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Marlink to provide new hybrid communication service

Marlink will introduce a new hybrid communication service. Sealink Global 4G will enable fast, low-latency mobile services when in network range while complementing VSAT connectivity when in regulated regions. Sealink Global 4G has been tested in different regions around the world, with positive feedback on performance and reliability. The service will be available after its launch at Nor-Shipping.

AIS Technology explained

With the rapid evolution observed within the technology sector, from machine learning to analysis of big data, the information one can extract from Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are doing nothing but increasing with the passage time. 

Benefits of internet access onboard outweigh safety concerns, survey shows

A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) presents that internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships is more widespread and available than previously imagined. In addition, the survey shows the positive benefits related with this access, which outweigh the feared safety concerns regarding the technology.

Satellites will be able to measure emissions from space

WattTime, a nonprofit artificial intelligence firm, announced that it will cooperate with Google.org on a new project that has to do with the use of global network of satellites to measure carbon emissions from all large power plants worldwide and render the information public.

PSA, SATS to advance sea-air connectivity in Singapore

PSA International and SATS Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide cargo owners and logistics service providers with connectivity for better supply chain efficiency, and to advance Singapore’s status as a key multimodal transport hub. The partnership between PSA and SATS aims to enhance Singapore’s position as a global transshipment hub.

GPS interference in Red Sea and Med. Sea

The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued the US Maritime Advisory No. 2019-005 regarding Global Positioning System (GPS) interference in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. Therefore, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator urges all RMI-flagged vessels transiting the designated areas listed in the below Advisory to exercise caution.

FCC to withdraw as an accounting authority by 2020

The Federal Communications Commission released a Public Notice announcing a transition and outreach plan to facilitate its withdrawal as an accounting authority in the United States in the maritime mobile and maritime mobile satellite services.

USCG: GMDSS master plan

In a circular issued on 4 March, IMO announced that all information related to shore-based facilities for the GMDSS communicated to the organization is available to all registered public account holders through the new GISIS module on the Master plan of shore-based facilities for the GMDSS.

Watch: SpaceX rocket affected by weather after its landing at sea

Spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first commercial mission of its Falcon Heavy rocket last week with success, and it landed all three of the flight’s reusable boosters, including a landing at sea for the centre booster. Yet, the centre core booster couldn’t be secured because of bad weather conditions and SpaceX confirmed that it toppled over during its transmit back to port.

Watch: Satellites depict maritime traffic in the English Channel

Hundreds of radar images taken by satellites, via the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission from 2016 to 2018 have been compressed into a single image, depicting maritime traffic in the English Channel. Two Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar instruments, which can see through clouds and rain, and in the dark, to image Earth’s surface. 

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