation leadership.


DMA conference on digitalisation 5/6 April
18 March 2018

The Danish Maritime Authority is hosting the final conference of the EU-funded digitalisation project EfficienSea2 on 5/6 April. Efficiensea2 has seen 32 partners from 12 countries collaborating since 2015 to create a more digital maritime world, focusing on developing new communication platforms, international IT-standards and digital services. The project supports the effort recently initiated by the Danish Government through a plan for maritime growth and a digital strategy.
At the project's final conference in Copenhagen on 5-6 April the resolutions arrived at and communication platforms delivered will be presented and demonstrated. High level representatives from BIMCO, IALA and the Danish Maritime Authority will also discuss the strategic perspectives of the project.


GSC'18 - a reminder
17 March 2018

Moshe Idan, IAAC President, sends a reminder that the deadline for submissions to GSC'18 is nearing. "Please find the call for presentations for GSC'18 - the 2018 annual workshop of Graduate Students in Systems and Control, where graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results. These meetings provide an opportunity for the graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry, as well as get acquainted with the work of their peers."
The deadline for submissions is 23 March, 2018.


Submarines USS Hartford, USS Connecticut surface together within the Arctic Circle
14 March 2018

US Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee/Released ©

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) and Seawolfclass fast attack submarine, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) both surfaced within the Arctic Circle on 10 March 10 during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018 north of Alaska. Both fast-attack submarines as well as HMS Trenchant (S91), are participating in the biennial exercise in the Arctic to train and validate warfighting capabilities of submarines in extreme cold-water conditions. ICEX provides the US Submarine Force and partners from the Royal Navy an opportunity to test combat and weapons, sonar, communications and navigation systems in a challenging operational environment. Furthermore, the unique acoustic undersea environment is further compounded by the presence of a contoured, reflective ice canopy when submerged.


Mumbles Lighthouse modernisation completed
14 March 2018

Mumbles Lighthouse, South Wales
A generator being winched from the Trinity House vessel Galatea
The LED light source

Trinity House has completed the modernisation of Mumbles Lighthouse in South Wales, upgrading the site's aids to navigation and control systems to provide simplified maintenance and reliable performance that will extend the life of the station for a further 20 years. This upgrade included refurbishing the solar and power system that supports the new main and standby 15 nautical mile LED lights: two equal range lights which maintain the safety service to the mariner in the event of a failure.
Mumbles is an island several hundred metres off-shore with one of the UK's largest tidal ranges, with no proper boat landing and a rocky foreshore. Two days of busy helicopter operations delivered numerous loads of equipment and materials, including five cabins, 6,000 litres of fuel and 12,000 litres of water which enabled the site to be established and facilities to be built allowing staff to stay on station, which enabled the welfare and navigational upgrade phases to commence.


Highlights from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018
13 March 2018

The 2018 MWC held in Barcelona attracted more than 107,000 visitors, including 7,700 CEOs, from 205 countries and territories worldwide. GSMA Europe organised and facilitated a comprehensive programme for senior delegates from the EU institutions:
- At the 5th GSMA Europe-EIF high-level roundtable, entitled 'The Global 5G Promise', legislators, regulators and industry leaders discussed the forthcoming 5G revolution.
- The European Parliament delegation visited MWC exhibition stands, including those of DT, Orange, Telefónica, Huawei, Nokia, InterDigital and Samsung.
- Vice President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Gabriel also attended MWC, where they visited the exhibition, the GSMA Innovation City and participated in a roundtable discussion with the CEOs of European mobile operators. In addition, VP Ansip joined the Ministerial Programme panel 'Supporting the Transition to 5G' and delivered a keynote on The Future of the Industry: Transatlantic Digital Policy and Regulation. Commissioner Gabriel joined the Trans-Atlantic Policy Dialogue.
- The GSMA Europe-BEREC Roundtable provided an excellent opportunity for the heads of European operators and other industry executives to discuss regulatory developments and the challenges ahead.
- Finally, the GSMA Government Leadership Award went to Estonia. Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, presented the award to Urve Palo, the Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.

MWC 2019 will be held on 25-28 February in Barcelona.


Avionics Test Centre, Denmark
12 March 2018

With the F-35 fighter aircraft being introduced in Europe currently, there is a growing need to establish European regional maintenance capabilities.
Terma has substantial expertise and experience in developing, designing, and manufacturing electronic components and software to industries and customers within the international defence market.
Scandinavian Avionics has substantial expertise and experience within the areas of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of avionics components for both civil and military aircraft and helicopters.
In practice, Terma and Scandinavian Avionics will:
- Jointly, as one team, provide a proposal on support of F-35 avionics toward the F-35 Programme Office;
- Seek mutual MRO possibilities on the EH-101 helicopter, UH-60R Seahawk, and C-130;
- Jointly invest in depot stand-up capability and seek possibilities to establish the facility in close cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Defence.


ION GNSS +2018
12 March 2018

Abstracts are invited for ION GNSS+ 2018: GNSS + Other Sensors in Today's Marketplace, the 31st International Technical Meeting of the ION Satellite Division taking place from 24 to 28 September 2018 (with Tutorials on 24 to 25 September) at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.
ION GNSS+ 2018 is the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services and will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, update current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas. Note: This year ION GNSS+ 2018 features two unique tracks, each with different abstract and manuscript submission requirements.


2018 Young Aviation Professional Participants Announced
12 March 2018

The 2018 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP) participants were welcomed to Montréal by ICAO, Airports Council International and IATA on 26 February 2018. From left to right: Ms. Karine Ung, Ms. Monika Kopoczy?ska, ACI World's Director General Ms. Angela Gittens, ICAO's Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, IATA's Senior Vice-President for Safety and Flight Operations Mr. Gilberto Lopez-Meyer, and Ms. Valentina Chamrai.

The Young Aviation Professionals Programme is a special development programme targeted for the next generation of aviation professionals. It is led by ICAO in conjunction with IATA and ACI. The twelve-month annual programme is open to candidates who have advanced university qualifications and a minimum of two years professional working experience in aviation-related regulatory activities and/or the air transport industry. Once they have completed the programme, participants are well positioned to help satisfy the rapidly growing talent and innovation needs of the global aviation community.


4th HIT workshop on mathematics and control theory
11 March 2018

Moshe Idan,1 president of Member Institute of IAIN, the Israeli Association for Automatic Control (IAAC) advises that the 4th HIT Workshop on Mathematics and Control Theory - A meeting around mathematics, control, navigation and related fields - will be held on 1 May 2018 at the HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Building 3, Conference Room, Holon, 5810201, Israel.

See the programme and the flyer.


ecdisENC.com and eMaritime Group news
05 March 2018

ECDIS Ltd, IAIN Corporate Member, is a privately-owned UK-registered company. Originally offering just the IMO 1.27 Generic ECDIS course, it went on to become the largest global independent company in its field, now offering over 30 STCW courses.
Their original IMO 1.27 Generic ECDIS course is now delivered around the world every week to thousands of seafarers.
EcdisENC.com, part of the group which provides services to over 250 shipping companies globally, claims to be the world's cheapest ENC chart distributor.


IMO Sub-Committee Navigation, Communications and Search&Rescue (NCSR 5)
04 March 2018

Photo: IMO ©

Seafarers depend on a robust distress and safety system when life is in danger at sea. The fifth session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue convened from 19-23 February and focused on core areas of IMO’s work relating to safety at sea.


NSAP® comes to Mumbai, India
04 March 2018

It was announced from Linthicum Heights, Maryland, on 1 March that MITAGS-PMI has established the latest Navigation Skills Assessment Program® (NSAP) training centre in Mumbai, India. The new facility is located on the campus of Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre (AEMTC), India's leading maritime institute.
The NSAP® is a risk-based measurement tool utilizing Class A Full Mission Simulators to objectively measure mariner skill compliance against internationally accepted STCW standards. It focuses specifically on the core skills required of licensed deck officers and includes a one-on-one discussion about the specific skills of each mariner assessed by the programme.


CTTSO deadline extended to 16 March 2018
04 March 2018

Illustration kindly provided by CTTSO ©

US Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), the Israel Ministry of Defense, Defense Research and Development Directorate (MAFAT), and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel have announced CTTSC3, a unique contest to identify and support start-ups, entrepreneurs, and innovators that are driving the next breakthroughs in technology for combating terrorism.
This contest is open to start-ups worldwide with technology that can help prevent terrorism, protect people, data, or infrastructure from terrorists, assist counter-terrorism and law-enforcement organizations, or facilitate recovery from terrorist attacks. (This year the contest also includes a separate special track for Urban Navigation technologies).


The 7th Annual World Congress of Ocean 2018
02 March 2018

WCO-2018 intends to provide a unique international platform for exchange of ideas and experiences amongst researchers, practitioners and regulators in this field. It is expected that more than 120 oral and 40 posters will be presented together with plenary lectures.
Focus will be on the fields of Ocean Economy, Maritime Law, Ocean Engineering, Ocean Energy, Green Port, Shipping, Marine Management and Environment Protection, Ocean Science and so forth. These presentations will identify or offer solutions to problems, use case studies, identify knowledge gaps or collaborative opportunities, and discuss broader applications.


New Challenger software speeds electronic delivery
01 March 2018

One of the most famous names in the navigational chart business Thomas Gunn (pictured), has underlined his commitment to the digital age in navigation by designing a new Challenger software that will speed up the delivery of digital charts and weekly navigational updates.

Developed by Poseidon Navigation Services Ltd, an international Admiralty chart agent and digital distributor Gunn has created, Challenger has already received approvals by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA); the UK Hydrographic Office; as well as a host of flags including Panama, Marshall Islands, Singapore, Isle of Man, to name but a few.
It provides updates for Admiralty Paper Charts & Publications, AVCS, ADP and e-NP digital products and allows the end user to effectively manage onboard holdings, and receive updates either by a direct Web Sync or by receiving weekly e-mail files. Above all, the software will enable the vessel to remain compliant with maritime regulations at all times, it is understood.


NI appeals for seafarer feedback over S-Mode
01 March 2018

Some of those involved in the S-Mode discussions now calling for consultation

Towards the end of February The Nautical Institute announced a consultation to help assess the latest proposals for standardised navigation equipment. The latest suggestions were presented at IMO's fifth session of its NCSR (Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue) Sub-committee by the Institute and other stakeholders including CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and delegation members from Australia and the Republic of Korea.

Navigators' views are sought on the latest concept for S-Mode which is in the closing stages of development before being finalised next year (2019). This is for an 'always on' standardisation of key features to be adopted by the leading manufacturers of navigation systems.


EfficienSea2 results exploited at innovation camp in ROK
01 March 2018

In week commencing 25 February a number of EfficienSea2 partners went to Busan, Republic of Korea, to take part in an innovation camp set up by the Danish Maritime Authority, the Maritime Development Centre and Innovation Centre Denmark in Seoul

Human factors, new standards for hydrographic data and how best to exploit data were in focus when Korean and European organisations met to collaborate based on the results from the EU-funded project EfficienSea2.
The workshop was opened by Brian Mikkelsen, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. On top of European partners, the workshop also had Korean stakeholders such as KJ Engineering, San Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and the Korea Hydrographic & Oceanographic Agency.
The main topics for the workshop were the MCP (Maritime Connectivity Platform), S-100 standards and how human factors played a role in maritime digitalization.


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