The US Office of Navigation Systems informed that the US Coast Guard will stop broadcasts from its remaining 38 Differential GPS sites over the next three years, completing system reductions that began in 2016. The reduction of the remaining Coast Guard DGPS broadcast sites will begin in 2018, and will end with the last broadcast of GPS corrections over medium frequency in 2020.
Rolls-Royce’s MAXCMAS research project found that the use of newly developed algorithms allowed existing COLREGs to remain relevant in a crewless environment, and that Artificial Intelligence-based navigation systems can comply with the rules to avoid collision effectively, even when approaching manned vessels were interpreting the rules differently.
The IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), which took place 19-23 February 2018, informed that it will continue its work on matters related to e-navigation, in order to improve safety and efficiency.
UKHO introduced route diagrams alongside tabulated waypoint and route data to help mariners find key information quickly. It has also identified the world’s busiest trade routes for inclusion in the new edition, as well as those that are emerging. New route additions include voyages for ships calling at important commodity hubs in the Black Sea and Persian Gulf.
IMO announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia has become the 104th country to join the International Mobile Satellite Organization, the inter-governmental body that oversees the provision of certain satellite-based maritime distress communication services.
A new situational awareness system has been launched, aiming to reduce the risks of navigation during night, in bad weather on congested waterways. To do this, the system uses sensors with intelligent software. The new system, will collect data, in order to ensure safe navigation.
The Japan Coastguard announced the expansion of their Wave Glider fleet to the 9th Regional District, headquartered in Niigata, Japan, in an attempt to enhance their commitment to ocean monitoring. Current and historical oceanographic data helps the commercial and tourism industries with have an insight into weather patterns and ocean conditions.
UK’s maritime industry is on the verge of a technological revolution that could make shipping faster, safer and more environmentally friendly, was the key message of the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, outlining his vision for the UK to be at the forefront of a maritime technology revolution.
South Korea and Denmark have announced expansion of their cooperation seeking to enhance global marine navigation systems and develop technologies for automated ships, according to South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.
Soren Skou, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, Maersk, claimed that is very unlikely for the shipping industry to see container vessels operating without humans in the immediate future. Even though Maersk has significantly reduced crew sizes to promote automation, a complete lack of humans onboard ships is not feasible right now.
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