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Subject:eMaritime News for 9 August 2013


GPS flaw

The world’s GPS system is vulnerable to hackers or terrorists who could use it to hijack ships according to a frightening new study that exposes a huge potential hole in national security.



The highly topical issue of the skills gap in the marine sector is to come under the spotlight as part of London International Shipping Week 2013 when the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and specialist engineering recruitment agency Matchtech will hold an ‘invitation only’ roundtable to discuss and debate this vital topic.


IMO AIS guidelines: Collision Avoidance, Decision Making, and the Totem ECDIS Decision Support Tools

Since the introduction of AIS in 2001, the question of “how to use AIS data on board” remains unclear. The “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea 1972 (COLREGS)" have no reference to AIS but only to Radar. Consequently, many mariners are under the impression that AIS information SHOULD NOT be used for collision avoidance


Paperless Trading (Electronic bills of lading)

Frequently asked questions (“FAQs”)


EU official backs environmental credentials of short-sea shipping

But critics say EU has done little to boost prospects for maritime sector.

Spoofing experiment shows GPS vulnerability

American researchers have managed to set a yacht off its course line by sending false signals to its GPS receivers as part of a recent experiment. The experiment was carried out from a desk on board the yacht itself, using a custom-made GPS device, and illustrated the potential vulnerability of a ship’s navigation system

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