US President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing US agencies to test whether critical infrastructure systems are vulnerable in case of disruption or manipulation of satellite-based global positioning system services (GPS).
The United States wants all ships to keep their AIS systems on to minimize illicit activity and smuggling, and to increase transparency of ship movements around the globe, a senior State Department official said, in light of several recently-seen practices of vessels turning off their AIS.
The European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, remains offline as it suffered an outage on July 12, which was described as a technical incident regarding its ground infrastructure. Engineers are working to fix the problem, but as of now there is no update regarding when the service will resume.
The US Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability during Wednesday, June 27. Specifically, USCG cannot monitor radio traffic offshore. As a result, USCG urges mariners to be extremely careful throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, while it notes that is currently conducting repairs.
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