Navigation Conference

A Major national conference on electronic navigation aids for shipping will be held at the United Kingdom’s Plymouth University this week.

Major electronic shipping navigation conference in Plymouth

A MAJOR national conference on electronic navigation aids for shipping will be held at Plymouth University this week.

A number of high-profile industry figures and academics are set to the speak at the Celebrating Navigation Conference, at the Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, on Thursday and Friday September 13 and 14.

It forms part of the Plymouth Marine City Festival – a huge cultural, sporting and educational programme that will emphasise Plymouth’s position as one of Europe’s most concentrated centres for marine and maritime excellence.

The two-day event will also form an historical perspective as it celebrates the 150th anniversary of Plymouth University and the School of Navigation, which was founded to provide training and development to mariners.

Paul Wright, associate director of Plymouth University’s Marine Institute, which is organising the conference, said: “In a year when we have commemorated the sinking of the Titanic, and then witnessed the unfolding disaster that was the Costa Concordia, the issue of navigation is once again at the forefront of the national agenda.

“Marine navigation is going through a period of rapid change with developments in electronic technology including the Electronic Chart and Information System (ECDIS) and e-navigation. While the conference will glance back at historical legacies, it will focus upon present and future issues and recognise the importance of accurate navigation.”

Source: This is Plymouth

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