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How wireless communications ensures safe navigation

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 satellite to research oceans environment

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.

ABP to use blockchain to improve port connectivity

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.

USCG NAVCEN to publish GPS problems reports

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.

UK satellites to boost monitoring of shipping activity

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. confirmed the successful launch of two satellites, launched into a 580km sun-synchronous orbit onboard the PSLV launch vehicle, which are expected to ease monitoring of marine environment and provide direct radar ship detection information.

Rolls-Royce, Iridium team up on autonomous ships connectivity

Rolls-Royce Marine and Iridium Communications signed a Letter of Intent, in support of their autonomous vessel development program. Under the LoI, the parties will work together to explore incorporating Iridium’s L-band satellite broadband service, Iridium Certus, into the RRM suite of Ship Intelligence solutions.

A broader safety platform for seafarers in distress

Mr. Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, talks about the next steps toward GMDSS modernisation. Following recent IMO decision with regards to GMDSS, real progress can be made in the functionality of the satellite-based emergency service seafarers call on in the last resort.

Reliable connectivity vital to shipping recruitment

Connectivity is becoming a significant factor in recruitment, particularly for those entering the industry. Young people who have grown up taking connectivity so granted consider the ability to get online a significant deciding factor for a career at sea, the report ‘Navigating everyday connectivities at sea’ says.

EU launches satellites to improve its navigation system

EU announced that four more Galileo satellites were successfully launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana. Now with a total of 26 satellites, the EU’s global satellite navigation system will provide a more precise signal across a range of services.

GPS Outage – A Navigator’s Nightmare

In the latest issue of Signals newsletter by North P&I Club, John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, shares his views with respect to GPS, citing common problems that impede safe navigation and best practice for navigational officers to maintain good situational awareness.

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