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EMSA tests Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in real time. European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) announced that will carry out a demonstration, on 11 May in Huelva, Spain, to show the potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), as valuable maritime surveillance tools in operational scenarios for multipurpose missions, including pollution monitoring, border control, illegal fishing detection, anti-drug trafficking, and search and rescue.

EMSA tests Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in real time

The demonstration will be held in cooperation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), as part of the European Coast Guard Pilot Project initiated by the European Parliament, to stimulate the implementation of the adopted coast guard package. According to EMSA, the event consists an opportunity for Member State representatives, with an operational role in civil maritime surveillance, to become familiar with the benefits and constraints of RPAS use in different scenarios. Source of UAE oil spills ‘impossible’ to trace due to high traffic and tides. Deliberate oil spills off the coast of the UAE could prove "impossible" to prevent, despite a pledge from the authorities that tanker captains who dump crude-laden ballast water into the sea would feel the weight of the law.

Source of UAE oil spills ‘impossible’ to trace due to high traffic and tides

Experts said the sheer volume of sea traffic and complex tide movements may mean that offenders are not traced. Environment officials have been trying to pinpoint the cause of the oil spills that occurred this week at the Sharjah east coast port of Kalba and last month off the coast of Fujairah. The kilometres-long slicks forced hotels to close their beaches and threatened marine life.

"Crude oil moves around like crazy in that area, there’s a lot of it being transported by tankers," said Professor Christopher D’Elia, an academic and dean of college of the coast and environment at Louisiana State University. ORBCOMM Announces First Quarter 2017 Results. ORBCOMM Inc.

ORBCOMM Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

(ORBC), a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The following financial highlights are in thousands of dollars. Grâce à des algues, cette nouvelle colonne Morris va purifier l'air parisien. ExactEarth Announces Two-Year $1.45 Million Commercial Customer Renewal. ExactEarth Ltd. signs multi-year renewal with commercial customer (CNW Group/exactEarth Ltd.)

exactEarth Announces Two-Year $1.45 Million Commercial Customer Renewal

Facebook Twitter Pinterest exactEarth Ltd. signs multi-year renewal with commercial customer (CNW Group/exactEarth Ltd.) Challenges in the implementation of IMO and EU/MRV Regulation. PSC to focus on sulphur rules and Polar Code. The Danish Maritime Authority informed that 29 countries from the Paris MoU and the Tokyo Mou have signed a new Ministerial Declaration on port State control, which has been under preparation for three years.

PSC to focus on sulphur rules and Polar Code

The declaration stipulates new goals for port State control and, specifically, enforcement of the sulphur regulations and the Polar Code. In addition to the 29 countries, the IMO Secretary General, as well as a representative of the ILO, attended the conference. Furthermore, inter alia the ISF, ITF and IACS were present. Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority, Andreas Nordseth, commented: “Port State Control is an important part of ensuring compliance with international regulation. Challenges on the implementation of the EU MRV. Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Marine Management Inc., addressed the “Challenges on the implementation of the EU MRV” from the Ship Manager Perspective at the 2017 GREEN4SEA Conference.

Challenges on the implementation of the EU MRV

Mr. Vlachos focused on the preparation of the Monitoring Plan and suggested that a Risk based approach is certainly required. INTERCARGO addresses BWM possibilities and impossibilities. INTERCARGO welcomes and supports the Ballast Water Management (BWM) international initiatives and legislation however, it should be recognised that the implementation needs to be made in the most effective and practical manner possible.

INTERCARGO addresses BWM possibilities and impossibilities

Therefore, the Association has issued a paper providing its insights on the current relevant developments that much concern the shipping community. Considering that a newbuilding vessel case is totally different than retrofitting an existing vessel, while a bulker carrier is also a different case than other types of ships, INTERCARGO cites some of the technical and operational difficulties faced by bulk carrier owners and operators. NB vs Exisiting Vessels – Bulk Carrier Technical & Operational Challenges The introduction of type approved treatment equipment to bulk carriers, particularly the existing fleet, brings its own unique considerations and challenges that remain unrecognised by the regulators;

CRIMARIO in the news: Le projet européen CRIMARIO soutient Madagascar - Critical Maritime Routes. Inmarsat SwiftBroadband UAV to provide operational capability boost - Inmarsat. Inmarsat SwiftBroadband UAV to provide operational capability boost 8 May 2017: Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM today announced the launch of the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband unmanned aerial vehicle (SB-UAV) satellite communications service, intended for use with the Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal.

Inmarsat SwiftBroadband UAV to provide operational capability boost - Inmarsat

UAVs are the fastest-growing sector of the aerospace industry and governments are increasingly looking to harness the advantages that unmanned vehicles can provide. The rapid development in technology and subsequent increase in capability now sees governments deploying UAVs in operations as diverse as border protection, surveying, infrastructure inspections, emergency services and police surveillance.

Demanding market. Students get creative on sulphur detection. The Danish Maritime Authority announced that on Wednesday evening, May 3, six teams of engineering students presented their innovative ideas on the the SOx Challenge, to a panel of judges from industry and the public sector.

Students get creative on sulphur detection

The students were asked, for the first time, to apply their knowledge and creativity to the problem of detecting violations of the international regulation of sulphur emissions. “In a very short time we have gotten six fresh, innovative perspectives on a problem that is shared by almost every Coastal- and Flag State in the world – the need for effective and uniform enforcement to ensure a level playing field for the industry”, says Director of Maritime Regulation and Legal Affairs at the Danish Maritime Authority, Henriette Bytoft Flügge. IMO Sulphur Cap: Time matters more than ever. Andrés Gómez, Global Market Director, Shanghai BlueSoul Environmental Technology Co.

IMO Sulphur Cap: Time matters more than ever

Ltd, focused on “IMO Sulphur Cap” at the 2017 GREEN4SEA Conference. He stressed that time matters more than ever, considering that SOx emissions reduction is a reality and the environment will notice the benefits soon. His company was the first of its kind for a scrubber to receive AiP according to the new DNV GL rule set and the first for a Chinese scrubber manufacturer. Big improvement has been done in order to produce sustainable energy for shipping; wind; solar; methanol or even hydrogen. ABS Provides Key Insights during Mexico’s Regulatory Workshop. Mexico has recently begun taking steps toward ratifying the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI, an International Maritime Organization (IMO) air pollution agreement. As part of the process, the country is preparing to submit a proposal to the IMO to establish a Mexican Emission Control Area (ECA).

To provide a classification perspective, ABS recently participated in a workshop hosted by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), in coordination with Mexico’s Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), and joined by representatives from the US and Canada. Homero Guerra, ABS Regional Vice President for Mexico and Equatorial America, introduced the role of class organizations and explained how they fit into the regulatory scheme under the flag state. London: the world’s most resilient maritime centre? Singapore has retained its title as the world’s top maritime centre in Menon Economics’ Leading Maritime Capitals of the World report for 2017. Much of the press coverage has focused on this fact, largely overlooking the fact that London has risen from sixth place overall in 2015 to fifth place this year – despite the uncertainty of Brexit. It’s fair to say that none of the other maritime cities in the top five – Singapore, Hamburg, Oslo and Shanghai – have had to deal with such a massive economic spanner being thrown in their works.

And still London has strengthened its global standing. London is still putting up a fight against Hamburg, Oslo and Rotterdam to be the leading maritime capital of Europe, although each is strong in its own area. London holds the global top spot in finance and law, and Oslo in maritime technology.