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Subject:eMaritime News for 21st December 2013

Galileo achieves its first airborne tracking

Europe's Galileo satellites have achieved their very first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft.


First calls for Horizon 2020 launched

On 11 December the European Commission presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020 - the European Union's EUR 80 billion research and innovation funding instrument. Horizon 2020 is set to run from 2014 to 2020 and will house all EU-science funding under one roof. The new programme will be 'challenge-driven,' an approach that steers away from the previously thematic-led approach towards increased multidisciplinary cooperation.
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Intelligence is the future

Intelligent and clean shipping is the future for the maritime industry, but there should be an international level playing field on environmental regulations.


Bringing shipping documentation into the electronic age

With eDocs beginning to play a bigger part in the industry’s search for speed and efficiency of commercial transactions, leading Greek tanker operator Minerva Marine and five other parties recently completed the first iron ore trade using Electronic Shipping Solution's (ESS) CargoDocs electronic bill of lading and Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits for Electronic Presentation – eUCP.


Gateway to interoperability: FREESIC

The new technology has been developed under an EU FP7 financed program which goes under the strange-sounding name FREESIC (FREE Secure Interoperable Communications).

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