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Plotting the Course for the Future of Maritime Navigation

For centuries, mariners have utilised myriad assets to navigate the world’s seas and oceans safely. Compasses, radar, echo sounders, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, signals, the ship’s whistle and the very skies above have all been used to navigate weather, geography and human factors to ensure safe passage.   Back in 2017 a concerned captain […]

MarRINav dissemination workshop

PDF on Dissemination Workshop the 5th December 2019.

Professor David Last, World Renown PNT Authority, Presumed Lost At Sea

  Just before 13:00 GMT yesterday a private plane piloted by former President of the Royal Institute of Navigation, Professor David Last, disappeared from radar and impacted the sea approximately two miles off the coast of Wales. On-going search and rescue efforts have recovered pieces of wreckage and personal effects. Professor Last was one of […]

Registration for the MarRINav dissemination workshop, 5th December, BDC London

The MarRINav results dissemination workshop will be held in the KTN Faraday Room in the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH.
Please proceed directly to the the Faraday Room on the top floor, as the main KTN office will be closed.

Context and Requirements

This report captures and analyses the maritime context for future Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) in the timeframe to 2030.

NLA-led consortium to tackle vulnerabilities in maritime position, navigation and timing

NLA International Ltd is proud to announce the start of a new project funded by the European Space Agency’s ’s NAVISP programme.

MarRINav (Maritime Resilience and Integrity of Navigation) will explore vulnerabilities in position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions.  Both the 2017 Blackett report and 2018 London Economics report highlighted the risks associated with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and the operations that depend on it.  In the marine space these vulnerabilities are significant.  Factors such as space weather, jamming and ‘spoofing’ – being misled by false signals – can cause ships to appear on charts at inaccurate locations.  MarRINav will consider these risks and explore how other PNT solutions can complement GNSS to provide the mariner with greater resilience and confidence in what is now recognised as a critical national infrastructure.

The NLA-led consortium includes The University of Nottingham, The General Lighthouse Authorities Research and Development team, Terrafix, London Economics, Innovate UK, Taylor Airey and University College London.  Together we will explore a system-of-systems solution primarily for maritime PNT resilience and integrity whilst recognising that findings may be applied to other sectors such as transport and logistics; emergency response; security; financial services; power distribution; and telecommunications.

Project updates will appear here and on the NLA website.  For more details please see the ESA official release here.