Enhancing Technology and Innovation for Polar Navigation
16-18 October 2017, The Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, Newfoundland

E Navigation Underway North America - Ocean Innovation 2017 Program

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Ocean Protection Plan

* Registration for anyone attending the full conference, is free - simply log into your registration, and select the workshop under the Agenda Tab, for those not attending the conference the cost is $70 plus HST.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform attendees about the interlinked Arctic initiatives being undertaken by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., World Wildlife Fund Canada, Oceans North and the Government of Canada under the banner of the Oceans Protection Plan and to foster discussion about next steps and future opportunities for these and other potential projects.

Key objectives
The key objectives of this session are to:

1) Recognize linkages and opportunities to further the collaboration between government, industry, communities, and other potential partners; 
2) Discuss potential future directions for current and other planned initiatives to help support the corridors concept;
3) Identify possible pilot locations to support the various initiatives under consideration

This is a great opportunity for those looking to partner or work in this area.

Ocean Innovation - E Navigation Underway North America 2017

In October 2017 the Marine Institute, will host a joint conference which combines e-Navigation Underway (North America) 2017 with Ocean Innovation 2017.

e-Navigation Underway Conferences are led by IALA, in close cooperation with interested maritime administrations of IMO Member States and international organisations. These conferences are concerned with gathering stakeholder opinions and facilitating the exchange of views and experiences, promoting understanding between equipment manufacturers and users, cooperation in field tests and verification of emerging e-navigation concepts and technologies and discussions on future e-navigation policy. Each conference produces a set of conclusions for the guidance of stakeholders and to further progress e-navigation.

Under the all-encompassing theme “Enhancing Technology and Innovation for Polar Navigation” the conference will examine e- Navigation as it relates to the following areas: Infrastructure, Ice Navigation and Passage Planning (User Needs and Local Knowledge), Incident Response (Including Antarctic), Sea Traffic Management (Arctic Corridors), and 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 will provide a ‘User Forum’ in which to articulate Polar Navigation specific needs and help shape actions to address them. Particular emphasis will be placed on the North American Arctic, although both the Arctic and Antarctic Polar Regions will be considered.

In addition to stimulating presentations, networking and cross fertilization of ideas the OI and e-Navigation Underway 2017 Committee will provide a final report summarizing the conference's  conclusions and recommendations for the way forward with E navigation. Submitted to all who are involved in the development and implementation of e-navigation, (including IMO’s Navigation, Communications, Search and Rescue (NCSR) Subcommittee, IALA’s ENAV Committee and others) it is sure to make an impact.

Have your say and join us in St. John's, Newfoundland October 16 - 17, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel.