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ESA, One Sea to promote maritime digitalization and autonomous shipping

One Sea coordinator DIMECC and the European Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Intent, aiming to bring together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology. The agreement aspires to encourage the development of space-based applications to analyse, enable and deploy maritime digitalisation and autonomy using latest generation connectivity.

Watch: How investing in maritime connectivity can improve regional value

The International Transport Forum 2019 Summit on ‘Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration’ took place from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. As the forum said, maritime transport has undergone major changes over the last decade, with overcapacity, environmental issues and employment, presenting new challenges.

Partners to launch remote machinery operation project

DNV GL’s Steinar Låg, Principal Researcher, discusses the future of remotely operated machinery and the advantages this method provides to the shipowners and the operators. Thus, DNV GL collaborates with Høglund, Fjord1, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority to explore the concept of moving the engine control room from the to a shore-based centre.

14 US companies urge for action on GPS interference

On the occasion of the International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June, a total of 14 maritime organizations sent a formal letter to the US Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz, requesting the issue of ‘deliberate interference’ with America’s GPS to be resolved.  

Norway addresses broadband communication in Arctic

The Norwegian Government announced an agreement with the state-owned company Space Norway to address the unstable broadband communication in the High North using satellites. The satellites are scheduled to be launched in 2022.

Port of Baku aims greener ports and digital connectivity

Announced in June 14, port of Baku collaborated with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the aim of promoting greener ports and connectivity in the Caspian sea region. The project will be implemented in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UNECE and leading private sector experts.

Mi-Fi trial project provides internet access to seafarers

Maritime welfare charities across the UK are taking part in a pilot project to provide the crews of visiting vessels with access to high-speed internet services. The pilot project is developed by ITF Seafarers’ Trust and managed by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB).

Non-compliant AIS devices can cause major disruptions

While Automatic Identification System (AIS) is designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel information, this navigational tool can degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems if it is non-compliant with adopted international standards, USCG warned. 

Infographic: What is EPIRB

EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.

MarineTraffic, exactEarth join forces to boost vessel tracking

Satellite and AIS provider exactEarth Ltd. and ship tracking and maritime intelligence provider MarineTraffic announced they have entered into a three-year channel partner agreement, to boost the offering of real-time information to maritime industry.

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