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Maritime UK Chair writes to new Prime Minister about navigation freedom and climate goals

A letter from Maritime UK Chair, Harry Theochari, to the new Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, highlights the importance of the sector to national prosperity, and identifies key priorities for the UK’s maritime industries. These include protecting freedom of navigation, coastal economic development, decarbonisation, improving the UK’s maritime competitiveness and developing its workforce. The letter also establishes immediate steps the sector wants to see on Brexit.

Project doubles are of mapped ocean floor

The data available to conclude to the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, two years after the start of an international effort to produce a complete map by 2030. Namely, after the efforts of the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has grew from 6% to 15%.

Explaining High Seas Forecasts

NOAA’s High Seas Forecasts are weather forecasts and data transmitted around the world in real- and near-real-time. These forecasts are aiming to make navigation safer, especially considering the fact that for centuries not much could be done to make shipping safe, because of weather unpredictability.

IMarEST launches survey on the effects of extreme weather on seafarers

IMarEST, in light of its partnership with the ‘Navigating a Changing Climate (NaCC)’ initiative, announced the launch of a survey aiming to explore the effects of the extreme weather events on seaports and inland ports. The survey aims to get a better insight into the consequences and the costs that arise after accidents from extreme weather.

Tribunal decides on what is a good weather description

As Steamship Mutual informs, according to a recent reported arbitration, a Tribunal considered a good weather description which referred to both Douglas sea state and significant wave height in a charterparty performance warranty. The parties agreed that it was difficult to reconcile ‘significant wave height’ and ‘douglas sea state’. However, they disagreed on how the two phrases could be read together.

USCG conducts Massachusetts and Rhode Island port access route study

The USCG is conducting a Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. The information of the MARIPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the MARIPARS is to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses.

Explaining what ‘doldrums’ are

What can be described as ‘doldrum’? According to NOAA’s National Ocean Service, ‘doldrums’ is a belt around the Earth that extends about five degrees north and south of the equator. In this area, the prevailing trade winds of the northern hemisphere blow to the southwest. This leads them to collide with the southern hemisphere’s driving northeast trade winds.

Nautical Institute launches new edition of The Principles of Navigation

The Nautical Institute launched the 11th edition of The Admiralty Manual of Navigation, Volume 1: The Principles of Navigation. This edition is the first to be digital by design and is based on the assumption that the readers’ vessel will be sailed using IMO type-approved ECDIS.

Denmark, Ghana extend maritime cooperation

Denmark and Ghana have cooperated on e-navigation solutions, implementation of international regulations and training of tugboat captains since 2015. This week, the two countries extended the strategic sector cooperation until 2021. The overall purpose of the strategic sector cooperation between Denmark and Ghana is to boost capacity building in the maritime sector that benefits both countries.

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