The role of the ‘lookout’ on board ships is currently more important than ever, considering the increasing traffic volumes at sea and the more complex equipment used in bridge systems. A watchkeeper must understand the equipment available and determine the risk of collision.
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.
USCG initiated a Class I Civil Penalty against the owner of the vessels ‘Alaska Patriot’ and ‘Alaska Pioneer’ after the first was left adrift and derelict 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in December. Allegations include operating the two vessels beyond the boundary line without a valid load line, lack of a valid towing operator, and incorrect broadcast of Maritime Mobile Service Identity data.
At the end of 2017, Strava, a mobile appthat tracks athletic activity, released a global heatmap showing the “anonymised” movement patterns of its users who did not keep their data private. Among these users are seafarers and people on offshore platforms as well.
Advanced Satellite-AIS payloads launched aboard Norwegian satellites last year has boosted the number of ships tracked by up to 70% and ship positions received by factor of three. Statsat, the company operating the Norwegian satellites, has been operating the improved AIS-receivers for four months, unveiling promising results.
As the role of big data is becoming more and more important in the new era of automation, shipping companies are moving from a traditional way of doing business to a modern more digital world, exploiting all available data, software and tools, said Dimitris Lekkas, founder of MarineTraffic, speaking about the company’s product development process.
Japanese MOL announced an agreement with Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. to jointly develop a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality technology. MOL expects this technology to play a key role in realizing autonomous ships in the future.
Argyris Stasinakis Partner, Board Member and responsible for Business Development at MarineTraffic, talks about the company ‘s ship tracking services and discusses about its future plans.
On 27 November 2016, the Maltese registered cargo vessel ‘Sider Capri’ and the Italian flagged ro-ro vessel ‘Grande Anversa’ collided in the Çanakkale Strait’s Traffic Separation Scheme, both sustaining structural damages. The safety investigation by MSIU found that a close quarter situation developed to a point that a collision became inevitable.
Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency signed an agreement to pursue space activities for autonomous, remote controlled shipping, aiming to promote innovation in European digital logistics. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions for communication between vessel systems and shore based systems in addition to ship-to-ship communication.
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