safe navigation

How wireless communications ensures safe navigation

Maritime frequencies are protected by a set of rules and procedures. Their use is supported by technical standards, and reports, while there are program aims to safeguard important frequencies used by emergency position indicating radio beacons.

MOL to install voyage information display system with AR on VLCC

MOL plans to launch the experimental use of a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality technology on a very large crude carrier subsequently to car carrier. The system will be showing information such as other ships sailing around the vessel and landmarks like buoys.

USCG: Changes to Alternate Compliance Program

The US Coast Guard released a new Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (02-95, Change 3) on “The Alternate Compliance Program.” This change incorporates various policies and related provisions consistent with the Commandant’s Final Action Memo (FAM) on the sinking of the S.S. El Faro.

New regulations in effect in Chittagong Port to improve navigational safety

Responding to the increasing number of navigational incidents, accidents and near-misses in recent years, especially in the Chittagong outer anchorage, due to rising maritime traffic in the area, the local authority established new regulations and recommendations which are in effect from October 1, 2018.

Autopilot error leads to landing craft grounding

ATSB published the report on the grounding of ‘Lauren Hansen’ off Melville Island, in the Northern Territory. The incident took place on 10 April 2018, with ATSB citing an error on the autopilot as the cause of the grounding. This incident showed the implications of a failure or malfunction of any aspect of the ship’s steering systems

NYK introduces new ship-bridge concept to reduce casualties

Japanese shipping company NYK has completed a new concept for a ship’s bridge and employed it on a large container ship. The space and nautical instruments on this new bridge have been designed to take advantage of IoT aspects of instruments and to improve the safety and efficiency of vessel operation.

UKHO surveys Dominica waters to support ship safety and environment

UKHO deployed a motorboat to survey waters off Dominica, as part of the CME Programme. Data from the survey will be used to update navigation charts of the region and help Dominica to meet its international maritime obligations, including Implementation of IMO IIIC.

Project shows how intelligent awareness supports safe navigation

Roll-Royce and Japanese shipping company MOL announced the successful conclusion of a joint pilot project onboard the 165m passenger ferry ‘Sunflower Gold’, which proved how Intelligent Awareness and machine learning technologies can significantly improve navigational safety.

New hydrographic survey to improve safety in Cayman Islands

The UK Hydrographic Office shared the results of a seabed mapping program to improve safe navigation in Cayman waters. This program will help the Cayman Islands to comply with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. The project aims to publish new charts with data from the areas that will be surveyed.

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