UK Hydrographic Office uses crowdsourced information from seafarers who report navigational challenges and other sightings through submitting a Hydrographic Note paper or through the H-Note App. Hydrographic note is usually submitted through a form of fax or filling a form and sending it via email . Yet, the application enhances the navigational safety since connectivity helps with passing fast information. The application allows the cooperation with the campera of the smartphone or its GPS for a better gathering of location information.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing for potential incidents involving oil and hazardous materials in U.S. Arctic waters through the U.S. Coast Guard. Its aim is to ensure access to early and on-going information about the nature and magnitude of spills to help with effective cleanup.
The Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service (SAINTS) launched a technology that aspires to pilot smart digital initiatives to boost trade and foster economic growth in North East ports.
Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme using sophisticated satellites for earth observation. Managed by EMSA, the service can be used to address a wide range of areas, such as piracy, marine environment, defence, and customs.
NATO’s Science and Technology Organisation is partnering with Globalstar Europe Satellite Services (SGAT) for IoT System to monitor the oceans. The research focuses on the horizontal motion in the sea and on how surface properties are transported deeper into the water column.
Maritime industry will enhance safety and sustainability if it becomes more connected and better informed by data, Mr Matthew Galston, Cobham SATCOM argues, highlighting the importance of increased connectivity onboard. Among others, the quality of a ship’s connectivity impacts the wellness on board.
The European Commission has accepted Tunisia’s request to become part of the EU LRIT Cooperative Data Centre. The application was made in September 2017, and EU decided that it meets the criteria needed. EU LRIT CDC identifies and tracks EU flagged vessels globally and integrates them into the wider international Long LRIT system.
Mr. Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime of Marlink, highlights that connectivity is crucial for safe operations while he notes that demand for bandwidth is on rise which is important because available connectivity improves life onboard, keeping the crew happy and in touch with family and friends ashore.
The first of its kind satellite was launched on December 3 into a sun-synchronous orbit as part of Spaceflight’s SSO- A SmallSat Express mission on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base, USA. The UK telecommunications satellite will enhance security and commercial shipping.
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