Avoiding collisions at sea: Risks arising from the use of VHF, AIS

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”), as amended, provides general rules to be followed in order to avoid collisions at sea where good seamanship should complement these rules. There has been a significant number of collisions where misuse of VHF radio equipment and AIS information has been established to be a contributory factor.

Western Bulk joins online data platform for dry bulk industry

Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk has signed up with an Oslo-based online market intelligence platform for dry bulk industry. The tech start up Oceanbolt provides real-time insights into trade flows, tonnage flow, fleet speed, dry docking and congestion.

AIS data entry crucial for safe navigation

The US Coast Guard (USCG) warns inland towboat operators to set up their AIS transponder to broadcast the full size of the barge tow, not just the size of the vessel.

Singapore appoints Pole Star as operator of LRIT National Data Centre

MPA Singapore published a circular informing the maritime sector of appointing the Pole Star Space Applications Limited (“Pole Star”) as Singapore Registry of Ships’ recognized Application Service Providers (ASP) and operator of the Singapore LRIT National Data Centre with effect from 1 March 2020.

Ten tips to improve situational awareness onboard

The Nautical Institute issued its newest edition of The Navigator focusing on the importance of Situational Awareness as a key component of safe navigation. Maintaining good situational awareness can be challenging and there are many things on a bridge that can cause distraction or overload.

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