• 2017 November 14 13:20

    ARKKI project to improve satellite-based positioning and navigation in the Arctic

    The Arctic region offers great business potential but requires that actors and technology take the region’s conditions into account. The ARKKI project of the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute is investigating the challenges to satellite navigation in the Arctic and seeks solutions to them. According to the Ministry, the project was launched in October 2017 and encompasses the region within the Arctic Circle and also the region of the Gulf of Bothnia.

    Satellite navigation is the pillar of various transport modes increasingly often, and intelligent transport based on it is on the rise in all modes of transport. The challenge for Finland and many other countries of the Arctic region, however, is the uneven coverage of the satellite navigation systems in the region, which slows down the effective introduction of autonomous transport, in particular. Therefore it is important that the same efficient and reliable navigation technology is available in the Arctic as at lower latitudes.

    In addition to business opportunities, safer positioning and more reliable location data provide a base for improving the quality of life and safety and for a new kind of environmental protection as well.

    While holding the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017–2019, Finland intends to focus intensely on improving communications preparedness in the Arctic region and on services supporting maritime transport, which are closely linked to navigation and geospatial information.

    As the first step of the project, a user survey is carried out to determine the views of representatives of various sectors and transport modes regarding the challenges of satellite-based positioning, navigation and other use of geospatial information in the Arctic. In addition, the project will go through the availability of different technical methods and systems for solving the problems that arise in the survey. An objective important for Finland is, for instance, to determine the possibilities small satellites offer for improving positioning and navigation. To conclude the project, an international seminar will be organised to discuss possible future measures.

    The project’s international network includes, among others, the European Commission, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The cooperation partners are representatives of domestic and Arctic region sectors applying navigation and satellite navigation, such as transport and surveying, as well as authorities and universities.

    The project is part of the Government’s key project to build a growth environment for digital business operations.




2018 January 19

10:17 Brent Crude futures price down 1.01% to $68.61, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.22% to $63.17
09:56 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:32 Royal IHC supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its Sponsor
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,139 points

2018 January 18

18:01 ABP South Wales ports see strong growth in 2017
17:39 Russian Union of Water Transport Workers congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
16:24 Fincantieri signs cooperation protocol with the autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the trade unions
16:02 MABUX: Bunker prices wait for the new market catalysts
15:33 Port of Marseille Fos and HAROPA launch new rail shuttle
15:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa and from Asia to the Mediterranean
14:32 Unifeeder adds Vlissingen to its service
14:19 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 17-18
14:02 Ocean Network Express receives all necessary merger approvals
13:50 RPK-Vysotsk-LUKOIL-II terminal received 10.06 mln t of export oil products in 2017
13:32 Part-load optimisation delivers significant fuel savings for MAN auxiliary engines
13:28 Van Oord supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
13:12 Rolls-Royce announces strategic review of Commercial Marine operation
12:50 Kerch ferry line carried 5.71 mln passengers in 2017, down 4% Y-o-Y
12:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Japan Express Service to Singapore Malaysia
12:08 Port of Amsterdam receives LME certification
11:59 Vroon awarded multi-year charter for two PX-121 platform-supply vessels
11:36 Chevron Shipping awards global oil and LNG contract to GAC
11:05 German LNG Terminal launches Open Season
10:27 Brent Crude futures price up 0.14% to $69.48, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $64.19
10:04 FSUE Morsviazsputnik congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
09:42 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 43.17 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 7.5% Y-o-Y
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,164 points

2018 January 17

18:00 Federal Agency for Water Resources supports Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress
17:03 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Phaidra with Uniper
16:48 Sweden's Minister of Infrastructure visited World Maritime University
16:34 DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage
16:03 JAXPORT hires new Container Accounts Director
15:50 Lotos shipyard lays down paddle cruiser of Golden Ring design (photo)
15:42 Norwegian Central Bank excludes Evergreen Marine, Precious Shipping, Korea Line and Thorensen Thai Agencies from the Government Pension Fund Global
15:21 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 16-17
15:04 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
14:49 Beginning of icebreaker assistance period announced at port Primorsk (Leningrad Region)
14:33 “K” Line Group announces name change of two ship management subsidiaries
14:11 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) up 14.2% to 14.27 mln t in 2017 (table)
14:03 SBM Offshore completes Turritella handover and transaction
13:25 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 40% to 44.293 mln t in 2017
13:08 OOCL christens the last in latest series of ‘G-Class’ containerships
12:54 Yevgeny Zagorodny steps down as Vice-President of United Shipbuilding Corporation
12:26 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 1 mln t milestone this year (photo)
12:01 The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports
11:22 De Boer/Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage take delivery of ASD 2310 SD at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld
10:43 Port of Gdansk throughput up 9% to 40.6 mln t in 2017
10:19 Brent Crude futures price down 0.1% to $69.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.11% to $63.66
10:00 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbons production in 2017 totaled 513.3 mln boe, down 6.2% Y-o-Y
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,221 points
09:08 Hamburg Süd honored twice for sustainability
08:14 COSCO's container ship to receive cyber enabled ship descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM (Energy Management System)’

2018 January 16

18:21 Kommer Damen opens Damen Area Support China
18:08 DNV GL approves latest Kongsberg Digital Engine Room Simulators
17:49 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.4% Y-o-Y to 293.4 mln t in 2017
17:26 State stevedores of Ukraine handled 34.73 mln t of cargo in 2017, down 9.6% Y-o-Y
17:00 Andrey Lavrishchev’s report at Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress will focus on promising port projects
16:35 Installation of Belgian topside for offshore substation marks milestone in further construction of Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
16:04 Maersk Line announces increase in FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC and from Mediterranean to Far East