In a move that is likely to spark some heated debate, Jeppesen Marine has called for government bodies, such as Hydrographic Offices, to keep out of the commercial sector and focus entirely on the production of hydrographic data.
Stratos has introduced a new Stratos Dashboard service for Iridium users, an online service that will enable its Iridium customers to manage their global satellite phone service in a convenient manner.
Becker Marine Systems Communication and ClearPoint Weather, a provider of global weather information services, have agreed to establish a strategic partnership, whereby Becker will integrate the ClearPoint High Definition Weather Service into its umc.global network communications service.
A new enhanced Loran (eLoran) service was officially launched in the UK on January 15th, a move which will "reinforce safety, security and protection of the marine environment around (our) coasts? according to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland (GLAs).
The launch of the Thuraya-3 communications satellite from the Pacific Ocean, using a Zenit-3SL rocket, was successfully completed on January 15th, having been delayed a number of times at the end of November due to poor weather conditions.
The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1817, which details a consolidation of the European Reporting System (CERS) for ship arrival and departure notifications (including additional requirements for ships carrying dangerous or polluting goods), and reporting requirements in the event of an accident/incident, for vessels travelling to the UK.
The Port of Rijeka Authority is to install a vessel monitoring and port management system by Kongsberg Norcontrol IT as part of an ongoing development plan to modernise the Croatian port.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued the report of its investigation into the heeling of the Crown Princess cruise ship off the coast of Florida in 2006, and has pointed to a lack of training in the use of integrated navigation systems as a contributing factor to the accident, in which approximately 300 people were injured.
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