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Navigation, Autonomy & New Technologies

Northrop Grumman Corporation reports that it has completed core capability development of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (AIS) in the US, and delivered it to the US Coast Guard to begin formal government testing prior to deployment.
Japan Radio Company (JRC) reports that it has issued a software update (V56) which makes the Admiralty Information Overlay available on all of its current ECDIS models.
Transas reports that a Draft Information System (DIS) it has developed, based on its NS4000 ECDIS, has been approved for use in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in the US.
PC Maritime reports that 100 navigating officers have now successfully completed its ECDIS Type Training course and passed the Assessment test required for formal certification since the course was issued in March.
Alphatron Marine reports that its Alphatron Fiber Optic Gyro is to be installed on a number of newbuild Dutch pilot tenders.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation's decision to take action to address operating anomalies with ECDIS has been welcomed by The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which it hopes will help to get to grips with this “serious problem.”
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) has contracted Raytheon Anschütz to retrofit the newly developed Anschütz NautoPilot 5300 autopilot system onboard its fleet of oil tankers, replacing the existing systems, with the aim of improving energy efficiency.
The latest findings from the investigation into the tragic grounding of the Costa Concordia have indicated that the ship's Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) was not operational before the accident, according to reports in the Italian press.
Transas’ office in China has agreed a contract to supply four complete bridges to newbuild vessels being constructed for PaxOcean Engineering Pte Ltd.
Veripos has been awarded a two-year extension on its GNSS positioning contract with E R Offshore GmbH, a subsidiary of the Hamburg-based shipping organisation E R Schiffahrt.
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