ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Enabling e-Navigation: Today and Tomorrow

Building the Infrastructure & Reaping the Benefits

How e-Navigation will affect The Marine Industry

Please join us at this exciting conference organized under the auspices of IALA and hosted by RTCM. It will be held in the heart of the vibrant port of Tampa, focusing on the broadening application of the maritime information environment that e-navigation is creating. Presentations will address key infrastructure issues that are the foundation for future developments, the benefits that are being derived today with the promise of many more in the future. Delegates will learn about the evolving tools available to mariners, and governmental plans and programs affecting the maritime community. A final plenary session will develop recommendations about the development and application of e-navigation for submission to national and international maritime administrations and standards setting organizations. We’ll have a full and informative program with many opportunities for networking with exhibitors and sponsors.

The venue, the Florida Aquarium, is ideally suited for hosting our meeting and we’ve arranged for near-by superb affordable accommodations.

Conference Overview

SESSION I: e-Navigation DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Many of the significant infrastructure requirements still to be developed or implemented deal with e-navigation’s information management framework. The material presented will convey a sense of when and how those initiatives will affect events. Presentations will discuss supporting services, such as communications links, and how information is to be presented. Many topics will relate to issues to be raised in the subsequent sessions.

SESSION II: NORTH AMERICAN GOVERNMENTAL PLANS AND PROGRAMS

Governments are major providers of the infrastructure supporting e-navigation. Covering both Canadian and U.S. activities in this session is particularly important, given the shared waterways in the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

SESSION III – NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TOOLS

New technologies and the tools they provide present challenges to managers and mariners alike. Keeping abreast of those developments is critical because of their impact upon operations, procurements, training and a host of similar factors. Understanding them, their uses and benefits is particularly important in order to avoid problems integrating these new technologies and tools. User understanding of the shortfalls and critical input from users to the manufacturers is an absolute necessity and one of the goals of this Session is to stimulate generation of such input.

SESSION IV: CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

The Closing Session will review key points raised in preceding sessions, provide for a discussion of points raised and formulate Conclusions and Recommendations for submission to IALA for distribution as appropriate. Five to ten minutes is provided to each Session Moderator to summarize his or her session.