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IMO Sub-Committee commits to improve e-navigation

The IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) informed that it will continued its work on matters related to e-navigation, in order to improve safety and efficiency. Namely, Draft Interim Guidelines for the harmonized display of navigation information received via communications equipment were agreed for submission to the MSC for approval.

Speed limit and heavy weather restrictions for vessels in Xiamen

Xiamen has introduced the ‘Marine Traffic Safety Regulation’, which has come into force on 1 March 2018, and imposes that the maritime administration department shall take traffic control measures at specific sea areas during specific period in the event of heavy weather, the UK Club informed citing Huatai correspondents.

Electronic devices may affect an effective lookout

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.

New Intelligent Awareness program to improve navigational safety

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.

Phase two of Joint Hydrographic Survey starts in SOMS

Three littoral states, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and the Malacca Strait Council of Japan officially commenced the second phase of a joint hydrographic survey of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, on 5 March, aiming to improve navigational safety in the region.

USCG charges owner of derelict fishing vessel off Alaska

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.

Caution required over record low temperatures in North China

North China is experiencing record low temperatures this season, and specially low temperatures in the past 2 weeks, posing a threat to safe navigation due to icy sea condition in the area. The key ports affected are those in the Liaodong Bay area, from Dalian to Huludao, Panjin, Bayuquan, Jinzhou and Dandong.

US, Russia propose ship traffic measures in Bering Strait

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed to IMO a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea, aiming to reduce the potential for marine casualties and environmental disasters.

Regional route sharing made possible in the Baltic

As a part of the EU project EfficienSea2, the surveillance system manufacturer Vissim has become the first operator to integrate voyage data from the ENSI-system in their own vessel traffic monitoring system, which will allow VTS centres and navigators to drastically reduce their reporting burdens.

Copernicus: The EU maritime surveillance service

Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service, previously known as GMES, is the European Programme using sophisticated satellites for earth observation. Managed by EMSA, the service can be used to address a wide range of areas, such as piracy, marine environment, defence, and customs. 

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