The Port of Hamburg Authority along with partners successfully tested an innovative 5G application focusing on fixed-line and mobile communications that will contribute to the efficient operation of the port. 5G is a new network concept that aspires to enhance the traffic in the port of Hamburg and provide a helpful tool for HPA. It allows networks to be adapted dynamically and flexibly to the demands of a broad spectrum of applications.
U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-014 informs of a continued GPS interference by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea It is causing the alternation of GPS signals and affects the navigation and communication of vessels. GPS interference is causing the loss or the alternation of GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing and communications equipment.
The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, DSC and AIS when in the vicinity of LED lighting on-board ships, such as navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment.
According to the US Maritime Administration, GPS interference has been reported near Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia, near the position 21-29N, 039-09E on October 15th and 18th, 2018. These incidents have not been confirmed, but according to MARAD, this interference is resulting in either inaccurate positions or no position.
Inmarsat is migrating the GMDSS Services, Inmarsat C and Fleet 77, from the Inmarsat-3 satellite constellation to the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation. During the migration manual intervention on Inmarsat Ship Earth Stations may be necessary. After each phase of the migration the coverage area of these GMDSS services will change.
India and France announced their plan to launch satellites aimed for maritime surveillance, as French space agency CNES chief Jean-Yves Le Gall informed. The satellites will focus on the Indian Ocean and they will constitute India’s largest space cooperation with any country.
Maritime frequencies are protected by a set of rules and procedures. Their use is supported by technical standards, and reports, while there are program aims to safeguard important frequencies used by emergency position indicating radio beacons.
China launched a new marine satellite into orbit earlier this month, aiming to enhance the understanding of maritime waters and climate change. Specifically, the satellite will provide with data for research on the global oceans’ environment. The satellite has a life span of five years.
Associated British Ports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work with Marine Transport International, to create one of Europe’s first detailed pilot programmes. This project aims to examine the implementation of blockchain technology to improve port connectivity.
GPS outage has been recently a key area of concern for navigation mostly in Eastern Mediterranean. USCG NAVCEN is now publishing reports of GPS problems on its website. Any notes about problem resolution, if available, will also be listed. The website will be updated as new reports are received and processed.
EMSA: Overview of maritime casualties in 201716/11/2018
Awilco LNG: LNG trade has increased 6% in 201816/11/2018
Two ships collide off Borkum, Germany16/11/2018
USCG ceased ferry operation in South Carolina16/11/2018
Port of Savannah marks container moving record in October16/11/2018
BIMCO updates ship repair contracts16/11/2018
Nor Shipping lays eyes on sustainability ISO certification16/11/2018
Australia set to become world’s biggest exporter of LNG16/11/2018
India jumps 23 ranks in port development, World Bank report says16/11/2018
EU to fund LNG infrastructure project16/11/2018