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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.

On Christmas Day HMS St Albans escorts a Russian warship
26 December 2017

Admiral Gorshkov, 24 December 2017 - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate St Albans was called upon to sail on 23 December and keep watch on the new Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov as she passed close to UK territorial waters. HMS St Albans remained at sea on Christmas Day to monitor the Russian frigate, keeping track of its activity in areas of national interest. It was planned that the frigate would return to Portsmouth on 26 December and remain ready for very short notice tasking over the holiday period.

Russian ship Akademik Alexsandr Karpinsky photographed on 21 December - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©
Russian ship Admiral Vladimirsky photographed on 21 December - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

The festive season saw an upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters. HMS Tyne was also called upon to escort a different vessel, a Russian intelligencegathering ship, through the North Sea and the English Channel on Christmas Eve. A Wildcat helicopter from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Yeovilton, was then dispatched to monitor two further Russian vessels.

New guideline adopted for digital services
22 December 2017

At its 65th session held at IALA HQ in St Germain-en-Laye, (78100) France, early in December, the IALA Council adopted a new specification guideline for digital services in the maritime domain. Based on input from EfficienSea2, the new guideline will help ensure that the best digital solutions work across different oceans and different equipment.
Digital services in the maritime industry have for years been drafted in many different formats, making it difficult to achieve interoperability between different systems and across different geographical spheres. Now, however, a new specification guideline has been adopted by the IALA Council that will strengthen the harmonisation of digital services in the future.

Seminar on safety of navigation in Africa
18 December 2017

Le Palais des Congrès Mogador in Marrakesh, Morocco

The IALA World-Wide Academy, in conjunction with Ports and Maritime Public Domain Directorate (Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Kingdom of Morocco), take the opportunity of the second Preparatory Diplomatic Conference, held on 7-8 February 2018 in Marrakesh (Morocco), to raise awareness on maritime safety in Africa by arranging a Seminar on this theme on the same venue, immediately prior to the conference on 6 February 2018 in Le Palais des Congrès Mogador in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The Seminar aims to enable participants to be fully aware of coastal states' obligations, of international organisations' strategies (for example those of IALA and IHO, and will take into account actions implemented in Africa to determine the way ahead for safety of navigation in the continent. Furthermore, the Seminar will be an added value for Marine Aids to Navigation managers of the region who would then participate in the 2nd Preparatory Diplomatic Conference.

USN issues its Strategic Readiness Review
18 December 2017

On 15 December the US Navy announced from Washington issue of the Strategic Readiness Review (SRR). In September, the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, ordered a fleetwide review in the light of recent surface fleet incidents which resulted in significant loss of life and injury.
It is understood that the SRR was an independent review by a team of subjectmatter experts that examined the systemic conditions influencing and existing within the Navy over the last 30 years. Running concurrently with the US Fleet forces-led Comprehensive Review the SRR considered its findings, but its assessments and judgments are independent of the military Comprehensive Review findings.

IALA seminar on arctic navigation - report
15 December 2017

IALA hosted a seminar on Arctic Navigation from 9 to 10 November 2017 at its HQ in St Germain-en-Laye, 78100, France. This event was following-up a meeting held in February 2010 at IALA attended by Arctic nations where a number of actions were agreed by participants.
In this further meeting (9-10 November 2017) on Arctic navigation the views on the challenges of ensuring safe navigation in Arctic waters of all Arctic nations and international organizations having an interest in the field were discussed. Thirty-eight delegates, representing eight countries and six Sister organisations attended and the seminar was structured with presentations on relevant topics.
See the full report.

European Navigation Conference 2018 - call for papers
12 December 2017

The European Navigation Conference 2018 will be held in the technology-rich city of Gothenburg on the campus of Chalmers University of Technology on Sweden's west coast from 14-17 May 2018.
The ENC is the premier conference in Europe in the fields of positioning, navigation and timing, with special emphasis on the European Galileo and EGNOS. Through a peer-reviewed manuscript selection process, it will showcase state-of-the art and innovations in the field of terrestrial and satellite-based navigation and its applications. Implementation of new technologies will be demonstrated through an industry exhibition arranged in parallel to the conference.
The conference will comprise technical session, poster sessions, invited keynotes, and a best paper award. The conference strongly emphasizes a quick turn-around time and high quality of the published papers.

19th IALA Conference 2018
11 December 2017

The 2nd Announcement for this four-yearly event has been issued. The 2018 IALA conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea with IALA. The conference will be held from May 27 to June 2, 2018.
The theme will be: Successful voyages, sustainable planet - A new era for marine aids to navigation in a connected world.
The Conference includes a broad technical programme of cross-disciplinary presentations by world-class experts and an industrial exhibition providing first-hand viewing of the latest R&D, innovative aids to navigation products and services, and related exhibits of contemporary interest and future promise. A novel feature of the Conference will be a Heritage Exhibition which will showcase the unique cultural significance of lighthouses around the world.

10 December 2017

The early bird registration deadline is approaching for the US ION's co-located (ION) International Technical Meeting (ITM) and the Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) 2018.
The ITM is the ION's winter meeting with peer-reviewed technical papers related to positioning, navigation and timing and includes the ION Fellows and Annual Awards presentations.
The PTTI is the technical conference designed to disseminate and coordinate PTTI information at the user level; review present and future PTTI requirements; inform government and industry engineers, technicians and managers of precise time and frequency technology and its problems; and provide an opportunity for an active exchange of new technology associated with PTTI.
Delegates are invited to attend the complimentary Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) workshop on 29 January 2018 from 0830 to 1730 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. The workshop is complimentary but registration is required to attend.

Efficiensea2 Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) workshop
10 December 2017

Delegates at the Efficiensea2 Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) workshop held at IALA HQ.

A workshop on How to Run the MCP (Maritime Connectivity Platform) was hosted by IALA on behalf of the EfficienSea 2 Project on 21 / 22 November 2017. The workshop was attended by 52 delegates, representing 19 countries.
Noting that the EfficienSea2 project funding from the EU ends in April 2018, the objective of the workshop was to address the implementation of the MCP with a focus on identifying preferred governance and business models and preparing a related exploitation plan for global information exchange. Legal and Liability issues were also explored.
The workshop produced a report, including 35 conclusions and recommendations.

Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition
05 December 2017

The Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition (INWE18) is a biennial event organized and sponsored by the Israel Association for Automatic Control (IAAC).
Following the huge success of previous events, the 2018 edition of the Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition has been scheduled for January 29, at the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya.
INWE18 will be a one day event dedicated to technical talks in navigation systems, ranging from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results. The topics of interest include navigation, positioning and timekeeping in all their variations, sensors, systems, optimal integration of multiple sensors, and novel or emerging technologies in the field of navigation.
In parallel with the talks INWE18 will host a technical exhibition in which navigation equipment manufacturers and suppliers will have the opportunity to show their current products and most recent technical innovations. You can expect to see the latest, most innovative navigation products and services from top navigation companies.
Finally, the event will bring together the large community of researchers, suppliers and users in the navigation area in Israel, making it a unique opportunity to meet all the who's who in the navigation field in the country.

Boston (UK) Barrier simulation
05 December 2017

Marine Pilot Mark Murrison navigates the Boston Belle passenger vessel through the Boston Barrier in a simulation at HR Wallingford's UK Ship Simulation Centre in Oxfordshire.
A simulation of a fishing boat passing the Boston Barrier downriver

A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the Boston Barrier (England, East Coast) has received approval, giving the Environment Agency the goahead to proceed with the construction and operation of a £100 million flood defence scheme to better protect Boston's homes and businesses from the risk of tidal flooding.
As part of a public enquiry, HR Wallingford's UK Ship Simulation Centre worked with Mott MacDonald and the Environment Agency to create a virtual navigation simulation to help river users better understand what navigating the river would be like, both during the construction phase and when the barrier is in place.

OC 617 Squadron RAF flies F-35B
03 December 2017

Wing Commander J.R. Butcher, OC617 (Dambusters) Squadron, taxiing an F-35B Lighting aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, after completing his first flight in the aircraft. - photo: US Marine Corps ©
Wing Commander J.R. Butcher, OC 617 Squadron being congratulated by a fellow RAF pilot after conducting his first flight in an F-35B Lighting at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. - photo: US Marine Corps ©

The new Officer Commanding Number 617 Squadron, Wing Commander John Butcher, Royal Air Force, has taken his first flight in an F-35B Lightning, the UK's new multi-role stealth combat aircraft. 617 Sqn (The Dambusters) is designated as the first front line UK F-35B Lightning squadron and will return to RAF Marham in Norfolk next summer. The flight was made at the US Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.
Wg Cdr Butcher said: 'This was a memorable day and climbing into the cockpit for the first time felt really familiar as the simulator in which I have been training is so realistic.' This first flight followed weeks of ground school training and during his flight Wg Cdr Butcher flew over the Atlantic Ocean where he was able to explore how manoeuvrable the aircraft is before conducting some approaches at Beaufort.

IMO Council 2018-2019
03 December 2017

IMO announced on 1 December that the Assembly had elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2018-2019 biennium:
Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.
Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.
Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

Space technology to drive autonomous ships
02 December 2017

Autodocking systems use additional sensors to assess proximity to harbour structures such as moles at the entrance, and distance to the berth. The propulsion system is adjusted by the system to bring the ferry safely and with minimum energy consumption to and from the docks. - photo © Rolls-Royce Plc; Id 387300
ESA will improve satellite-based ship identification and tracking in partnership with the European Maritime Safety Agency and exactEarth to meet the requirements of users, particularly those of government agencies such as coastal administrations. - photo © ESA; Id 313773

It was reported by the European Space Agency (ESA) from Paris on 30 November that Director General Jan Wörner had signed a Memorandum of Intent with Rolls-Royce, as the two entities agree to investigate how space technology can be used to develop autonomous and remote-controlled ships. The partners will pool their expertise to analyse and implement space-enabled services for autonomous and remote-controlled shipping, which reduces the opportunity for human error and allows ships' crews to concentrate on more valuable tasks. It is understood that the plan is to study the applications of various space assets to autonomous shipping, such as satellite-based positioning, better situational awareness using Earth observation data, and satellite communications (satcom) services for improved onboard connectivity.

CSIRO publishes ocean science book
30 November 2017

In Australia the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation` (CSIRO) has launched Oceans: Science and Solutions for Australia, a book bringing together the latest science to explain the crucial role oceans play in the lives of all Australians. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Director Dr Tony Worby said Australia faced several opportunities and challenges, with three of the world's four major oceans in its marine estate. He commented: 'Australia's oceans cover almost 14 million square kilometres, nearly twice the area of our land, and hold the key to our climate, weather, economy, international security, and social well-being.' 'Our oceans do the heavy lifting with respect to carbon dioxide and heat absorption and their capacity to continue to do these things is one of many areas we are focused on through our climate research.' Oceans editor and CSIRO Chief Research Scientist Dr Bruce Mapstone added: 'Importantly, this book takes complex and detailed research and translates it into clear English that can be understood by policy makers and just as importantly students, some of whom are Australia's future marine scientists.'

12th Arctic Shipping Summit
21 November 2017

The 12th Arctic Shipping Summit will be held on 21-22 February, 2018, in Montreal, Canada, under the heading of 'Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructure'.
Early Bird Discount of £200.00 is offered until 30 November 2017. In the words of the organisers: 'Sign up now and pay only £1,395 instead of £1,595.'
The two day conference will consist of a number of informative presentations followed by interactive Q&A sessions, panel discussions and an open discussion to further involve the delegates. These talk will give insight on the views shared from the different aspects of Arctic Shipping. We will explore and discuss current regulations and requirements from the IMO & the Coast Guard, examine commercial aspects, infrastructure and promising changes in cruise operations as well as the insurance challenges that are increasing ongoing. Also we'll be looking into training requirements and ship design options to help aid in the future of Arctic operations.

The Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition
21 November 2017

The Israel Navigation Workshop and Exhibition (INWE18) is a biennial event organized and sponsored by the Israel Association for Automatic Control (IAAC).
INWEI18 will be a one day event dedicated to technical talks in navigation systems, ranging from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results. Topics of interest include navigation, positioning and timekeeping in all their variations, sensors, systems, optimal integration of multiple sensors, and novel or emerging technologies in the field of navigation.
In parallel IAAC will host a technical exhibit in which navigation equipment manufacturers and system suppliers will have the opportunity to show their current products and most recent technical innovations.
Finally, the event will bring together the large community of researchers, suppliers and users in the navigation area in Israel, making it a unique opportunity to meet all the players in the navigation field in Israel.

UK Parliamentary Committee publishes aerospace industry Brexit evidence
21 November 2017

On 20 November the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEISC) of the House of Commons (Lower House) of the Westminster Parliament published the written evidence for its Brexit inquiry on the British aerospace industry.
Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the BEISC, said: 'The evidence we have received suggests the impact of Brexit and increased customs checks could mean a potential £1.5bn in added costs for the UK aerospace sector. That is extremely worrying.'
One section of the evidence is that concerning navigation systems: 'Post-Brexit, the UK should seek full and unfettered access to EU Research and Innovation programmes post 2020, continuing to contribute as full and voting members of strategic programme committees. Such access should include ongoing participation of UK businesses to existing EU and Horizon 2020 projects, the planned European Defence Research Programme, as well as EU coordinated Space programmes such as Copernicus and Galileo. In addition, reciprocal rights for researchers to move freely across Europe to engage, participate and lead EU funded research projects in which the UK is involved, would be vital.'

The Nautical Institute Command Seminars
15 November 2017

Training and professional development needs to be addressed at the highest level if we are to continue to improve maritime safety, concluded attendees at The Nautical Institute's 2017 Command Seminar series. At the most recent event, held in Cyprus, attendees emphasised that it is important to ensure continuity in the maritime profession, making sure that seafarers make the most of new technology, while maintaining existing skills and knowledge.
Over the course of 2017, more than 500 people from a broad spectrum across the industry, from cadets to sailing Masters and senior industry figures, have attended The Nautical Institute's five Command Seminars.

Terma in contract with Tata India Surface Surveillance Radar
15 November 2017

It was announced from Aarhus, Denmark on 15 November that Danish aerospace, defence, and security company Terma, in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), India as Prime contractor has been awarded a contract to execute the Indian Navy's Surface Surveillance Radar (SSR) project for 31 radars. It is understood that the SSR programme is the first procurement by the Indian Ministry of Defence under the Buy and Make (Indian) category of the Defense Procurement Procedure (DPP). This project involves delivery, installation, and commissioning of radar systems in Indian Navy vessels as well as delivery of simulators, establishment of depotlevel facilities, and integrated logistics support with deliveries spread over ten years. Furthermore, the radar is being manufactured in India with Transfer of Technology from Terma, Denmark.

EfficienSea2 Announces Final Conference
09 November 2017

On 5-6 April 2018 the 32 partners behind the EfficienSea2 project will showcase their results at a conference taking place in Copenhagen. It is understood that the conference will be a mix between real-life demonstrations, forward-looking ideas and presentations on innovative maritime solutions. During the two half days, the focus will be on highlighting the 15 new or improved maritime services, the web-based platform BalticWeb for displaying them on tablets or computers, work on the so-called VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) and the centrepiece of the project: The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) - formerly known as the Maritime Cloud.

HK Civil Aviation Wins CANSO Award
09 November 2017

David Harrison, Safety Director at NATS and CANSO Safety Standing Committee Chair (left) congratulates Mr Simon Li, DGCA, CAD Hong Kong, on winning the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2017 - photo CANSO©

On 8 November it was announced from Sydney that CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, has awarded the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2017 to the Air Traffic Management Division and Air Traffic Engineering Services Division of the Civil Aviation Department Hong Kong. This organisation was commended for commissioning a new air traffic management system (ATMS) in Hong Kong and further enhancing air navigation safety and efficiency in the Hong Kong flight information route (FIR).

Helicopter Flight Simulation Centre
09 November 2017

The helicopter flight simulator at RAF Benson - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2017©

On 23 October the (UK) Ministry of Defence announced an over £90 million investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. Simulators put pilots through their paces, replicating extreme real-life scenarios, from flying in blizzards or under enemy fire to dealing with power failures and electronic warfare.
It is understood that this will sustain 70 jobs at the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility based at RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire.

INC2017 - Latest programme now available
09 November 2017

As well as the latest technical innovations and technology updates, the conference will cover the legal, ethical, human cognitive and regulatory issues associated with realising new opportunities. The presentations, exhibition and networking at RIN INC2017 are designed to broaden knowledge and provide a range of perspectives on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, authentication, privacy, machine learning and augmented reality in location applications. In addition, on 27 November the Resilient PNT Forum will meet in the afternoon, in partnership with RIN INC2017, following the very well attended meeting at RIN INC2016.

See the latest programme.

US Navy releases collision report
06 November 2017

USS Fitzgerald (top) and USS John S McCain - photos reproduced by kind permission of the US Navy ©

On 1 November the US Navy released a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan on 17 June and the collision of USS John S McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC on 21 August this year.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson said: 'Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents. We must do better.'
The collision between Fitzgerald and Crystal was avoidable and resulted from an accumulation of smaller errors over time, ultimately resulting in a lack of adherence to sound navigational practices.
The collision between John S McCain and Alnic MC was also avoidable and resulted primarily from complacency, over-confidence and lack of procedural compliance.

US Navy's Fleet Comprehensive Review
06 November 2017

On 2 November the US Navy released the report of the Fleet Comprehensive Review conducted by Commander, US Fleet Forces Command, Admiral Phil Davidson.
Collisions between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and mv ACX Crystal and between USS John S McCain (DDG 56) and mv Alnic MC, along with other similar incidents over the past year, indicated a need for the US Navy to undertake a review of a wider scope to better determine systemic causes. The US Navy's Comprehensive Review of Surface Force Incidents, completed 26 October represents the results of this effort. This review represents a summary of significant actions needed to fix the larger problems and their causes leading up to these incidents.

HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials
02 November 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed on 30 October from Portsmouth Naval Base for the next set of sea trials to test the £3 billion ship's capability. She is expected to be at sea for this month and will be delivered to the Royal Navy by the end of the year. - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2017 ©

On 30 October HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time since arriving at her home port in August. The Royal Navy's future flagship has embarked on the next set of sea trials to test her capability.
Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base, Captain Bill Oliphant said: 'HMS Queen Elizabeth has been in Portsmouth Naval Base for two months of planned maintenance to allow her to sail to complete her sea trials today (30 October). This period at sea will mark an extremely significant milestone in the life of the ship leading towards her acceptance into the Royal Navy at her commissioning later this year, back in her home port of Portsmouth.'

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