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Navigation, Autonomy & New Technologies

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced new ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage in Vietnam, providing greater navigational detail for the region.
Witherby Seamanship International has published an ‘ECDIS Procedures Guide’, containing recommendations regarding the use of ECDIS for navigation for voyage planning and while at sea, designed to accompany a ship’s safety management system (SMS).
Saab has received an order from the Dutch authority Rijkswaterstaat for the delivery of AIS (automatic identification system) services.
Harris Pye reports that it has successfully used its 3600 3D scanner to survey the engine room of Neva River (ex Celestine River), a 'K' Line LNG Shipping (UK) Ltd LNG carrier, for pre-ballast water system CAD design, selection and installation.
The International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) has issued a circular with updated information on the results of an ENC Data Presentation and Performance Check initiated in October 2011 to examine the performance of ECDIS systems, which notes that only one-third of the manufacturers’ systems reported were functioning as expected.
VSTEP has agreed a contract with the simulation centre of the Technical University in Varna, Bulgaria, for the delivery of two NAUTIS Bridge Simulators and classrooms with desktop Navigation and Engine Room Simulators.
Sea trials testing a new Integrated Control System (ICS) developed by Kongsberg Maritime for Olympic Commander, a new Multi Purpose Supply Vessel (MPVS) built at Kleven Yard in Norway, have been successfully completed.
Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, has passed a significant milestone in its development, with the world’s first successful reception of the encrypted Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) signal from the first Galileo satellites (launched in October 2011).
Transas has become the latest company to move into the ‘Pay As You Sail’ ENC licensing arena with the launch of its new product which will allow vessels to install, view and pre-plan using official ENCs before they have to pay to license the charts.
French company Kenta reports that it will be presenting its new system for maritime data broadcasting – NAVDAT (Navigational Data) – during the 16th session of the Sub-committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR) of the International Maritime Organisation.
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