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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.


Deadline for abstracts for Pacific PNT 2019 conference
31 October 2018

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Institute of Navigation's (ION) Pacific PNT 2019 conference is Thursday, 1 November 2018.
Pacific PNT 2019 is organized by the prestigious Pacific Rim Advisory Board and will feature peer reviewed and indexed technical papers presented on a diverse array of topics with special invited sessions being highlighted in BeiDou, COSMIC/FORMOSAT and QZSS.


IAAC guest workshop
31 October 2018

Moshe Idan, IAAC President aAdvises that the IAAC guest workshop entitled: "Model Predictive Control: Concepts, Algorithms, Tools, and Applications" will be held on 5 November 2018, in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia.
The workshop will be delivered by Professor Alberto Bemporad from the IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy.


Trinity House commemorates the end of the First World War
28 October 2018

On 24 October Trinity House London announced that lighted beacons will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War which falls on Sunday 11 November, Armistice Day. By way of tribute a series of unique events are being organised, including what are known as WW1 Beacons of Light in which Trinity House is proud to take part. At 1900 over 1,000 gas-powered Beacons of Light will be lit up and down the land, symbolising an end to the darkness of war and here a number of Trinity House lighthouses and locations will play a part and be lighted by volunteers from Trinity House. Members of the public have been invited to join at the locations listed below to take part in this unique event.
The event is inspired by the 1914 Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London's Mall remarking to a friend 'The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.'


New products and services from Orolia
21 October 2018

In mid-October Orolia, a world leader in resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) provision introduced its new McMurdo Horizon™ system (illustrated), said to be the world's first S- and L-band compatible phased-array system. This features antennas developed by Ball Aerospace with all-seeing, horizon-to-horizon coverage to reliably capture search and rescue signals relayed from orbiting satellites immediately after line-of-sight is established.
The technology team behind this latest innovation includes Orolia's McMurdo subsidiary, providers of emergency readiness and response devices, and a world leader in the design, development and installation of search and rescue ground- based infrastructure, and Ball Aerospace. The latter brings sophisticated phased-array antenna technology to the challenge of enhancing global search and rescue programs.


INC 2018
19 October 2018

The Royal Institute of Navigation's INC 2018 conference is less than a month away. Early delegate and accommodation booking recommended.


US PNT Advisory Board meeting recommendations
18 October 2018

The 6 August meeting of the US Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board was unusual for several reasons. First, it was a departure from the board's normal semi-annual spring and fall meeting schedule. At its meeting in May the board was unable to finalize several recommendations and did not want to delay delivery of its work to the administration until its scheduled meeting in December. Hence, this intersessional meeting.
Also, the meeting was the group's first to be held virtually (on-line and telephonically). Board members from locations in the US, Switzerland, Australia, Egypt, Norway, and Mexico participated. Many did so at an unusual hour of their day but were glad they were able to participate without the need for air travel.
It was also unusual for the large number of recommendations that resulted. This abundance of advice was the product, in many cases, of several years' work by the board. This meeting was an opportunity to finalize and formalize the group's efforts.


Heavy contact made by container vessel
18 October 2018

MAIB/Gov/UK Crown Copyright 2018 ©

At 1137 on 4 May 2017, the UK registered container ship CMA CGM Centaurus made heavy contact with the quay and two shore cranes while under pilotage during its arrival at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. The accident resulted in the collapse of a shore crane and ten injuries, including one serious injury, to shore personnel.
The accident occurred because the ship was unable to attain a sufficiently high rate of turn into a basin in preparation for berthing. The pilot was unaware of the ship's speed, and the ship's bridge team were uncertain of the maximum speed required to complete the turn safely.
There was no agreed plan for the intended manoeuvre, and therefore no shared mental model between the bridge team and the pilot. Consequently, the pilot was operating in isolation without the support of the bridge team, allowing the pilot's decision-making to become a single system point of failure.


ICS releases new study on Seafarers and Digitalisation
16 October 2018

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study conducted by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) on behalf of ICS, regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.
In light of growing media interest and the diversity of expert opinions on the subject, the study seeks to separate fact from fiction. Commenting on its release, ICS Secretary General, Guy Platten said: 'The two-year IMO regulatory scoping exercise for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships is now well underway to determine how existing IMO instruments can be leveraged to ensure that autonomous ships are safe, secure, and environmentally sound.'
With over 1.6 million seafarers currently estimated to serve in merchant ships trading internationally, the impact of MASS on seafarers requires thorough consideration going forward.


Hundreds of UK troops deploy on Exercise Trident Juncture
12 October 2018

The British Army's 4th Infantry Brigade HQ is deploying to command UK Reconnaissance, Infantry, Combat and Logistic Support units alongside a Danish battlegroup and a Polish Mechanised Infantry Company - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A column of British Army support vehicles crossing from Germany to Denmark on their way to Norway - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
A driver from the convoy packet cleans the underneath of the vehicle to decontaminate it before driving to Norway - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

On 10 October hundreds of UK troops arrived in The Netherlands as part of an epic 2,500km road move to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO's flagship exercise in 2018. In Norway, UK Armed Forces personnel will contribute to the large-scale and complex exercise which will test NATO's most important founding principle of collective defence in an Article 5 scenario - when an attack on one is an attack on all. With some 150 aircraft, 40,000 participants and 10,000 vehicles, this is the largest collective defence exercise NATO has seen in over a decade.


CSIRO radio telescope nearly doubles number of fast radio bursts
11 October 2018

An artist's impression of CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope observing fast radio bursts in fly's-eye mode. Each antenna points in a slightly different direction, giving maximum sky coverage - © OzGrav, Swinburne UoT
Antennas of CSIRO's Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope - CSIRO/Alex Cherney©

Australian researchers using a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of "fast radio bursts" - powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space.
The team's discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected and their findings were reported from CSIRO HQ in Canberra on 10 October and in the journal Nature. Fast radio bursts come from all over the sky and last for just milliseconds. Scientists do not know what causes them but it must involve incredible energy - equivalent to the amount released by the Sun in 80 years, it is claimed.


Assured PNT military technology
09 October 2018

It was recently announced from Washington, DC, that Orolia, a world leader in Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions would be presenting a comprehensive suite of Assured PNT military technology devices and systems at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, currently underway to 10 October. There will also be an introduction to Orolia's latest wearable battlefield communications equipment.
Orolia's comprehensive PNT technology devices are reported to deliver precise, secure battlefield communications, situational awareness and decision support for a wide range of mission applications.


ION abstract submission deadline
09 October 2018

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the ION co-located International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications Meeting is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.


IAIN 16th World Congress
08 October 2018

The 16th World Congress of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN) will be hosted by the Japan Institute of Navigation (JIN). This event will be held from 28 November to 1 December at the world-class Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The World Congress has been held in a different region every three years to discuss technical navigation issues since 1976.
If you have not registered yet you are encouraged to do so with haste on the dedicated Congress website to be found at: www.iain2018.org. A (tentative) program is here.


Boeing teams with Robotic Skies to provide enhanced commercial unmanned aircraft system services
05 October 2018

On 2 October it was announced that Boeing and its subsidiaries Jeppesen and Aviall have joined with Robotic Skies, a leading commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) support services provider, to develop and deliver industry- leading supply chain management and optimization, analytics, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the commercial and civil UAS markets.


ION's Kepler Award to Dr Oliver Montenbruck
04 October 2018

Dr Oliver Montenbruck

It was reported from ION HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 2 October that the Institute of Navigation's (ION) Satellite Division presented Dr Oliver Montenbruck with its Johannes Kepler Award on 28 September at the ION GNSS+ Conference (Miami, Florida) for his pioneering contributions to GPS for navigation of space vehicles, the advancement of multi-GNSS understanding and tracking networks to support scientific and societal benefit.
The Johannes Kepler Award recognizes and honours an individual for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. It is the highest honour bestowed by the ION's Satellite Division.


Dr Yu Jiao receives the ION Bradford W Parkinson Award
04 October 2018

Dr. Yu "Joy" Jiao, Colorado State University

At the ION GNSS+ Conference in September, the Bradford W Parkinson Award was presented to Dr Yu Jiao in recognition of her graduate student excellence in GNSS in her thesis, Low-Latitude Ionospheric Scintillation Signal Simulation, Characterization and Detection on GPS Signals.
The Bradford W Parkinson Award is granted annually to recognize an outstanding graduate student in the field of GNSS, and is presented in honour of Bradford W Parkinson for his leadership in establishing the US Global Positioning System and for his work on behalf of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation.


The annual Royal Navy Photographic Competition
03 October 2018

HMS Trenchant has broken through the ice of the North Pole with two US submarines, as polar Ice Exercise 18 (ICEX) comes to an end. - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Royal Marines turned Angels to rescue comrades from the battlefield in the Arizona desert. - photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Aspen Mbabazi takes part in an air defence exercise where personnel were closed up on the Bridge and in the Operations Room. -photo: MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©

Each year at this time skilled photojournalists are recognised for their perfect pictures in the Royal Navy's annual photographic competition - the Peregrine Trophy Awards. These were presented at an event at Trinity House in the City of London in the last week of September.
Royal Navy photographers are charged with telling the stories of sailors and Royal Marines around the world through still imagery and video, taking them on deployments with warships and commando units wherever they may go. In the past year their imagery and video has covered everything from submarine operations in the North Pole, flight deck operations on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, joyful homecomings and Royal Marines Commando exercises in hot climates.


(US) ION requests comment on GNSS software defined radio (SDR) metadata standard
03 October 2018

It was announced by the (US) Institute of Navigation from its HQ in Manassas, Virginia, on 2 October that the Institute's GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard working group is seeking its second and final public comment on the standard through to 30 November, 2018.
The formal standards document is available at: sdr.ion.org where comments may be made by clicking on "Submit a Comment."
Public comments are being accepted through to 30 November 2018.


World Maritime Day 2018
29 September 2018

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been celebrating its major anniversaries during 2018, with focus on the achievements of past decades as well as the challenges of the future, as the Organization seeks to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.
On 27 September, IMO and the global maritime community celebrate the annual World Maritime Day, under the theme: IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future.


F 35s flying off HMS Queen Elizabeth
29 September 2018

Two F-35B Lightning II fighter jets have successfully landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time, laying the foundations for the next 50 years of fixed wing aviation in support of the UK's Carrier Strike Capability - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2018 ©
Commander Nathan Gray RN, made history by being the first to land on, carefully manoeuvring his stealth jet onto the thermal coated deck - image credited to Lieutenant-Commander Lindsey Waudby RN ©

The first F-35 Lightning fighter jets have landed on the deck of the United Kingdom's new aircraft carrier, making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of the Royal Navy's Carrier Strike operations. On 25 September Commander Nathan Gray, RN, and RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell were the first pilots to land their stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the potential formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and her fleet of jets.


ATSB investigation into King Air accident highlights the importance of checklists
25 September 2018

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released the final report into Loss of control and collision with terrain involving Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft at Essendon Airport.
ATSB Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood said this accident emphasised the importance of having a cockpit checklist in place applicable to an aircraft's specific and current modification status. He commented: 'Checklists are a part of every pilot's pre-flight risk management plan and are an essential tool for overcoming limitations of the human memory.'


2019 Living Planet Symposium
22 September 2018

The LPSA19 Symposium has extended an invitation to readers to participate in the European Space Agency's 2019 Living Planet Symposium. This event, which is held every three years, will take place on 13-17 May 2019 in Milan, Italy. The Symposium is organised with the support of the Italian Space Agency and the European Commission.
Here the focus is on how Earth Observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies are changing the traditional Earth Observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.


CSIRO launches ASEAN presence
18 September 2018

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore, 17 September 2018 - photo: CSIRO ©

Australian science and technology will be front and centre in the ASEAN region as Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, formally launched its presence in Singapore on 18 September.
The announcement coincided with Singapore-headquartered investment company, Temasek, becoming the third largest investor in the A$232 million CSIRO Innovation Fund, managed by Main Sequence Ventures.
The CSIRO Innovation Fund supports new spin-outs, start-ups, and Small and Medium Enterprises engaged in the translation of research generated in the Australian publicly funded research sector, including the CSIRO and universities.


Considering the use of pitot head prove covers
18 September 2018

Pitot probe covers removed from the aircraft after the incident flight reported. Photo: ATSB ©.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's safety advisory notice released on 30 August advises operators flying to Brisbane Airport to consider the use of pitot probe covers and, when used, ensure rigorous processes are in place to confirm the covers are removed before flight.
The release of this advisory notice follows the publication of the ATSB's preliminary report into an airspeed indication failure on take-off of an Airbus A330 at Brisbane airport on 18 July 2018. The ATSB found that local engineering support crew placed covers on the pitot probes soon after the previous landing. Inspections during the aircraft's turnaround did not identify their fitment and they remained on the aircraft for its departure. This resulted in unusable airspeed information being displayed to the flight crew.


Brexit and Pilot licensing: clarification
17 September 2018

With regard to Brexit and clarifying the position on pilot licensing, UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) Head of Flight Operations, Rob Bishton, commented on 14 September: 'In a no-deal Brexit scenario, UK pilots operating UK-registered aircraft will not need to have their current licence reissued. Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered aircraft as the United Kingdom is a signatory to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Chicago Convention. Our licences are internationally recognised - including by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - both now and after 29 March 2019.

The CAA annual report


OMC's technology wins export award
17 September 2018

Dr Terry O'Brien, centre, with at left Victoria's Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Philip Dalidakis, and to the right HM Governor of Victoria, the Hon Linda Dessau at the Government House presentation on 14 September.

Winning a prestigious 2018 Governor of Victoria Export Award further cements OMC International's reputation as an industry leader in under-keel clearance (UKC) management, Executive Director Dr Terry O'Brien AM said in a communique? issued on 17 September. Dr O'Brien received the Business Services Award trophy from the Governor of the State of Victoria, Australia, the Hon Linda Dessau, at a reception at Government House on the night of 14 September. The award was 'For outstanding international success in the professional business services including ...engineering...'


Storm names for 2018-2019 announced
13 September 2018

Storm Hector of June 2018 - photo www.metoffice.gov.uk ©

On 11 September the (UK) Met Office and Met Éireann revealed the list of storm names for the coming season. First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Irish Republic) have jointly run the 'Name our Storms' scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.
This year the first storm will be 'male' and named Ali, while the second storm will be 'female' and named Bronagh, following the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970s.


IHMA change of Secretary
11 September 2018

The International Harbour Masters' Association reports that Sabrina Delelis has been appointed Secretary of the organisation in succession to Anne Carnegie who has departed after six years in the post.


IMO HQ open to the public
10 September 2018

Photographs kindly provided by IMO ©

As part of the continuing celebrations of IMO's 70th anniversary, the organisation we will be opening its HQ to the public within the framework of the annual London Open House Weekend initiative.
This exciting event, a first for IMO, will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 from 1100 to 1600, and will give the public a rare opportunity to visit the building (see illustrations) and learn about the role and importance of IMO.
In this regard staff at IMO would appreciate it if readers could help to spread the word by forwarding the following link to friends and colleagues.


The Nautical Institute updates its support for CMMar award
07 September 2018

It was reported on 5 September that The Nautical Institute had signed an updated administrative agreement in support of the Chartered Master Mariner (CMMar) programme - a new professional maritime standard. This agreement, signed by the Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Captain Rob Booth (pictured, right), and the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, Captain John Lloyd (left), has been refined to establish clarity of requirement for UK and international applicants and to ensure administrative support and record keeping continue to be delivered by The Nautical Institute.
The CMMar award serves to recognise mariners who have benefited the maritime industry, enhanced their professional capabilities and demonstrated a willingness to help others.


CANSO Africa Conference 2018
05 September 2018

It was reported from Mombasa on 4 September that CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, has identified key areas of focus for improving the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of air traffic management (ATM) in Africa paving the way for a seamless sky. From robust industry partnerships, to embracing tools and technologies and finding common solutions to common problems, CANSO has called on the ATM community in Africa to leverage the power of partnership and innovation and work together to improve performance across the region.
The CANSO Africa Conference 2018 was hosted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and supported by lead sponsor Aireon in Mombasa, Kenya, on 3-5 September.


Effective see-and-avoid techniques needed at non-towered aerodromes
05 September 2018

Approximate location of aircraft when the C208 pilot called entering and rolling, Ballina Bryon Gateway Airport, New South Wales. - Source: Google Earth, annotated by the ATSB©

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is urging pilots to ensure they use effective see-and-avoid techniques to avoid traffic conflicts when flying at non-towered aerodromes.
Investigation by the ATSB into a traffic conflict between a Robinson R22 and a Cessna C208 highlights the importance of pilots maintaining a constant visual lookout to avoid traffic conflicts. This was reported by ATSB on 5 September 2018. The ATSB found that despite the use of the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) and the certified air/ground radio service (CA/GRO) to advise of their positions by both pilots and instructor on board VH-MFH (MFH was on a training circuit) the pilot of VH-SJJ moved onto the runway before he had visually identified the helicopter.


Harbour pilots and crew need shared understanding of passage plan for safe voyage
05 September 2018

Bulk carrier, Aquadiva - illustration reproduced by kind authorization of ATSB©

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is highlighting the >need for a shared understanding or 'shared mental model' of a ship's passage plan by bridge crew and harbour pilots to ensure a safe voyage. The ATSB's investigation into the near grounding of the bulk carrier Aquadiva in Newcastle Harbour (New South Wales) on 12 February 2017 also underlines the importance of a ship's bridge crew and harbour pilot engaging in effective communication and information exchange to develop this shared understanding or mental model of a ship's passage plan.


Two forthcoming IAAC workshops and a conference
03 September 2018

IAIN Member IAAC - the Israeli Association for Automatic Control - has as its main goal and focus the promotion of Automatic Control theory, practice and education in Israel.
On 5 November 2018, the IAAC will host a Guest workshop on Model Predictive Control: Concepts, Algorithms, Tools, and Applications. Speaker: Professor Alberto Bemporad, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy. Organizer: Professor Per-Olof Gutman, Technion. Location: Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel.
On 7 January 2019, the IAAC workshop Vision-Aided Navigation will be held. Organizers: Harel Kraus, Elbit Location: Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, Israel.
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In addition readers are invited to note that the IAAC co-sponsored 27th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED 19, will be held in Akko, Israel, from 1-4 July, 2019.


Operators and inspectors spot gaps in ECDIS knowledge
01 September 2018

It is understood from IAIN Member ECDIS Ltd that seafarers' results during on-line 1.27 Generic tests almost perfectly agree with the recently published list of observations made by Port State Control inspectors. Apparently there are still knowledge gaps, in particular with the new S52 PL 4.0 updates.
ECDIS Ltd report that over 1000 users in August 2018 alone refreshed their annual competency in IMO ECDIS 1.27 Generic tests with the company's renowned course which is now on-line at a non-profit price, or available for download.


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