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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.

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.

(US) Institute of Navigation annual awards
26 February 2018

The Institute of Navigation announced winners of the 2017 Annual Awards at its International Technical Meeting and Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications meeting held in Reston, Virginia from 29 January to 1 February.
These awards recognize individuals making significant contributions or demonstrating outstanding performance relating to the art and science of navigation.

The EU OCEAN 2020 Project
25 February 2018

It was announced from Aarhus on 9 February that Danish aerospace, defence and security company Terma will take part in the EU-funded project, OCEAN2020. This project will boost technological research in the maritime domain.
Terma will contribute to the consortium within areas of interoperability requirements analysis, system design, decision support analysis, and operator task analysis.

Winners of the 8th annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition
25 February 2018

The (US) Institute of Navigation Satellite Division announced the winners of the 8th Annual ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition during the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The competition was held from 25 to 28 January at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota in conjunction with the 132nd Saint Paul Winter Carnival.
Sponsored by the ION Satellite Division, and held in cooperation with the ION North Star Section, the ION Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition is an international event open to college and university students, as well as the general public.
This competition challenges teams to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow using state of the art navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a designated path of snow. Eleven teams entered the competition.

Danish routeing measures
23 February 2018

The IMO NCSR Sub-Committee has approved the Danish Maritime Authority's proposal for new ships' routeing measures, thereby bringing new routes in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat one step closer and enhancing safety of navigation.
Because of developments in shipping, the vessels transiting these waters today are larger than those for which the routes were originally designed. Approximately 7,000 ships transit the Kattegat each year, the majority of which are deep-draught ships heading for or coming from the Baltic Sea. Consequently, there is a need to extend existing ships' routes, thereby making it easier to keep the traffic separate in accordance with the largest water depths.
Therefore, the Danish Maritime Authority has - in cooperation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the agencies responsible for nautical charts in both countries - developed proposals for new ships' routeing measures in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat.

US and Russia propose Bering Strait ship traffic routeing measures
22 February 2018

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and the Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. This was reported from US Coast Guard HQ in Washington at the end of January.
The two nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas.
Located in US and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous shoals, reefs and islands outside the routes and to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.

2018 annual workshop of Graduate Students in Systems and Control
19 February 2018

Moshe Idan, IAAC President, reports that the call for presentations for GSC'18 - the 2018 annual workshop of Graduate Students in Systems and Control has now been issued.
This event is one in which graduate students in systems and control from Israeli universities are invited to present their latest research results. Such meetings provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work to senior faculty members and to interested delegates from industry, as well as enabling students to become acquainted with the work of their peers.

24th IMPA Congress, Dakar, Senegal
16 February 2018

Work is well in hand for the 24th Congress of the International Maritime Pilots' Association (IMPA) to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 22 to 27 April 2018.
A vital aspect of the biennial IMPA Congress is the opportunity for communicating and networking with over 400 pilots and international maritime experts. There will be opportunities to exchange experiences, participate in discussions and to engage with pilots regarding current issues affecting them in particular and the maritime sector in general. In turn such debates will have an impact on the strengthening of pilot safety and the maritime profession, security of port facilities, safety of navigation and the monitoring of ever-increasing vessel sizes.
An introductory item is to be found here.

Survival flair
14 February 2018

Illustration ©GCTC - Id 390182

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is seen here gearing up for his second mission to the International Space Station in 2019 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. All astronauts who fly on Soyuz do a winter survival course in the forests near Star City, Russia.
When Soyuz lands on Earth support teams are usually at hand within minutes to help the astronauts out, but there is always the possibility that the capsule lands in a remote, cold area. As part of their normal training, astronauts learn to survive in harsh climates while waiting for rescue. For Luca, the course is more of a refresher than learning new skills - he already survived the training in October 2012 as part of his first mission.
This course includes getting out of Soyuz unaided, changing from spacesuits into more winter-friendly garments, signalling for help (as pictured here), building a shelter out of wood and the capsule's parachute, building a fire and providing first aid.

Atlantic ship tracks
14 February 2018

Id 389965 / Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO ©

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite in orbit over the Atlantic Ocean close to Spain and Portugal shows where the sky not only features clouds but also crisscross tracks from vessels. Br />The familiar condensation trails, a.k.a. contrails, seen in the sky usually come from aircraft, so it might seem strange that ships can also occasionally leave their mark in the sky. This rarely seen maritime twist on aircraft contrails was captured by the Sentinel-3A satellite on 16 January 2018. Known as ship tracks, these narrow cloud streaks form when water vapour condenses around small particles that ships emit in their exhaust fumes. They typically form when low-lying stratus and cumulus clouds are present and when the air surrounding the ship is calm.
Like aircraft contrails, ship tracks may also play a role in our climate by reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth's surface or conversely by trapping the Sun's radiation in the Earth's atmosphere - but this remains an uncertain aspect of climate science, it is reported.

HMS Queen Elizabeth at Gibraltar
11 February 2018

Photo: MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Gibraltar on the forenoon of 9 February for her first overseas port visit.
The 65,000-tonne future flagship will be conducting a routine logistics stop having left her home in Portsmouth last week (w/e 3 February) for helicopter trials. These helicopter trials take place before the fixed wing F35 Lightning II trials later this year.
Under the guidance of the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training organisation, all those on board have been honing their skills in dealing with a series of lifelike exercise scenarios including fires, floods, man overboard drills and a simulated crash on deck.

The Navigator helping to develop shiphandling skills
10 February 2018

The current issue of The Navigator published on 8 February encourages readers to explore, learn and develop their shiphandling skills and knowledge.
This, the 17th issue of The Navigator, emphasises the value of gaining seatime.
Experts give their valuable perspectives on shiphandling methods, manoeuvres and mentoring with the aim of inspiring readers to take advantage of training opportunities and improve safety and best practice.

The Nautical Institute launches Shiphandling Logbook
09 February 2018

Shiphandling is probably the most important skill for mariners and one of the most difficult to practice. The Nautical Institute recognises the value of gaining sea-time and developing shiphandling skills and has now published Shiphandling Logbook, launched on 7 February.
This logbook aims to provide seafarers with an essential tool to help them manage the development of their shiphandling skills and take advantage of training opportunities. Mariners will be able to record and reflect on their experiences, provide evidence of what has been learned, identify gaps and be encouraged to take opportunities to learn more, it has been reported.

New markets for Almarin buoys
06 February 2018

Barcelona-based Almarin's navigation buoys are being installed in a growing number of markets in Europe and further afield, proving effectiveness by simple reliable design with the use of high quality materials manufactured in Europe, it is reported.
In Léman Lake (Lake Geneva), on the border between France and Switzerland, buoys (illustrated) have been installed to mark a floating containment boom in the estuary of the Rhône river, near Port Valais. The Balizamar buoys used in this project were adapted by the customer for this application.
Almarin has also supplied buoys further east, in an estuary in Beirut (Lebanon) and at Ras Nabi Younis Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Buoys to mark subsea infrastructure related to a water desalination plant have also been exported to Algeria. These products are designed to meet current IALA recommendations.

e-Navigation paves the way for safe and efficient shipping
28 January 2018

The eighth in a series of conferences known as e-Navigation Underway, cohosted by the Danish Maritime Authority and IALA has just closed. 150 Participants from five continents joined the hosts on a conference cruise steaming Copenhagen-Oslo-Copenhagen from 24 to 26 January.
Debate at the conference was lively with a strong focus on applying digitalization to real world uses, it was reported. Some of the specific discussions on digitalization centered on topics such as digital port reporting, cyber security, and how Coastal States can apply new tech to become better at their job.
Harmonization and data standardization was another hot topic. Different standards hinder effective digitalization across the maritime sector leading to more, not less, manual effort. There is need for the industry to strive for global standards.

Eamonn Brennan Director General of EUROCONTROL
26 January 2018

Illustration www.eurocontrol.int ©

Eamonn Brennan was appointed by the 41 Member States of EUROCONTROL to lead the organisation as its Director General from 1 January 2018. This was reported from EUROCONTROL HQ in Brussels at the beginning of the year.
Before joining EUROCONTROL Eamonn Brennan was the Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) where he was responsible for the provision of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services in Irish controlled airspace, aeronautical communications on the North Atlantic, and Air Traffic Control at the major Irish Airports, as well as the safety and security regulation of the Irish civil aviation industry.

Illustration www.eurocontrol.int ©

It was announced from Brussels earlier in January that in 2017 EUROCONTROL, which has been nominated as Network Manager by the European Commission, handled 10.6 million flights, an increase of 4.4% over 2016, which was also a record year. This is equivalent to over 29,000 flights per day with a peak figure of 35,937 on 30 June.

New Shetland radar to better protect UK's northern airspace
26 January 2018

A new Royal Air Force radar facility reinforcing the UK's ability to track unidentified military or civilian aircraft will be powered up ready to operate soon, the head of the RAF heard today (26 January).
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, visited the site of the new £10m Remote Radar Head facility, at Saxa Vord, Unst, Shetland, to inspect its progress. "Right at the tip of Shetland, Saxa Vord is a very remote site, so I am extremely grateful to the team who have been working hard through the cold of winter, with snow and 120 mph gales, to ensure that the construction has remained on schedule." (See illustration).
This radar will improve RAF and NATO understanding of the airspace north of Britain and further out across the Norwegian Sea, improving the UK's sovereign capability at a time of heightened Russian military activity (See illustration). It will see the island return to the role it performed during the 1960s and '70s, when the site was used as an early warning radar on NATO's northern flank.

Yemen conflict forces new security recommendations
25 January 2018

In response to the threats arising from the conflict in Yemen, BIMCO, ICS and INTERTANKO have published interim guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb. Shipowners and operators should be aware of new threat patterns in the area.
The European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) have advised that a range of threats other than piracy, such as sea mines and water-borne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs), are potential risks in the area.

Regional route sharing made possible in the Baltic Sea
22 January 2018

Maritime digitalization carried out in the EfficienSea2 project has enabled effective route sharing between different VTS systems in the Baltic Sea. It has the potential to drastically cut the reporting effort for ship's crew, while offering authorities a better ability to ensure safe traffic at sea.
According to a statement by EfficienSea2 secretariat the days may soon be over when mariners have to pick up a radio to report their vessel and route parameters every time they cross into a new VTS area - at least for those sailing in the Baltic Sea.
By cooperating with the Finnish Transport Agency in EfficienSea2, the Norwegian surveillance system manufacturer Vissim has become the first operator to integrate voyage data from the so-called ENSI system (Enhanced Navigation Support Information) in their own vessel traffic monitoring system.

IFAC Navigation Systems and Applications
18 January 2018

IAIN Member Institute Israeli Association for Automatic Control (IAAC) advises that the Israel Navigation Systems and Applications Workshop and Exhibition is its biennial event organized to serve the wide audience of people in Israel interested in the navigation science and art.
This one-day workshop is dedicated to technical talks that range from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results. The related exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring together in one location the different industries and representatives offering navigation-related hardware.
It is understood that as a relatively large number of participants will be non-Hebrew speakers, lecturers have been asked to deliver their presentations in English.

Airbus descent below segment minimum safe altitude
17 January 2018

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released the final investigation report into an Airbus A320's descent below segment minimum safe altitude during a non-precision instrument approach to Perth Airport. This was reported from Canberra on 16 January at 0035GMT
The serious incident highlights the extent to which unexpected events and distractions during the approach and landing can substantially increase what is often a high workload period. That workload increase is even more apparent when the aircraft systems are not operating normally, or the systems are operating in a way that is not fully understood by the crew.
The report highlights the ongoing aviation safety issues of "too low on approach" and "inflight decision making", which form part of the ATSB's SafetyWatch priorities.

Ocean Infinity to continue search for MH370
14 January 2018

Ocean Infinity, an international technology company specializing in collecting high resolution geophysical seabed data, confirmed on 10 January that its proposal to continue the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had been accepted by the Government of Malaysia.
It is understood that Ocean Infinity will take on the economic risk of the renewed search, only receiving payment if the aircraft wreckage is located. Ocean Infinity's search will focus initially on the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The vessel, Seabed Constructor (illustrated), is now close to the search area, which will enable work to commence imminently and the project is expected to last for 90 days.

ION PLANS Kershner Award nominations now being accepted
12 January 2018

Nominations are being accepted for the IEEE/ION Positioning, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2018 Kershner Award, the biennial award recognizing individuals who have made substantial contributions to the technology of navigation and position equipment, systems or practices. To nominate an individual readers are invited to submit nominations online by 19 January.
The PLANS Kershner Award will be presented at the IEEE/ION PLANS taking place from 23 to 26 April, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Monterey, California.

Tanker Sanchi - a message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
09 January 2018

'Our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved ones.
I would like to commend all those who have been involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship.
This is an ongoing situation which we are monitoring. IMO stands ready to offer any technical assistance that may be needed. In the longer term, it is expected that there will be a full investigation into this incident and that the results and findings will be brought to IMO so that we can do whatever may be necessary to reduce the chances of such an incident happening again.'

Sites to watch #6
08 January 2018

Readers are invited to take a look at the website of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation (RNTF, a Corresponding memeber of the IAIN). There can be found regular news and a valuable blog contributed to at regular intervals.

ICAO's first Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium
08 January 2018

Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General of ICAO, provides the opening remarks to the UN aviation agency's Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium (SANIS/1), held in mid-December at ICAO HQ in Montréal, Canada.

SANIS/1 followed ICAO's second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2) held in week commencing 10 December, where State and industry experts reviewed proposals for how to integrate the future air navigation system to accommodate global aviation's forecast doubling of flights and passengers in 15 years' time.
Dr Liu highlighted to her audience that the safety, capacity and efficiency of the world's aviation network is presently threatened by the speed at which it is expanding. She elaborated that sectoral growth cannot be permitted to negatively impact the key strategic performance targets, and existing levels of aviation safety, efficiency, and environmental protection should continue to trend upward even as operations expand.

19th IALA Conference Early Bird rate announced
08 January 2018

The 19th IALA Conference will be held from 27 May to 2 June 2018 at the Songdo Convention Center, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
An Early Bird rate has now been announced. This will be valid to the end of this month, 31 January 2018.

The language of drones
04 January 2018

At IAIN we are pleased to make available a glossary of terms used in connection with drone operations: The Language of Drones: Enabling dialogue between Surveyors and Pilots.
This valuable document's chapters provide a quick guide to names and an explanation of terms supported by two appendices one of which indicates the components of a typical multi-rotor unit. Others details the Air Navigation Order regarding the legal basis of such operations.

Publication here has been possible with the kind permission of Nottingham University.

A New Year message from Yasuo Arai, President of the IAIN
01 January 2018

The Association has had a busy year. We have contributed to several strands of activity. These have included in the marine environment: the development of guidelines for both S-mode in ships' bridge equipment and the harmonisation of the presentation of navigational information on bridge displays. Meanwhile, in the air world we are supporting an initiative to encourage the adoption of True North as a heading reference by the aviation community. Lastly, but not least, back at sea, we were involved in the preparation of a first regulatory framework for autonomous ships.
The continuous challenge facing navigators, one no less serious than the vulnerability of Space-Based Positioning and Timing, is that of maintaining cyber security - the defence of our vehicle systems (be they in cars, planes, ships, drones or space vehicles) against those wishing to interfere with them for malicious purposes.
The 2018 IAIN World Congress is to be held over 27 November - 1 December 2018 in Makuhari, Japan. The programme will have as its main theme "Science, Technology and Practice for Resilient Navigation" and discuss the development of safety, security and efficiency of navigation in cars, planes, ships, drones or space vehicles developing autonomous integrity of navigational information towards fully autonomous navigation. I look forward to seeing many of you in Makuhari, Japan.

I wish all our Members and readers
A happy, successful and safe New Year 2018

Yasuo Arai,
(Japan Institute of Navigation)
IAIN President

The full message can be found here.

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