The 4th annual e-Navigation Underway conference is being held, once again, aboard a DFDS ferry sailing between Copenhagen and Oslo 28-30 January 2014. The theme this year is “Waypoints beyond the Strategy Implementation Plan” building upon the work that IMO has progressed to deliver an e-Navigation implementation plan in 2014.
This is a first-rate conference and probably the premier e-Navigation event dedicated to showcasing e-Nav test beds. I’ve participated in two of the previous three events, and hope to be able to join this one. Stay tuned for more details.
As it has for the past 12 years, Pacific Maritime Magazine will be hosting eNavigation 2013 in Seattle, WA 19-20 November 2013. This promises to be yet another excellent conference, with a finely focused agenda and participation from across the spectrum of e-Navigation stakeholders.
As always, this is an outstanding forum to find out about recent developments in e-Navigation from the perspective of regulators, technology developers, training providers, the legal world, and the industry that will have to deal with whatever e-Navigation becomes. More importantly, it is also an opportunity to have your voice heard by those shaping those developments. Central to every eNavigation* conference has been the opportunity for feedback from the audience and dialog with them. This occurs during the usual Q&A sessions during each panel presentation, but unique to this conference there is also a significant portion of the agenda dedicated to an interactive review of what has been heard and the opportunity for anyone to present their perspective, questions and concerns.
This will be my 13th consecutive eNavigation conference (including when it was called the “AIS conference”) and it is certainly not a lucky number, owing to various obstacles placed in my path that nearly precluded my participation. However, as always I am looking forward to the conference, the spirited exchange of ideas, hearing from everyone there, and of course the opportunity to experience the joys of Seattle.
I hope to be providing frequent updates on the conference proceedings – keep an eye here and @maritimespatial
*Observant readers may notice the differing use of “eNavigaton” and “e-Navigation” in this post. The former is the name of the conference (as trademarked by Pacific Maritime); the latter the “official” spelling/punctuation for the concept as used by IMO, IALA, and other bodies developing the e-Navigation concept.