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The Danish Maritime Authority is still in the lead of the development of the navigation concept of the future, e-Navigation. Now, the framework is no longer called by EfficienSea, but ACCSEAS.
With the conclusion of the EfficienSea project in early 2012, one could fear that the work on e-Navigation would become homeless. But fortunately that is not the case. In April 2012, a new EU project was born, ACCSEAS, and within this framework the work on e-Navigation will be continued. The project covers the North Sea and consists of 11 partners from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The Danish Maritime Authority is among the ones in the forefront of two work packages concerning the development of new services and tests and user feedback.
“We are not starting all over again, but drawing on the experiences gained so far, just as we are refining and further developing the equipment already installed in the form of platforms, software, etc. We will also continue with some of the same test users, so much of the fundamental work has already been done”
, stresses Thomas Christensen, e-Navigation Project Manager.
Two e-Navigation legs
“In the Danish Maritime Authority, we have right from the birth of the e-Navigation concept been much involved in the development and test of ideas and specific services. The purpose has especially been two-fold: On the one hand, to get rid of some of the often heavy administrative burdens experienced by navigating officers in their work and, on the other hand, to increase safety of navigation, locally and globally. In some cases, the two purposes seem to melt together”
, explains Thomas Christensen.
Satellite positioning is fragile
One of the measures to be dealt with under ACCSEAS is to examine the backup systems for the ships’ positioning systems. As things are now, one is very dependent on satellite systems, and they can be fragile, both in terms of technology, but also because it is relatively easy to jam them, i.e. to disturb their signals. Therefore, it makes good sense from a safety perspective to develop other methods for determining a ship’s position, and the Danish Maritime Authority supplies, inter alia, software and platforms for this work.
No go area
Thomas Christensen emphasizes another area where e-Navigation may help meet safety-related challenges:
“In the charts, the lines of depths are static and cannot take account of changes in the water level. The ship can, for example, draw its route on a navigational prototype system, indicate the draught and the time of the passage and submit the information to shore. Then, it can receive water level prognoses and information about where it can and cannot navigate – no go areas. Such a service may help increase both efficiency and safety of navigation since it provides the ships with greater degrees of freedom than they would have had otherwise.”
Thomas Christensen points out that, within e-Navigation, one works with standards. This means that it is possible to use the various services universally by all authorities and ships – independent of suppliers and providers.
Next conference underway
The Danish Maritime Authority has hosted two e-Navigation conferences, and a third one is already being planned:
“There is something to look forward to. As usual, the world elite in e-Navigation will be participating – I dare promise that some of the really heavyweights will take part. We will also move the conference to more spaceous surroundings, namely the Pearl of Scandinavia. The conference will be held from 29 to 31 January 2013, and parts of the programme are already in place,“
reveals Thomas Christensen.
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Japan: FURUNO to Launch New ECDIS Models
Posted on Apr 16th, 2012 with tags asia, ECDIS, FURUNO, Japan, launch, Models, New, News by topic.
The new ECDIS will also bring about streamlined chart management scheme providing easy chart management independent of the chart providers. The new ECDIS is compatible with Jeppesen Dynamic Licensing and it supports the Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO). What is more, its network expandability fully satisfies provisos for paperless operation of vessels.
Greatly enhanced user interface
The new ECDIS FMD-3200 and FMD-3300 provide the operator with quick access to the tasks and functions to be performed in the midst of vessel operation. The new ECDIS employs intelligently arranged Graphic User Interface elements: Status Bar and InstantAccess Bar that deliver task-based
operation scheme to give the operator direct access to necessary operational procedure. The Status Bar at the top of the screen provides operating status, including modes of operation and presentation. The InstantAccess Bar on the left edge of the screen provides quick access to functions available in each of the ECDIS operating modes. The contents of the InstantAccess Bar change according to the operating modes selected on the Status Bar. This combination of the Status Bar and InstantAccess Bar covers virtually the entire operation, hence providing easy and quick access to the tasks to be performed. Subsequently, their need for digging into intricate menu tree to reach the necessary tasks has become a thing of the past. This would streamline the navigation monitoring procedure, reducing the risk of confusion and erroneous operation as well as to enhance situation awareness. Also, the new ECDIS utilises cutting edge chart-drawing engine that delivers instantaneous chart redraw with the seamless zooming and panning, hence making the ECDIS operation stress-free.
Moreover, its operation philosophy is based upon the same logic as the control scheme of a mouse that people are accustomed to in using a PC, and all operations can be controlled with the use of trackball of the control unit by means of left-clicking, right-clicking and using a thumbwheel. Also, full QWERTY style keyboard is available in the ECDIS control unit for easy route, event and waypoint naming.
Multi function display expandability
By default, the functions of ECDIS as well as conning information display are available in the FMD-3200 and the FMD-3300. On top of the aforementioned functions, the FMD-3200 and the FMD-3300 can be extended to operate as radar/chart radar* and alert management system**, once activated. The functions can be instantly switched on the Status Bar by left-clicking the operating mode selector to pick out the desired operating mode. This expandability in terms of functionality offers flexibility in bridge operation to the operators.
* a radar sensor input required.
** alert management system function will be implemented in autumn 2012
AIS SARTS Now Approved for Use in the US
By John Konrad On April 25, 2012
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of Washington this week approved the SafeLink R10 AIS SART
for use in the United States.
Commenting on the approval, Global Sales Director of Orolia Ltd, Ross Wilkinson said, “With this FCC certification the United States joins a growing list of countries that have granted type approval for the SafeLink R10 SRS.”
Unlike traditional RADAR SARTS, which are often large and heavy, AIS versions are intended to be attached to a lifejacket and activated by individuals in difficulty at sea. They use both GPS and AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology to send structured alert messages containing precise location information to nearby AIS equipment vessels within a radius of about 4 nautical miles. In a man overboard situation, chances of finding and recovering the casualty can be greatly increased, thanks to information given these units which can display precise bearing and distance to the man in the water in real time.
The device has the ability to quickly notify the MOB’s own vessel of the loss which is important because, in the open ocean, a quick response from the crewmember’s own vessel may be his only chance of rescue. In addition to basic AIS notification the SafeLink R10 SRS specifically has been designed by UK-based Kannad Marine to be waterproof (up to 5 metres), compact and ruggedly constructed.
Worn on a lifejacket and activated by simply sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming cap to deploy the antenna, this unique product sends structured alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers within (approximately) a four mile radius. The accuracy of data is guaranteed thanks to the unique inbuilt high precision GPS receiver which updates every 60 seconds. With precise location, bearing and range data given, fellow crew members or nearby sailors’ AIS enabled receivers have all the information they need to locate the position of the person in difficulty and effect a speedy recovery, greatly increasing chances of rescue.
The R10 SRS can also be professionally fitted to a lifejacket so that it automatically activates whenever the lifejacket is inflated. A flashing LED light aids location at night. The R10 SRS is guaranteed to transmit continuously for 24 hours and has a seven year battery storage life.
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About The Author
Captain John Konrad is co-founder of Unofficial Networks, Editor In Chief of gCaptain, and author of the book Fire On The Horizon
. He is a USCG licensed Master Mariner of Unlimited Tonnage and, since graduating from SUNY Maritime College, has sailed a variety of ships from ports around the world. John currently lives in Morro Bay, California with his wife and two children.