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NovAtel Awarded Galileo Contract

NovAtel has been granted a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for definition work on Galileo, the proposed European satellite navigation system. The $126,700 contract calls for NovAtel to provide input to ESA on signal validation and receiver development requirements. The company will also review draft Galileo signal specifications and provide feedback on receiver performance, development requirements and cost implications. Working directly with ESA technical management, NovAtel expects that the study will be complete during the next six to eight months. Jointly initiated by the European Union and ESA, the Galileo project aims to launch a series of Medium Earth Orbit satellites in three orbital planes at 20,000 km monitored by a network of ground control stations, to provide world navigation services.


Russia Offers India GLONASS Deal

Russia has offered India joint participation in development of its GLONASS satellite navigation system on an equal basis The Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), which was officially launched in 1993, is a Russian counterpart to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). It fixes the location and speed of surface, sea and air objects to within an accuracy of one meter. Russia and India have been cooperating on use of GLONASS for more than four years


Russian GLONASS GPS Designer Fired

The chief designer or Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system, Yury Urlichich, has been dismissed. The Glonass program has been in the works since the 1970s, but underwent a radical revamp in 2001. The 24 satellites comprising the system were put into orbit by 2010, The program cost 140 billion rubles (US$4.4 billion) to implement, and its budget for 2012-2020 stands at a further 326 billion rubles (US$10 billion).


Galileo Gets 450M Euros to Proceed

The European Transport Council (i.e. the Transport Ministers of the European Member States), which met in Brussels on March 25-26, has released from the European Community budget the 450 million Euro necessary to launch the Galileo satellite navigation project. The Commission was asked to set up the "Joint Undertaking" (the authority overseeing the management of Galileo's development phase) without delay. Galileo has been stalled for 15 months


Vessel Focus: Navy Boats

Halter Responds To Venezuelan Navy Needs Halter Marine has answered the call from the Venezuelan Navy for a variety of patrol boats. The company recently delivered four 80 ft. (24.3 m) boats to the country's government, which completes the contract for the design and construction of 12 total vessels in this size range. Designed for high speed operations in coastal and riverine environments, the vessels will be used for a variety of patrolling efforts in Venezuelan territorial waters


EC confirms funding for GALILEO

The European Commission (EC) said funding for the GALILEO project of radio navigation satellites has been confirmed. Deployment of the satellites, which will complement the GPS system, is scheduled to begin in 2006, with full operation to begin in 2008.


This Day in Naval History - April 13

From the Navy News Service 1847 - Naval Forces begin a five-day battle to capture several towns in Mexico. 1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. 1960 - The Navy's navigation satellite, Transit, is placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and demonstrates ability to launch another satellite.


This Day in Naval History – April 13

1847 - Naval Forces begin 5 day battle to capture several towns in Mexico 1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces 1960 - Navy's navigation satellite, Transit, placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, FL and demonstrates ability to launch another satellite (Source: Navy News Service)


KVH Wins 4 NMEA Awards Again

For the second year in a row, two communications systems and two navigation products from KVH Industries, Inc. have earned "best product" awards from The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). TracVision 3, a new 1999 system based upon last year's award-winning TracVision II, was voted Best Satellite Television System, and Tracphone 25 was again named Best Satellite Telephone System. The company's new Azimuth GyroTrac was named Best Gyro Compass and the Azimuth 1000 was once again


Honing Skill Of Seafarers Using SATCOM

SATCOM

  Maritime operational effectiveness is to be enhanced globally through the provision of training and certification for seafarers assigned to use advanced satellite communication systems on-board commercial vessels. The initiative, which has been tailored for maritime professionals serving on thousands of commercial vessels at sea, is being led by Seagull Maritime, a Norwegian provider of seafarer training, and GVF


MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments

SOLAS amendments to make IGF Code mandatory approved by Maritime Safety Committee   The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014


IMO Steps Up Safety in Polar Waters

IMO adopts a new set of regulations on navigation in polar waters now in force

  United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted global, binding regulations to enhance safety of navigation in polar waters. After several years’ intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today adopted a new set of regulations on


Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300% Since 1992

Global shipping routes crisscross the world’s oceans in this map of shipping lanes derived from a 2008 study of the human impact on marine ecosystems. (Credit: Grolltech)

Satellite data reveals major boost in shipping traffic Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased fourfold over the past 20 years, according to a strudy recently published by the American Geophysical Union which examined international ship traffic.


MR Interview: Erik Ceuppens, SVP, Satellite Communications, Airbus Defense & Space CIS

“We will not slow down.”  Erik Ceuppens

Transformation in the maritime communication sector continues, as Airbus Defense and Space announces plans to sell its commercial satellite communications business.   MR spoke with Erik Ceuppens, SVP, Satellite Communications, Airbus Defense & Space Communications


Kongsberg Maritime Launches K-Sim Navigation

K-Sim Navigation features an advanced physical engine and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling.

Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its latest generation ship’s bridge simulator, K-Sim Navigation, which meets the requirements of the most demanding navigation training for merchant, offshore and naval vessels. Designed for the future of advanced and integrated simulation training


SpeedCast Delivers Custom Solution to Allseas

Pieter Schelte (Image: Allseas)

Satellite telecommunications service provider SpeedCast International Limited has been awarded a satellite service contract by Allseas Group S.A., an offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction company. The contract covers Allseas’ flagship vessel, the Pieter Schelte


Strike Averted at St. Lawrence Seaway

St. Lawrence Seaway and UNIFOR agree to binding arbitration, avoid strike The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that it has reached agreement with UNIFOR, which represents the corporation’s 460 unionized employees


Vesper Marine Upgrades Watchmate

AIS Transponder

  Marine Safety Leader Releases Industry’s  Vesper Marine First AIS Devices With Built-in High Speed GPS Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today powerful updates to its award-winning WatchMate Vision


New Functionality in WatchMate Vision

WatchMate Vision

Vesper Marine has announced updates to its WatchMate Vision and XB-8000 product lines.   Now, in addition to transmitting and receiving position, course, speed and vessel details for collision avoidance, both devices feature high-speed 5Hz GPS receivers making them the first Class B AIS


New Videoconferencing Kits Offer Medical Lifeline

Image: DigiGone

DigiGone, a communication solution provider specializing in secure video transmission, introduced its new remote telemedicine kits for marine, aviation and land-based applications. Based on DigiGone’s proprietary SecureChat video encryption and compression software


Royal Norwegian Navy Chooses Sagem Navigation System

Sagem (Safran) has won a contract from the Royal Norwegian Navy in competitive bidding for the navigation system on its polar research ship, the RV Kronprins Haakon, as well as the future 26,000-metric-ton ocean support vessel to be built by the Korean shipyard DSME under a contract signed in July


iXBlue Gyrocompass Chosen for the French Navy

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PIRIOU selects iXBlue’s QUADRANS as reference gyrocompass for the French Navy B2M multi-mission ship program as iXBlue QUADRANS sales tops 400 units since launch. For each vessel, iXBlue will supply the complete navigation suite, including QUADRANS gyrocompass


Iridium Partners with Trimble to Support Expansion

Iridium Communications Inc. announced an agreement with Trimble that expands the company's use of satellite communications in its core Transportation and Logistics (T&L) solutions beyond the North American market. Under the agreement, Iridium will provide satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M)


Open Ship a Success

Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn

  Amaliekajen was buzzing with life during Culture Night, when the Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn lowered the gangway and invited everyone interested on board. Many interested visitors turned up to see the Danish Maritime Authority’s inspection


New Bahamas Northwest Chart Set Upgrade

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nv charts announces the release of its newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016 in paper and digital format.   The chart set includes a CD of digital charts






 
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