ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Enhancing Technology and Innovation
for Polar Navigation
In October 2017 the Marine Institute hosted a joint conference which combined e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2017 with Ocean Innovation 2017.
Under the all-encompassing theme “Enhancing Technology and Innovation for Polar Navigation” the conference examined e-navigation as it relates to the following areas:
- Ice Navigation and Passage Planning (User Needs and Local Knowledge)
- Incident Response (Including Antarctic)
- Sea Traffic Management (Arctic Corridors)
- Governmental Programs and Plans (Polar Code)
The advent of the Polar Code in particular provides an excellent opportunity to examine how e-navigation can best serve the needs of Polar maritime decision-makers, and the conference provided a ‘User Forum’ in which to articulate Polar Navigation specific needs and help shape actions to address them. Particular emphasis was placed on the North American Arctic, although both the Arctic and Antarctic Polar Regions were considered.
In addition to stimulating presentations, networking and cross-fertilization of ideas the Organizing Committee will provide a final report that summarizes the conference’s conclusions and recommendations for the way forward with e-navigation. The report will be used by all who are involved in e-navigation (i.e. IMO’s Navigation, Communications, Search and Rescue (NCSR) Subcommittee, IALA’s ENAV Committee and others) to guide development and implementation. The final report will be posted on this website as soon as it becomes available.
Thanks to all who joined us in St. John’s, Newfoundland October 16-18, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel.