• 2018 October 20 07:44

    EU Commission launches the European Network of U-space Demonstrators

    EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc launched the European network for drone demonstration projects. The network will become a forum to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure and green, Antwerp Port Authority said in its press release.

    It will focus on the so-called U-space: a system that connects all drones flying in the air and that makes all drones visible for authorities and citizens.

    Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "Drones are a key part of the future of aviation and will become part of our daily lives. All players can mutually learn from practical expertise on how we can keep drone traffic safe, secure and green in the public space. That exactly is the purpose of this EU wide network."

    Already today, drone and U-space projects deliver concrete results on how to fly drones safely and how to make the developing U-space system more reliably robust. Yet these U-space projects are only sustainable and will only attract additional investment if the proposed solutions are compatible with the European framework. That is why the Commission has taken the initiative to establish a European Network of U-space Demonstrators to support these projects.

    The network is a cooperation of the European Aviation Safety Agency, SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and EUROCONTROL and will focus on promising projects that still need some further operational and regulatory demonstrations before starting commercial operations. The network will focus specifically on projects with a clear business case that build on mature technologies, but need some further operational and regulatory demonstrations before starting commercial operations.

    The network would also support the competent authorities in processing the numerous applications that can be expected once commercial businesses will be started.

    Erwin Verstraelen, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Antwerp Port Authority: “Innovation and digitization are crucial if our harbour is to stay sustainably competitive in the long term. Drones will become indispensable in the near future, not least in our port, to support our role as operator and regulator. Furthermore, in our role of community builder, we facilitate the use of drones as much as possible for all stakeholders. Given the particular nature of our port, this has to be done in a safe manner. Through our participation in this network, we are confirming our pioneering role and ambition to be an open and innovative hub that institutionalizes new technologies.”

    Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly: “This European Network of U-Space demonstrators is a first: all stakeholders of this new industry are invited to work with the regulator to explore how a solid regulation can be built to enable the European drone services market. We are excited about the prospect of contributing our international experience to this initiative. The safe integration of drone traffic is crucial.”

    Johan Decuyper, CEO Belgocontrol: “The dronesector is making us re-invent ourselves as airspace manager, and deal with new types of airspace users. Rather than standing on the sidelines, we believe it is important to be a driving factor in this evolution. Yet we cannot and will not ignore the safety challenges that go along with it. The only way of dealing with this properly is to innovate, to adapt and to pave the way towards automation where we can, and in a safe and secure way. This includes also the drafting of new EU laws on the use of drones. Therefore we welcome initiatives like the platform that is announced here today. We are looking forward to fully collaborate to the platform and the drafting of EU regulation.”

    A first overview of activities of the Network will be presented at the next High-Level Conference on Drones in Amsterdam in November 2018.




2019 April 26

18:03 Maersk Supply Service awarded major FPSO mooring project
17:42 Bronka Port rolls out new bulk handling capabilities of KOTTA container for bulk cargo owners
17:32 DFDS invests in biofuel start-up
17:06 Concerns remain for global marine underwriting, says IUMI
16:04 Lloyd’s Register announces new range of online training courses for ISO 45001
16:01 New research into glycol freezing enables further savings with the Alfa Laval DuroShell heat exchanger in LNG fuel systems
15:47 Damen’s InvaSave mobile ballast water treatment system goes on tour ahead of IMO deadline
15:04 Port of Antwerp cargo turnover down by 3% in Q1 2019
14:36 Keppel delivers fourth enhanced KFELS Super A Class unit to EnscoRowan
14:11 Yakutia, Russia officials host groundbreaking ceremony at the site of future Zhatai Shipyard
13:38 Zvezda Shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for second Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
12:03 DEME Offshore and Equinor join hands to study floating concrete substructures for Hywind Tampen floating wind farm
11:54 Marine Façade Port to become a base for a single St. Petersburg public cruise / ferry operator
10:24 Russia’s MARINET OKs the autonomous concept of IQBoat
10:11 Brent Crude, WTI futures close lower at $ 74,19 and $ 64,89, repectively
10:08 Grimaldi starts construction of GG5G Class hybrid freighter
09:41 Baltic Dry Index rises 2.24% pts to 869 points
09:27 Bunker Market this morning, April 26
09:00 IMO launches website for Marine Environment Protection of the South-East Asian Seas project
08:13 MOL recorded ¥6.1 billion in extraordinary loss for FY2018 on its Non-consolidated Financial Statements

2019 April 25

18:06 St. Petersburg port Marine Façade revamped Pier 7 to accommodate two longer cruise ships from 2021
18:05 Bodrum Cruise Port welcomes the First call of the Year
17:05 MOL announces naming ceremony for two newbuilding LNG carriers
16:08 Bumi Armada refinances corporate debt
15:37 Volga Shipping Company starts 2019 cargo shipping season on the Upper Volga
15:08 Bibby HydroMap hold DriX demonstration day at Catapult in Blyth
15:08 NUTEP takes delivery of handling equipment from ZPMC for new Berth No. 38
14:30 Jan De Nul Group extends its fleet with three water injection dredgers
14:08 KCA Deutag awarded a four-year drilling contract extension on North Sea platform
13:52 CMA CGM unveils its vision for a digital customer journey and launches CMA CGM eSolutions
13:52 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports end week nearly flat
13:08 CNOOC China Limited signs a petroleum contract with PetroChina
12:08 HullWiper signs hull cleaning frame agreement with Equinor ASA
11:08 ONE announces delivery of 14,000-TEU containership “ONE APUS”
10:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.25.
10:24 Brent Crude futures price edges up to $ 74,6, WTI - down to $ 65,79
10:08 Seagull Maritime acquires software company Tero Marine
10:08 Zelenodolsk Shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for 10th Grachonok-class special purpose boat
09:49 NCSP and VTB close the Novorossiysk Grain Terminal shares sale deal
09:07 UK’s leading port operator, ABP, appoints new Chief Commercial Officer
09:05 Baltic Dry Index continues to gain, settles at 850 points
08:07 Delta Mariner first to use deepened Nieuwe Waterweg at the Port of Rotterdam
07:23 LNG vessel completes 6,000th Neopanamax transit at the Panama Canal
07:12 MOL announces delivery of VLCC "PHOENIX JAMNAGAR"

2019 April 24

18:15 Cryogas-Vysotsk kicks off full-scale LNG production
18:11 Jiangsu Zhenjiang Shipyard holds steel-cutting for four ASD tugs ordered for Liaoning Longyun Shunze Tug Ltd.
18:07 COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry in Yangzhou holds naming ceremony for 400K DWT VLOC
17:30 Final caisson installed for Tuas Terminal Phase 1
17:07 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA concludes the first contract of affreightment for its CLEANBU fleet
17:05 Oceaneering takes delivery of the advanced subsea construction support vessel
16:37 COSCO SHIPPING signs a strategic cooperation agreement with Yangzhou
16:34 MOL co-own world 6 largest Liquified Ethan Carrier with Reliance
16:26 Port of Vysotsk three-month cargo throughput rose 12% to 5 million tonnes
16:05 Tanjung Bruas Port expands its services to container ships
15:46 HMM to expand cooperation with FESCO
14:41 Primorsk oil port’s throughput rose 5% in Jan-Mar to 14 million tonnes
14:29 Rosmorport picks Oil Terminal Lavna to provide berths for its ships docking in Murmansk
13:42 Ust-Luga Port’s three-month volume up 8% to more than 26 million tonnes
13:35 Port of St.-Petersburg Q1 cargo volumes rise 3% to 14.26 million tonnes
13:22 FPU Akademik Lomonosov completed trials of nuclear power plant