The important issue of maintaining Aids to Navigation in the Middle East Gulf and the moral obligation for shipowners to pay for their upkeep, will dominate discussion at an event being run by the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) during London International Shipping Week 2021.

The debate, to be held on Wednesday 15th September both in-person and virtually between 12am and 1pm, will discuss the future of Middle Eastern Navigational Aids and the implications of potential safety risks. It will be run through IFAN’s branch organisation, the Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS).

MENAS, which is part of the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) Group, provides a service of AtoNs fitted with satellite monitoring system and Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders to track the location and the status of the AtoN equipment, and using AIS data, to monitor passing traffic and carry out risk assessments. MENAS also has four Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) sites that, whilst they are still transmitting, they are beyond their normal service life. The fear is that without a necessary recapitalisation at each site, the DGPS could stop working and would cease to be a vital aid to ships and mariners in the area.

MENAS also provides essential information and advice such as the issuance of Notices to Mariners advising on hazards to shipping coordinating additions to navigation charts for the Gulf and the broadcast of Navigation warnings every four hours and the weather bulletin every 12 hours covering the entire gulf. Over 2,000 vessels rely upon MENAS equipment and services each month.

The panellists are:
Sean Moloney – Moderator, Co-Founder and Director of LISW21,
Alan Marsh MBE – Chairman IFAN
Peter Stanley – CEO IFAN – will set the current context and will announce the recent investments/commitments by MENAS,
Mahdi Al Mosawi – General Manager, MENAS,
John Dolan – Deputy Director, Loss Prevention, Standard P&I Club,
Commodore Rob Dorey – Director of Operations, Trinity House,
Omar Eriksson – Dean of the World Wide Academy, IALA
Andreas Bisbas – Director of Tsakos Shipping

Alan Marsh, Chairman of IFAN, said: “We are looking forward to discussing this important issue with panellists. We believe it’s shipowners’ moral duty to fund these services. Nav dues are essential to ensure MENAS can continue to provide AtoNs in the region while there is no alternative service provider or navigational system providing as an accurate a service. All ships in the area share the benefit of these well-maintained nav aids.”

Peter Stanley, CEO of IFAN, added: “The event is set to be lively, especially as IFAN has some exciting developments in the pipeline being announced during LISW21.”

With less than four weeks to go, London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) is steaming ahead to what is set to be the first major in-person maritime industry event for some time. if you would like to register for the event please click here 

Taking place from 13 to 17 September, LISW21 will feature significant in-person events, meetings and social gatherings, backed up by a state-of-the-art portal facility which will enable thousands more delegates to join in virtually.

Organised with the full backing of the UK Government, industry leaders and prominent international maritime associations, LISW21 will explore the overarching theme of ‘Driving Growth and Recovery in a Disrupted World’ – particularly relevant as international trade plans its journey out of the pandemic, adjusts to the UK’s Brexit earlier this year, and prepares to meet international environmental targets.

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