|News & Press|
|MOL and OKI to Launch Joint Study of Bird's-eye View Monitoring System on a Tugboat|
|Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:11:32 GMT|
Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Oki Electric Industry have joined forces to start a joint study on the use of OKI?s new FlyingView bird?s-eye view monitoring system to monitor a 360-degree field of view around a tugboat.
|Marine Accident Investigation Bureau Report: Grounding of General Cargo Vessel Priscilla|
|Mon, 7 Oct 2019 14:32:10 GMT|
This newly published report from the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau (MAIB) concerns the grounding of a general cargo vessel on the Pentland Skerries, Scotland in July 2018.
"On 18 July 2018, the Netherlands registered general cargo vessel Priscilla ran aground on Pentland Skerries, Scotland. For about 2 hours prior to the accident, the officer of the watch had been unaware that Priscilla was drifting away from the...
|White van man follows satnav into river|
|Fri, 4 Oct 2019 20:53:13 GMT|
The driver was called ?unbelievably stupid? after following his satnav, which saw the van half-submerged in a tributary of the River Ure near Ripon, Yorkshire.
The front-seat passenger, who had directed the driver using the satnav, commented ?The emergency services said we could have lost our lives if we were 2 ft deeper. We would have been swept away down the river. It was proper bad. It was flowing really fast, about 70mph apparently.?
|GPS next-generation ground segment completes development|
|Thu, 3 Oct 2019 20:47:51 GMT|
Raytheon?s GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) has completed full software and hardware development and entered the system integration and test phase.
This milestone keeps GPS OCX on track to meet its June 2021 contractual delivery deadline.
The President of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services comments:
?GPS OCX is one of the largest, most complex software development programmes in the Department of Defense...
|United States Coast Guard Seek Feedback and Opinions from Marine Navigators|
|Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:16:47 GMT|
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) medium frequency radio equipment which transmits vital NAVTEX navigational warnings is getting very old and hard to maintain. The USCG is therefore seeking views on a proposed Termination of U.S. Coast Guard Medium Frequency (MF) Broadcast of Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) and Shift to Satellite.
For further information and to submit feedback please visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/11/2019-19675/proposed-termination-of-us-coast-guard-medium-frequency-mf-broadcast-of-navigational-telex-navtex
|Two BeiDou satellites launched|
|Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:13:08 GMT|
A Long March 3B rocket launched the pair from the Xichang Space Centre at 2110 UTC on 22 September (0510 local on 23 September).
The satellites - the 47/48th BeiDou satellites to have been launched - are reported to have successfully been placed into their targeted medium Earth orbits (MEO).
|Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:32:31 GMT|
Astronomically, we say ?farewell? to Summer at the Autumnal Equinox, when the Sun passes over the equator - at 0750 UTC (0850 BST) on 23 September.
Autumn will now run until the Winter Solstice - 0419 UTC (~GMT) on 22 December. Then Winter will last until the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun passes back into the northern hemisphere - at 0349 UTC on 20 March 2020.
But in meteorological terms, Autumn is considered to be the months of September, October and November, with the...
|Institute event supporter Joan Smith dies|
|Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:18:43 GMT|
Many senior members will recall Joan as the focal point for attendees at our major events in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Joan was the wife of Sid Smith FRIN, a Scientist at RAE Farnborough and a very active member of the Technical Committee. The pair of them were invaluable at conferences - Sid looking after presenters and visual aids and Joan running the reception desks.
In early September Joan died of a heart attack whilst travelling with her son in France. We pass our condolences to Sid and their family.
|Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:43:42 GMT|
The Institute's Fly/Sail Weekend was great fun, helped by a light breeze and much blue sky over Portsmouth.
|IMO Maritime Safety ? New and Revised Circulars|
|Tue, 10 Sep 2019 11:09:56 GMT|
Several New or Revised Circulars were issued by the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee and Sub-Committees in the last few months, which should be of interest for many of our Members:
? MSC.1/Circ.1609 ? 05/09/19 ? GUIDELINES FOR THE STANDARDIZATION OF USER INTERFACE DESIGN FOR NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT
|Norwegian Navy Navigates Vessel to the North Pole for the First Time|
|Fri, 6 Sep 2019 14:59:14 GMT|
The KV Svalbard reaches the North Pole, August 21, 2019. Photo courtesy Norwegian Coast Guard
As part of an international science expedition, the Norwegian Navy has navigated one of their Ships, the Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard Nordpolen, to the geographic North Pole for the first time. With increasing usage of Arctic waters by commercial shipping, it is important that Norway can both navigate these waters and also carry out scientific research...
|Farewell Summer . .|
|Sat, 31 Aug 2019 18:45:28 GMT|
In meteorological terms, 1 September is the beginning of Autumn in the northern hemisphere.
Meteorologists define northern Autumn as the months of September, October and November; but many consider that Autumn starts at the Autumnal Equinox - 0750 UTC on 23 September, when the Sun returns to the southern hemisphere.
|Dr Alexander Smith FRIN|
|Wed, 28 Aug 2019 18:00:38 GMT|
We have heard the sad news that Alex Smith has died in the United States.
|France and India developing "real-time" satellite based AIS vessel and oil slick tracking systems|
|Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:16:07 GMT|
India and the French Space Agency (CNES) are developing a "real-time" satellite based AIS (Automatic Identification System) vessel tracking system and oil slick tracking system.
On Thursday 22 August Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, and K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, have signed an agreement to start the development and production of a constellation of satellites for the tracking project, which has the potential to revolutionise shipping.
The full CNES press release can be found by clicking here.
|Successful GPS III launch|
|Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:13:21 GMT|
The second Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite was finally launched from Cape Canaveral on 22 August, having been delayed from a planned launch on 25 July.
The satellite will use its own engine to circularise its...
|RAF Aerosystems Course Graduation|
|Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:03:17 GMT|
On 25 July, a graduation ceremony for 49 Aerosystems Course was held in the Officers? Mess at RAF Boscombe Down, Salisbury.
Past-President, Norman Bonnor, stood-in for our President, Prof Terry Moore, to present the Royal Institute of Navigation Trophy.
Norman Bonnor, himself a graduate of the course, reports:
Yes, you read correctly - the Course is now resident within the Air Warfare Centre enclave at Boscombe Down, having moved from...
|UK GNSS jamming trials start|
|Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:10:34 GMT|
Ground-based GPS jammers will be operating from the Stanford Training Area (STANTA), near Thetford, Norfolk.
The jamming, centred close to 5233N 00043E, could take place at any time from 0700UTC on 19 August to 1600UTC on 6 September. It would not exceed 2 minutes duration and may take place up to 5 times per hour.
A notice to airmen (NOTAM) warns that jamming could affect all GNSS frequencies up to 40,000ft within a 30NM radius.
The NOTAM warns that ?GPS receivers may suffer intermittent/total failure or give incorrect position info. Crews should be aware of these limitations and use alternative means of navigation.? This could, of course, apply to local vehicles.
NOTAMs may be viewed through NATS
|UK seeking Galileo replacement partners|
|Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:22:28 GMT|
UK is reported to be seeking an alliance with its ?Five Eyes? security partners to launch a satellite positioning system after being frozen out of Galileo.
The ?Five Eyes? security pact is an intelligence alliance - comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA - which formed in the aftermath of WWII.
The alliance could see the allies contributing technological and financial support to the estimated ?5 billion project in exchange for access to the system?s encrypted...
|Capt James H Martin FRIN|
|Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:08:37 GMT|
We are sad to report the passing of Capt James Martin FRIN at the age of 86.
|Warning of GPS Spoofing Threat for Merchant Shipping|
|Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:32:13 GMT|
On 7 August the US Department of Transportation?s Maritime Administration issued a warning suggesting Iran is engaged in interfering with ships? GPS systems as they transit near the Middle Eastern nation.
|Alan Cherry FRIN|
|Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:28:12 GMT|
It is with great sadness that we report the passing, at the age of 87, of Alan Cherry, an incredibly active member of the Institute for many years.
|what3words adopted by first air ambulances|
|Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:02:32 GMT|
Institute Duke of Edinburgh Prize-winners ?what3words? is being used by Thames Valley Air Ambulance to find patients faster in medical emergencies.
Problems often occur in hard-to-reach or rural areas, but now a 999 caller can give a 3-word address for their precise location to within 3 metres, and this can be used by the air ambulance to find them.
Air ambulances join 30 other emergency services to use the location system. To find out more about the system and download the free app, go to what3words.com
|Obituary for a navigator|
|Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:19:51 GMT|
Sqn Ldr Bob Culpin, a WWII bomber pathfinder navigator and later an advanced navigation instructor, has died at the age of 97.
|Today?s GPS launch postponed|
|Thu, 25 Jul 2019 21:47:44 GMT|
The launch of the second GPS III satellite from Cape Canaveral, scheduled for 25 July, has been put back to 22 August at the earliest.
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has confirmed that the delay is due to an anomaly in a component in the upper stage of the Delta 4 launch vehicle. The first Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite was successfully launched on 23 December 2018.
GPS III satellites have an extended lifespan of 15 years. The manufacturers claim 3-times better...
|Investigating the Effects of Bridge Alarms ? Survey Results|
|Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:18:09 GMT|
A 2017/2018 survey has shown that frequently sounding alarms and poorly designed alarm panels in Ship Wheelhouses is causing "Alarm Fatigue" amongst Navigators and impeding proper navigation of vessels.
The survey results have been outlined by the Ship Owners? Club online here: https://www.shipownersclub.com/investigating-the-effects-of-bridge-alarms/
The Ship Owners' Club is sharing this information to help facilitate further discussion of the topic in the...