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On the water:

22/9/2016 - Glebe Island. The container ship Hanjin California remains under arrest at the old Glebe Island Container Terminal prompted by claim of failure to settle bunkering after the owners file for receivership. It is said that Hanjin invested heavily, as other shipping companies, anticipating an increase in global trade that has not eventuated. More of this story at Lloyds List Australia.


14/6/2016 - Barangaroo. The new development overshadows the city.

22/9/2016 - Glebe Island. Raining again...the North Coast copping it.

4/6/2016 - Wild weather. Flooding and seven metre swells hit NSW East Coast as a result of East Coast Low in Tasman Sea. More at BOM website.

3/6/2016 - The Vivid light show lights up Sydney harbour.


Technology news:

31/5/2016 - Avalanche of space junk. Global positioning, weather forecast and communication satellites are at risk of being brought down by a catastrophic avalanche of space junk. Chief executive of the Space Environment Research Centre Ben Greene said a thumbnail-size piece of junk travelling at 10 kilometres a second could take down a satellite. Dr Green said the avalanche scenario refers to an event which wiped out all satellites – which would compound the problem as it would create yet more space junk. "The most pessimistic mathematical model says that we are within five years of having a 50-50 chance that a catastrophic avalanche of collisions will occur any day," Dr Greene said. "The most optimistic model says we've got 25 years." More of this article from Bridie Smith Science Editor of the Age at the Sydney Morning Herald website.

1/5/2016 - Update on navigational positioning systems. In addition to American Global Positioning System (GPS), other systems are in use or under development including the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), the European Union Galileo positioning system, China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, and India's Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

GPS is a space-based satellite navigation system composed of 24 to 32 satellites in medium Earth orbit that provides location and time information on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil, and commercial users around the world. The United States government created the system, maintains it, and makes it freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver. Read more at Wikipedia.

GLONASS is a space-based satellite navigation system of 24 satellites enabling full global coverage operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It provides an alternative to GPS and is the second alternative navigational system in operation. Smartphones can receive GLONASS positioning information along with GPS for a more accurate reception of up to 2 meters. Read more at Wikipedia.

Galileo, the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) of 24 operational and 6 active spare satellites is currently being created by the European Space Agency Galileo. It is intended to provide position to 1-metre, and better at high latitudes. It will start offering from 2016 with the complete 30-satellite Galileo system expected by 2020. Read more at Wikipedia.

BDS, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is a Chinese satellite navigation system of two separate satellite constellations – a limited test system that has been operating since 2000, and a full-scale global navigation system that is currently under construction. The first BeiDou system consists of three satellites and has offered limited coverage in China’s neighboring regions since 2000. The second generation BDS known as COMPASS or BeiDou-2, will be a global satellite navigation system consisting of 35 satellites, and is under construction as of January 2015. In-mid 2015, China started the build-up of the third generation BeiDou system (BDS-3) in the global coverage constellation. Read more at Wikipedia.

QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System), is a proposed Japanese three-satellite regional system. The construction of three satellites is slated for launch before the end of 2017 and the basic four-satellite system is planned to be operational in 2018. QZSS can only provide limited accuracy on its own and is not currently required in its specifications to work in a stand-alone mode. As such, it is viewed as a GNSS Augmentation service. Read more at Wikipedia.

IRNSS, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or is a Navigation Satellite System consisting of 3 satellites in GEO orbit and 4 satellites in GSO orbit providing positioning extending to 1500 km around India. The requirement of such a navigation system is driven because access to foreign government-controlled global navigation satellite systems is not guaranteed in hostile situations. Read more at Wikipedia.


Industry news:

15/3/2016 - End of Australian flagged coastal trade. The Maritime Industry Australia Limited warns the sector will disappear without action.... CEO Teresa Lloyd statements included "Australia has a very strict cabotage regime for aviation where foreign companies can't just come here and operate on domestic routes...but they have a very liberal approach to cabotage for the maritime sector." Ms Lloyd said cabotage was "a preference or a reservation for domestic activity for domestic operators". Such systems exist in many countries, an example being the USA, where it requires all goods transported by water be by US constructed and US flagged vessels. Read full report in ABC news website.

30/6/2015 - AMSA DVD Service Delivery Changes. Transport Ministers representing all states and territories decided in November 2014 that AMSA will assume responsibility for full delivery of services and funding for domestic commercial vessels by July 2019, with a 2-year transition period commencing in July 2017...A nationally delivered service presents real and substantial benefits to the domestic maritime industry and the Australian economy, with a focus on reducing regulatory burden and rewarding good safety management, AIMEX writes. It will also make it possible to implement a modern risk-based regulatory safety scheme that is consistently applied across Australia...
Regulatory Update for Domestic Commercial Vessels -Thursday Island. More than a dozen people attended a National System information session held on Thursday Island on 2nd July. The attendees were given an update on the operation of the National System by AMSA’s Manager (Liaison), who also explained the practical difference that AMSA’s focus on red tape reduction and a “trust and verify” model should mean for their organisations. More of this article from AIMEX (Australian Marine Exports) at AIMEX Domestic Vessel E-news.

Regulator news:

10/5/2016 - AMSA DVD supersedes State regulators. Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Domestical Commercial Vessel Division (DVD) holds a road show for training organisations in Sydney. Presenters announces to attendees its plans to fully supersede State Maritime Certification/Survey Authorities by July 2017. They also stated plans to step back from its currently legislated responsibility for audit of its approved training organisations (leaving this to ASQA). Additionally they announced that it will require certification document authentication to be complied and processed by training organisations including a final practical assessments (orals). More at AMSA website.


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