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Launching the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium
18 February 2019

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


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

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

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


Resource portal for resilient PNT
11 February 2019

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


Port sets meeting on deepening project
11 February 2019

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


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

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


ION announces annual award winners
06 February 2019

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


MED 19 closing date for submission of papers
01 February 2019

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


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

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


IAIN General Assembly minutes
01 February 2019

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


GSC 2019 call for presentations
31 January 2019

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


ESA's next Earth Explorer
31 January 2019

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

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


New Year message from the President of IAIN
19 January 2019

to Fellow Members and visitors to our website:

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

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


John Pottle,
(Royal Institute of Navigation)
IAIN President

The full message can be found here


North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
17 January 2019

Illustration kindly provided by: www.northseaport.com©

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


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

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


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

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


Cape fires and cold Turkey
14 January 2019

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

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

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


The 2019 European Navigation Conference
12 January 2019

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


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

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

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


NI launches DPO qualification for the renewables sector
11 January 2019

Captain John Lloyd, Nautical Institute CEO

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


CASSCA conference rescheduled
09 January 2019

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


Register for ITM 2019 and PTTI 2019
03 January 2019

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


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

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

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


The IMO Maritime Safety Committee 100th session
26 December 2018

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

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


EUROCONTROL and DECEA successfully exchange flight data
22 December 2018

Illustration reproduced by kind courtesy of EUROCONTROL and DECEA©

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


Hamburger Pilots' Choir
22 December 2018

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


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

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


The GLAs' Differential GPS user survey
11 December 2018

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland - Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the Commissioners of Irish Lights - operate 14 Differential Global Positioning System (GPS) reference stations which provide corrections to GPS, thereby enabling greater positional accuracy and integrity in the user's position.
The authorities are now surveying users across a wide variety of sectors to better understand how the Differential GPS service is being used. The Differential GPS service currently provides corrections for GPS (single frequency) only, but the technology is being developed to enable corrections to be provided for all Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), should there be a requirement. The survey results will be used to establish current and future user needs.


The 1st International Shipmasters' Congress
10 December 2018

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


Resilient Navigation for a Dangerous World
04 December 2018

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


The Bank of England and BREXIT
30 November 2018

On 27 June 2018, the House of Commons Treasury Committee requested that the Bank of England publish analysis of how leaving the European Union would affect its ability to deliver its objectives for monetary and financial stability.
The report was published on 28 November and analyses the economic effects of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration regarding the future relationship between the EU and the UK, as well as the consequences of leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement.
Analysis by the Bank includes scenarios not forecasts. They illustrate what could happen not necessarily what is most likely to happen.


Major disruption forecast at UK ports as a "real prospect" in a no-deal BREXIT
30 November 2018

There is a real risk that the UK Department for Transport will not be ready in the event of the UK departing the EU without a negotiated deal, and this risk is increasing as time runs out to deliver what is needed.
This latest PAC report is in a series looking at Government's preparations for Brexit. As in previous PAC reports, the Committee is concerned about how well Government is prepared. There is a real prospect of major disruption at UK ports. The slow progress and poor communication around work to avoid this through schemes such as Project Brock concerns the Committee. The lack of detailed information provided to businesses to help them prepare and the secrecy surrounding discussions through the use of non-disclosure agreements is hampering businesses' ability to plan.


First exercise for the RAF's F-35 Lightning
29 November 2018

Two Royal Air Force F35 aircraft from 617 Squadron, RAF Marham, are seen here refuelling from a Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft. - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©.

Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning jets have passed another significant milestone by conducting their first exercise with UK-based American F-15s and French Air Force Rafales, over the skies of East Anglia and the North Sea. This was reported by the (UK) Ministry of Defence on 28 November.
The 617 Squadron jets joined over 40 other aircraft from the RAF, the United States Air Force and the French Air Force on Exercise Point Blank. This exercise was a first both for the F35s and the French Air Force and gave an opportunity for the three air forces to work together in a peer-to-peer scenario.


IAAC workshop and Mediterranean Conference
29 November 2018

The IAAC workshop entitled Vision-Aided Navigation will be held on January 14, 2019 at the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia, Israel. This workshop is organized by Harel Karus, Elbit Systems - ISTAR Divisions.
The 27th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED 19) will be held July 1-4, 2019 in Akko, Israel. It is co-sponsored by IAAC.


CANSO calls on ATM industry to improve safety
28 November 2018

It was announced from Banff, Canada, on 27 November that CANSO (the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) has outlined the opportunities and challenges offered by new technologies and a new approach to human performance to improve aviation safety. New technologies, such as automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and space- based surveillance will enhance safety as well as improving the efficiency of airspace. To ensure that these new technologies are embraced in a way that further enhances safety, CANSO is developing a Standard of Excellence in Human Performance Management.


Inmarsat signs agreements for Iris programme
24 November 2018

Photo: www.canso.org ©

It was reported from CANSO on 22 November that ANSPs from Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and others will work with Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) to implement ground-breaking air traffic modernisation project.
The Iris programme is a partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and led by Inmarsat to enable secure, high bandwidth datalink communications over Europe. Objective of this is to deploy more digital controller-pilot communications to improve the speed and accuracy of air traffic management across Europe's congested airspace. ANSPs will be able to rely on Iris' certified, efficient and sustainable datalink to increase ATM efficiency, relieve air traffic controller workload and enhance flight safety.


e-Navigation Underway 2019 International
21 November 2018

News has been received from IALA and the Danish Maritime Authority that the ninth in the series of e-Navigation Underway International Conferences will be held from 6 to 8 February 2019 and focus on the implementation of e- Navigation solutions. This event brings together international e-Navigation experts from around the world.
The theme for next year's event will be: Paving the Way for a Digital Maritime World.


The 13th Arctic Shipping Summit
21 November 2018

This two-day Conference will bring together companies and organisations such as National Coastguards Senior Arctic Government Officials, Shipping Companies, LNG Projects, Lawyers, P&I Clubs, Arctic Researchers and Lecturers and many more in an effort to provide an interactive and open event.


ION GNSS+ 2019
20 November 2018

Submit your abstract today for ION GNSS+ 2019: GNSS + Other Sensors in Today's Marketplace, the 32nd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division. The conference will take place September 16-20, 2019 (Tutorials September 17) at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.


A quantum accelerometer for navigation
20 November 2018

The UK's first quantum accelerometer for navigation has been demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London and M Squared at the National Quantum Technologies Showcase. This was reported by M Squared earlier this month.
As we well know most navigation today relies on a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), such as GPS, which sends and receives signals from satellites orbiting the Earth. The quantum accelerometer is a self-contained system that does not rely on any external signals. This is particularly important because satellite signals can become unavailable due to blockages such as tall buildings, or can be jammed, imitated or denied - preventing accurate navigation.


GPS interference - Eastern Mediterranean and Red Seas
19 November 2018

In NE Black Sea waters, the equipment shows the ship's position is on land, instead of the actual position 25 nautical miles offshore. ©
Shipping, Suez Canal. Here GPS interference has been reported. - photo: Suez Canal Authority ©

Multiple instances of significant GPS interference continue to be reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
These reports have been concentrated near Port Said, Egypt, the Suez Canal, and in the vicinity of the Republic of Cyprus.
Additional instances of similar interference were reported in October 2018 near Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia.
This interference is resulting in lost or otherwise altered GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing and communications equipment. Navigators have been advised to exercise caution when transiting these areas.


Offshore Survey 2019
19 November 2018

The sixth Offshore Survey conference will take place alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, from 10-11 April 2019.
Readers are advised that there are less than four weeks until the deadline on 14 December.
Offshore Survey is one of the year's most popular industry and professional conferences. It has gained a reputation for attracting the very best papers, with a unique mix of global technology and business.


ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland sign partnership
15 November 2018

From left, Tobias Schweinfurter, President and CEO, TÜV Rheinland Japan; (centre) Dr Michael Fübi, Chairman, TÜV Rheinland and (right) Koichi Fujiwara, President & CEO, ClassNK - photo: Class NK/TÜV Rheinland ©

It was reported from Tokyo on 12 November that leading classification society ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement for cybersecurity services.
ClassNK is a classification society which carries out surveys to help ensure the safety of vessels and marine structures, and has many achievements involving the certification of ship equipment.
TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services providing digital services for safety, cybersecurity and privacy. Earlier, ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland built a cooperative relationship through the signing of partnership agreements in 2012 for wind turbine certification and in 2015 for test and product certification.


RAF No 1 (F) Squadron on exercise
15 November 2018

UK Typhoons have taken part in counter air training and capability demonstrations in Qatar - photo: SAC Cathy Sharples, 614 (County of Glamorgan) Sqn. ©
A Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Dassault Mirage 2000-5 aircraft - MOD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Wing Commander Mark Baker, OC N°1 (Fighter) Squadron, led his team on the first sortie of the joint UK/Qatari Exercise EPIC SKIES II which commenced on 11 November. Launching alongside two of the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Dassault Mirage 2000-5 aircraft, the UK Typhoons took part in counter air training and capability demonstrations, ahead of the QEAF's procurement of 24 Typhoon aircraft from the UK and the formation of the joint RAF/QEAF Number 12 Squadron.


The latest edition of The Navigator is available
13 November 2018

Readers are able to appreciate the seafarer's method of keeping watch as the Nautical Institute's October journal The Navigator (N°19) explores the important role of a ship's lookout, and the challenges which arise on duty.
Discussion begins with Captain Rajiv Singh who investigates the mechanisms by which the human eye works, and how these affect our effectiveness as lookouts. Later, Captain Trevor Bailey offers valuable insight into watchkeeping on the bridge by considering not just optical observation, but radar, AIS and the magic of the navigator's intuition.


Madagascar by ESA's Copernicus Sentinel
12 November 2018

Id 411360/Madagascar/Released 09/11/2018 10:00am/Copyright contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO©

The Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission takes us over Madagascar. This huge island nation, located off the east coast of Africa and seen in the right of the image, has a population of around 25 million. More than half of the country's inhabitants are aged under 25. The island is also home to rare flora and fauna, having developed its own ecosystems and wildlife since splitting from the African continent some 160 million years ago.
Preserving its impressive biodiversity is an ongoing challenge for the country. With an area of almost 600 000 sq km, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Some of the world's most extensive coral reef systems, huge mangrove areas, and a vast array of birds, lemurs, and many other species can be found here. Deforestation poses a serious threat to the island's habitats, with illegal wildlife trade representing a further challenge.


Galileo smartphone app competition
08 November 2018

Photo reproduced by kind permission of ESA©

Students and research trainees across Europe have been invited to take part in ESA's new Galileo smartphone app competition - to develop an app capable of performing fixes using raw Galileo satnav measurements.
Run by ESA in collaboration with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency - GSA - plus the European Commission with the support of Google, this Galileo app competition is open to all students from European universities and trainees in posts at European research and development organisations.
The competition launched on 24 September 2018, and teams have been invited to submit their proposals by 12 November, to be informed of the jury's response to their proposal by 26 November. The competition final is scheduled for 18 April next year at ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


ICAO and unmanned aviation
06 November 2018

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) RPAS team has issued Unmanned Aviation Bulletin (2018/3). This document reports on unmanned aviation operational and regulatory developments. The Bulletin clarifies Key Terms applying to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and related activities.
It would be appreciated if this material could be disseminated widely by readers.

International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO's 50th anniversary activities. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognized 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.


Offshore Survey 2019 - Call for abstracts
06 November 2018

Organisers of Offshore Survey 2019 advise that it will once again be held alongside the Ocean Business event, from 9 - 10 April 2019 in Southampton, UK. This will be the sixth Offshore Survey conference and all interested parties are invited to submit an abstract online by 14 December 2018. Each abstract will be peer-reviewed and a final programme will be announced in January 2019.


European Maritime Day
06 November 2018

The City of Lisbon invites delegates to celebrate European Maritime Day 2019 which will take place there on 16-17 May. EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders. The event and exhibition will take place at the Lisbon Congress Centre. Once again there will be offered an attractive programme and great networking opportunities. According to The European Maritime Day Team, focus in 2019 will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment.


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