Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
We learn that the General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland (GLA)1 have named Dr Alan Grant as the Head of its Research and Development team. He assumed his new role on 1 November.
As part of his duties Dr Grant heads the GLA’s research and development programme, considering existing and future maritime requirements and operational strategy.
GLA Research and Development (known as GRAD) is tasked with improving maritime safety by developing innovative and cost effective maritime aids to navigation.
At GRAD projects have included all aspects of AtoN including human and machine interaction, operational life and environment. The team has especially deep technical expertise and experience with AIS, VDES, eLoran, e‑Navigation, GNSS, SBAS and visual signaling.
Dr Grant joined the GLAs in 2003 and has worked on a variety of systems during his time with GRAD. He led a series of successful GPS jamming trials and the development of the multi-system radionavigation receiver performance standards, from initial concept through to international recognition at the IMO. He continues to support resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) in maritime navigation at both technical and strategic levels.
Dr Grant is as a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation RIN, where he is a member of Council and served as a Vice President from 2019-2021. He is also a member of the US Institute of Navigation and served on the ION Council from 2013-2017.
At IALA Dr Grant chairs the Radionavigation Services Working Group and is a member of several international standards bodies. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Physicist, and author of over 120 journal papers, magazine articles, and conference papers.
1 The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland are: Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights.
A new heatwave, the fourth since the beginning of June 2022, is ongoing in central and western Europe.
According to the national weather services, air temperatures between 9 and 14 August could again exceed 44°C in Spain, 40°C in France, 35°C in the south of the United Kingdom and 30°C in the Netherlands.
At the Port of Guam on 10 August the US Coast Guard recognized mariners aboard the CGA CGM Herodote for their action to save lives in March this year.
Captain Nick Simmons, US Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, presented Captain Donald Moore and the crew a Coast Guard Certificate of Merit for their efforts to rescue fishers more than 100 miles off Japan after their vessel suffered a fire on 21 March.
Simmons said: ‘The efforts of Captain Moore and his crew honour the nautical tradition of assisting fellow mariners. Their bias for action and commitment were on display that day. Merchant mariners are an integral part of the global search and rescue enterprise, and especially in the vast Pacific, they are essential to saving lives.’