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UK MCA boards cargo that departed Sweden without permission

Scandinavian Coast Guard asked the UK MCA to board the Rix Emerald following allegations that the vessel departed Sweden without permission, and disappeared when the Swedish Transport Agency tried to detain the vessel, as the Courier reports.

Lessons learned: Good visibility not enough to prevent collision

The UK MAIB analyzed a case of a collision between a Ro-Ro passenger ferry and a motor cruiser, which was linked to insufficient lookout, despite fine weather and good visibility. Even in such conditions, other vessels can be easily missed if nobody is looking out for them, MAIB underlined. 

Satellites to monitor ships that turn off their AIS

Startup UnseenLabs informed about its intentions to launch up to six more ship-tracking cubesats during 2020. The satellites aim to monitor maritime traffic, by using orbiting sensors to track vessels that turn off their AIS. Unseenlabs aspires to establish 20 to 50 satellites in low Earth orbit.

Airbus upgrades maritime tracking service

Aerospace solutions provider Airbus Defence and Space announced an upgrade of its digital maritime service to detect, identify and track vessels around the globe. The updated service is expected to enhance search and rescue operations or location and tracking of illegal maritime activities.

Panama: Sanctions to vessels that deliberately turn off AIS

Panama Maritime Authority issued a Merchant Marine Notice to inform all those vessels of Panamanian Registry that deliberately turning off the Long Range Identification and Tracking Equipment (LRIT) or the Automatic Identification System (AIS) will be issued with sanctions. 

Watch: MOL unveils AI vessel recognition system

Japanese MOL and SenseTime Japan Ltd. developed a new vessel image recognition and recording system, which deploys artificial intelligence to recognize surrounding vessels. The video shows the system’s installation for demonstration testing aboard the cruise ship “Nippon Maru” operated by MOPAS.

France, India to develop satellites for continuous ship tracking

On 22 August, during the state visit to France of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an agreement was signed by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Sivan K, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to start development and production of a constellation of satellites, to track tracking ships continuously.

Ships sailing in Indonesia must have an active AIS

According to the Shipowners’ Club, with effect from 20 August 2019, under Regulation PM No. 7 of 2019, the Ministry of Transportation of The Republic of Indonesia has made it mandatory for ships sailing in Indonesian waters to install and activate an Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Indonesia requires vessels to activate AIS

As the Britannia P&I Club informed, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation are introducing a new regulation which comes into effect on 20 August 2019 requiring that all Indonesian and foreign-flagged ships sailing in Indonesian waters install and activate Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Tankers turning AIS off at Strait of Hormuz

Amid an escalating tension in the Persian Gulf over the last months, oil tanker owners seem to have found a new way to tackle the increased danger for ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important shipping route for oil supply.

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