World Marine AtoN Day (1 July) shines light on future of Australia’s navigation services

Monday 1 July 2019
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is using World Marine Aids to Navigation (AtoN) Day to highlight the emerging trends and drivers that will influence navigation services in our waters over the next decade.
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Navigation services in Australian waters-outlook to 2030 outlines our policy response to the rapidly changing way vessels are receiving, integrating, displaying and exchanging navigational information.

"The pace of change is great and we need to be agile and innovative in response to ensure we remain an effective maritime safety regulator, as well as combating marine pollution and rescuing people in distress," our General Manager Standards, Mr Brad Groves said.

"This document sets out principles that will guide us in the provision of navigational services over the next decade which is why it's so important we identify the emerging trends and drivers now.

"We need to consider advances in technology-such as the continued evolution of global satellite navigation and communication systems, and electronic AtoNs-but also factor in the growth of vessel numbers around our coasts."

Navigation services in Australian waters-outlook to 2030 has been launched to coincide with Marine World AtoN Day (1 July), an initiative of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

We manage about 480 AtoNs across 390 sites, including 62 lighthouses which all have valuable heritage significance.

"There's a definite symmetry with the aim of World AtoN Day and the themes discussed in Navigation services in Australian waters-outlook to 2030," Mr Groves said.

"We will continue to work hard to ensure Australia's network of marine AtoN and other services remain technologically relevant, alongside traditional lighthouses, while embracing change and innovation."

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