On 22 August, during the state visit to France of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an agreement was signed by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Sivan K, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to start development and production of a constellation of satellites, to track tracking ships continuously.
On 8 August, the Port of Rotterdam Authority launched its new company PortXchange Products BV. The launch of PortXchange provides a platform to create new partnerships geared towards implementing smart digital solutions in ports worldwide.
UNCTAD placed the Shanghai port first in 2019 ranking of the world’s best-connected ports, that was published on August 7. The Shanghai port garnered a connectivity score of 134 points, followed by the ports of Singapore (124.63 points), Pusan (114.45 points) in Korea and Ningbo (114.35 points), also in China.
The United States wants all ships to keep their AIS systems on to minimize illicit activity and smuggling, and to increase transparency of ship movements around the globe, a senior State Department official said, in light of several recently-seen practices of vessels turning off their AIS.
Intellian signed a strategic partnership in satellite communications with Hyundai Global Service, on July 15, aiming to expand HGS’ ‘Integrated Smart Ship’ solution. This is a digital ecosystem for vessel and fleet management, including a data analysis platform.
On this day 40 years ago, 16 July 1979, the International Maritime Satellite Organization (InMarSat) was established by IMCO. Inmarsat was established as a non-profit intergovernmental organisation on 16 July 1979 to deliver maritime safety satellite communications.
The European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, remains offline as it suffered an outage on July 12, which was described as a technical incident regarding its ground infrastructure. Engineers are working to fix the problem, but as of now there is no update regarding when the service will resume.
In efforts of keeping track of the weather forecasts and predict how the weather will evolve, a team of researchers devised a computer model that, allegedly, will help forecasters spot developing storms faster and more accurately.
Inmarsat plans to introduce two new satellite payloads dedicated to the Arctic region, in collaboration with Space Norway and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT. The new Global Xpress (GX) payloads will support the increasing demand for reliable mobile broadband services in the Arctic and throughout the world.
The Swedish Club announced a new loss prevention pilot project, called ‘Trade Enabling Loss Prevention (TELP)’, which leverages technology in a bid to provide ships with timely advice when they are approaching areas of particular risk, to assist them to trade more safely.
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