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How to ensure safe navigation in Singapore Strait

The Singapore Strait and the Port of Singapore are busy waterways, where large numbers of ships of different types transit and make port calls. As such, MPA Singapore issued a circular providing safe navigation tips for vessels sailing in regional waters.

Shipowners Club: Key tips for fishing vessel safety

On the occasion of the Maritime Safety Week, the Shipowners Club issued its fishing vessel safety booklet, summarizing key safety tips for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. There have been many studies carried out over the years showing that fatalities on fishing vessels remain a real threat. 

Japanese partners study automatic collision avoidance

A Japanese research partnership, comprising Japanese shipping company MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), aims at developing an advanced navigation support system. 

Preventing Fixed and Floating Object incidents whilst under pilotage

While the number of Fixed and Floating Object claims has remained stable, the number of high value claims has risen alarmingly in the last two years, West P&I Club informed. The Club has seen a succession of extremely costly FFO claims occurring whilst vessels are in harbours or rivers and proceeding under pilotage. 

Key safety questions to consider with respect to ECDIS

As installation schedule ends in July 2018, more vessels are embracing ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. The primary function of ECDIS is to enhance the safety of navigation, but experience is showing that installation and approval alone are not enough to achieve this goal.

USCG informs of GPS satellite maintenance on 22, 23 June

The US Navigation Center posted a notice alerting users of the Global Positioning System that there is possibility of a short period with high Horizontal Dilution of Precision (HDOP) / Position Dilution of Precision (PDOP) in certain locations, because of satellite maintenance.

GPS common problems and how to mitigate them

Navigation relies heavily to the Global Positioning System. This is because it is easy to use, accurate and reliable. However, GPS signals can be compromised by both natural and human sources. If that happens it can lead to inaccurate data or complete loss of GPS signal, North P&I Club informs.

USCG removes aids to navigation off Virginia

The US Coast Guard is overseeing the removal of 56 aids to navigation in the Virginia Inside Passage on Virginia’s Eastern Shore from June to August. Dayboards in waterways from Gargathy Inlet to north of Great Machipongo Inlet are being removed, after shoaling in these areas created a hazard to navigation.

South Korea to advance efforts for a global e-navigation system

The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that 200 officials from 20 governments and international organizations will attend the second e-Navigation Underway Asia-Pacific gathering, which starts on Monday, June 4 in Seoul for a two-day run. There will be a total of five sessions, while 22 reports will be presented.

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