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AMSA reminds of the GPS week roll over on April 6th

AMSA informed that on April 6th, the GPS week counter rolls over and resets to zero. This change may affect Industrial Control Systems and Critical Infrastructure owners and operators. It could also lead to log time stamp information, loss of communication between devices, inability to authenticate multi-factor authentication, or the ability to log in to computers.

Inmarsat partners with Microsoft Azure IoT on satellite deal

Inmarsat, a global leader in mobile satellite communications, announced a partnership with Microsoft that will enhance supply chain visibility and allow customers in the transportation and logistics sectors to transfer Industrial IoT (IIOT) data to the cloud.

UK MCA: 2nd GPS Week Number Rollover to take place in April

The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency informed operators that use GPS for both position and UTC, that the GPS Week Number will be rolling over for the second time, on April 6th, 2019. This could lead stand-alone GPS receivers and systems using GPS chips, to produce data that is 19.7 years either in the past or future, thus generating errors in both the GPS position and time.

Fast, low-cost connectivity vital for seafarers

Connectivity remains the number one demand for seafarers. However, they also expect better levels of service and lower costs. It was also observed that seafarers are keen to make crew internet access compulsory on all ships. However, respondents felt that insufficient investment is being made to ensure ongoing, high speed, and quality connections.

Marlink receives SMART4SEA Connectivity Award

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Marlink has received the 2019 SMART4SEA Connectivity Award, sponsored by Vessel Performance Solutions, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on January the 29th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference.

Vessel’s anchor may have caused Tonga’s internet blackout

Tonga has been but cut off from the internet last week, as an undersea cable connecting the archipelago to the wider world was damaged on January 27. This led communications across the tiny and isolated country into chaos. According to cable’s owner, a ship’s anchor may have caused the outage. The outage damaged overseas phone calls, money transfers, airline bookings, and university enrolments.

Using crowdsourcing to enhance navigational safety

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.

DHS tests robot to track oil spills under Arctic Ice

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.  

UK smart port project initiates in northeast England

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.

Watch: Copernicus on coastal vulnerability assessment

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. 

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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