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NOAA: What is GPS

In the past and for centuries, sailors used the constellations, sun, and moon to navigate to distant shores. Today,  all that’s needed is a device called a GPS receiver. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and it lets us know where we are and where we are going anywhere on Earth.

Satellite images provide info on possible slick offshore Indonesia

SkyTruth, environmental monitoring organization that watches for illegal activity using satellite data, spotted a slick near the Northern tip of Indonesia’s Bangka Belitung Islands. The slick was captured by radar satellite, Sentinel-1, on the evening of January 8, 2019.

Russian GPS spoofing threatens safety of navigation, report says

C4ADS, a non-profit analytic group, launched a report according to which Russia is spoofing GPS signals. After a year of research ‘Above Us Only Stars – Exposing GPS spoofing in Russia and Syria’ report highlights that the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) attacks are emerging as a disruptive and strategic threat.

Canada decides to extend satellite AIS contract

ORBCOMM, a provider of Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things solutions, announced that Canada has exercised the option for an additional year on their contract through ORBCOMM’s Canadian partner Maerospace, a supplier of AIS data and maritime domain awareness solutions. ORBCOMM will be providing satellite AIS data for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts to Canada.

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.


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