A new three-year EU-funded research project named SEDNA has been launched to improve safety and efficiency in Arctic ship operations, through the development of a risk-based approach to navigation, ship design and maritime operations in the polar region.
UK-based ION - International Ocean Networks, in partnership with North American satellite company Hunter Communications, has launched a new iDirect Evolution Ku-band maritime satellite network with coverage over the West, East and North coast of Canada, to provide VSAT connectivity for vessels transiting the Northwest Passage (NWP).
A new partnership has been agreed between Nord University, Bodin and Lofoten Maritime Vocational Schools and the Nordland county administration in Norway, forming the new ‘Maritime Campus North’ with the aim of strengthening education, training and research in Arctic maritime safety and security.
Viking Ice Consultancy has agreed a deal to install the sigma S6 Ice Navigator system on the Magne Viking, the first vessel to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code approved by DNV GL.
Navis Engineering, a Finnish manufacturer of dynamic positioning (DP) systems, has announced that it has signed a scientific and technical co-operation agreement with Aker Arctic Technology covering the joint development of technology for DP systems for icebreakers and ice-class vessels.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a service contract for navigation systems and software to support polar ice breakers for the US Coast Guard.
The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland (GLAs) report that they have begun working with The Internavigation Research and Technical Centre in the Russian Federation to improve shipping safety across hazardous new high Arctic routes by introducing compatibility in advanced navigation technologies.
The Swedish Maritime Administration is testing a new tracking system for Arctic maritime traffic as part of the icebreaker Oden’s Arctic expedition.
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