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Watch: Satellites depict maritime traffic in the English Channel

Hundreds of radar images taken by satellites, via the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission from 2016 to 2018 have been compressed into a single image, depicting maritime traffic in the English Channel. Two Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar instruments, which can see through clouds and rain, and in the dark, to image Earth’s surface. 

NOAA: What is GPS

In the past and for centuries, sailors used the constellations, sun, and moon to navigate to distant shores. Today,  all that’s needed is a device called a GPS receiver. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and it lets us know where we are and where we are going anywhere on Earth.

Satellite images provide info on possible slick offshore Indonesia

SkyTruth, environmental monitoring organization that watches for illegal activity using satellite data, spotted a slick near the Northern tip of Indonesia’s Bangka Belitung Islands. The slick was captured by radar satellite, Sentinel-1, on the evening of January 8, 2019.

Canada decides to extend satellite AIS contract

ORBCOMM, a provider of Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things solutions, announced that Canada has exercised the option for an additional year on their contract through ORBCOMM’s Canadian partner Maerospace, a supplier of AIS data and maritime domain awareness solutions. ORBCOMM will be providing satellite AIS data for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts to Canada.

Inmarsat agrees $3.4 billion takeover by consortium

The British satellite communications company Inmarsat has agreed to a $3.4bn (£2.6bn) takeover by a group led by the private equity firms Apax and Warburg Pincus, becoming the latest UK technology business to be sold to investment companies.

Spain’s SASEMAR uses EMSA drones for maritime surveillance

EMSA informed that the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR is using its Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the southern province of Huelva, for identifying and monitoring oil spills, as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions. 

Marlink receives SMART4SEA Connectivity Award

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Marlink has received the 2019 SMART4SEA Connectivity Award, sponsored by Vessel Performance Solutions, at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on January the 29th at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference.

Don’t be misled by the apparent accuracy of electronic navigation aids

Although modern satellite systems have reached a landmark for maritime navigation and navigators vastly rely on ECDIS data, safe navigation requires also from mariners to take into consideration the accuracy and reliability of the source hydrographic data, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at Standard P&I Club, highlighted. 

Vessel’s anchor may have caused Tonga’s internet blackout

Tonga has been but cut off from the internet last week, as an undersea cable connecting the archipelago to the wider world was damaged on January 27. This led communications across the tiny and isolated country into chaos. According to cable’s owner, a ship’s anchor may have caused the outage. The outage damaged overseas phone calls, money transfers, airline bookings, and university enrolments.

DHS tests robot to track oil spills under Arctic Ice

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  is preparing for potential incidents involving oil and hazardous materials in U.S. Arctic waters through the U.S. Coast Guard. Its aim is to ensure access to early and on-going information about the nature and magnitude of spills to help with effective cleanup.  

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