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By Mr. Dana A. Goward, president of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation.

A year-long study sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) says that the United Kingdom (UK) should create a “hybrid system” of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) capability to ensure uninterrupted maritime commerce and protect its critical infrastructure. The 1,174 page report concludes that a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), eLoran, and the short range R-mode VDES, is needed for maritime navigation. These would also benefit other critical national infrastructures. It also recommends local positioning systems such as LOCATA for port operations.

System integrator RH Marine and developer of maritime training solutions VSTEP Simulation have signed a cooperation agreement, enabling VSTEP to supply RH Marine’s ECDIS chart and navigation system with its bridge simulators for schools, training institutes and fleet owners.

HawkEye 360, which has used formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, has announced that the company’s flagship RFGeo product can now map an expanded catalogue of marine navigation radar signals to further improve global maritime situational awareness.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has collaborated with Shin Nihonkai Ferry to co-develop technologies and systems to enable unmanned ship navigation.

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with Navtron for delivery of a K-Sim Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulator system to the maritime training centre CERONAV (Romanian Centre for Training and Development of Naval Transport Personnel) in Constanta, Romania.

ScanjetPSM has launched a new solution to provide essential back-up in the event of failure or malicious adjustment of a GPS system.

ChartWorld has launched MyFleet, the shipping industry’s first free-of-charge cloud-based tool to do due diligence on voyage planning.  MyFleet is an easy-to-use web-based tool designed to support onshore teams to check and assess risk in a ship’s voyage plan.

As part of the European Union (EU) Recognised Organisation (RO) Mutual Recognition Type Approval scheme, EIZO Corporation has been awarded type approval from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its 19 and 25.5 inch maritime monitors for an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) with radar applications, the first European certificate for electrical equipment in Japan.

The EU RO Mutual Recognition Type Approval scheme covers type approval certification on selected components and equipment for which mutually agreed technical requirements have been developed and agreed by all stakeholders in the EU RO Group, ensuring consistency for different types of equipment.

EIZO’s current line of DuraVision ECDIS monitors (FD2603W, FDU2603WT, FDS1904, FDS1904T) were issued the certificate. These monitors are built specifically for harsh maritime conditions and are calibrated at EIZO’s own factory to meet the highly specialised requirements of ECDIS systems. EIZO offers optional optical bonding for each model which is also produced in-house.

Kazuhide Shimura, executive operating officer, EIZO Corporation commented: “Meeting requirements for major maritime classifications such as LR is extremely important in demonstrating that our products are proven for use in harsh environments. EU RO MR ensures that EIZO continues to provide a high degree of customer assurance to system integrators and end users in the maritime market, regardless of their location.”

Fumio Kure, LR’s general manager in Japan said: “We are proud that LR was able to issue this certificate at this time as we had to rely on remote surveying capability for the approval as surveyor attendance was hindered by COVID-19 challenges. Congratulations to EIZO for obtaining EU RO MR Type Approval certificate in addition to LR class type approval.”

Marine robotics company, Sonardyne International. has demonstrated technologies that will aid autonomous vehicle operations in challenging environments under a project funded by the UK’s national Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

Research scientist and entrepreneur Sverre Dokken believes laser-based remote sensing has big potential in the maritime domain and could reduce navigational risk by up to 50 per cent.

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