Press Release; September 29, 2014 zoom Norway’s e-navigation developer Navtor has signed an agreement with the USA-headquartered maritime weather routing specialist Applied Weather Technology (AWT) that will see the two companies integrating their services to offer route planning and decision making tools.As a result of the deal, AWT’s routing and optimisation systems will now be offered on Navtor’s recently launched NavStation software.Navtor says that NavStation operates as the world’s first “digital chart table,” gathering and overlaying all the data maritime navigators require – including ENCs, digital publications, and other services like piracy updates – on a single screen for the very first time.The product is available as standalone software for standard computers and touch devices, or with an optional, OEM developed and supplied 46-inch “gigapad” touch device for use on the bridge.AWT’s Optimization Routing Service will now be offered as a “layer” within NavStation, giving users around-the-clock weather routing information and analysis, with optimal planning capabilities.AWT communicates the latest data from its onshore base in compressed, economical formats, minimising communication costs. AWT says that this gives navigators the freedom to constantly update routes, maximising safety and accurate scheduling, while keeping fuel use and emissions to a minimum.“This heralds another significant e-navigation breakthrough,” said Tor Svanes, Navtor CEO.“AWT leads the market in gathering and analysing meteorological data to provide its customers with optimised route planning, efficient operations and better profit margins, while minimizing the environmental impact of shipping. By integrating their software and expertise into our own products, we can further refine the service we offer to navigators to reach a new e-navigation reality. It’s an exciting development, not only for us and AWT, but also for the industry.”The companies claim that AWT’s service will provide subscribing NavStation users with dynamically optimised routes based on the latest weather and ocean data, while the optimisation feature helps plan the most efficient routes possible to manage voyage costs.The package can be added to the standard NavStation “base layer,” alongside additional, optional layers such as tidal information, iceberg updates and all Admiralty digital products and publications.
During the Secretary-General’s last visit in September 2012, his discussions with government identified a number of areas in which Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth would collaborate to deepen their partnership. These included the strengthening of the Human Rights Commission; strengthening the public service, local government, electoral institutions and processes; youth entrepreneurship; sport for development and peace; supporting implementation of the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission; legislative drafting; and strengthening an independent media. The Commonwealth Secretariat has been working with the Government of Sri Lanka to take all of these forward.The Secretary-General’s engagements in Colombo will include meetings with the President, the Speaker of Parliament and the Minister of External Affairs. He said that the Secretary-General will review organisational preparations for CHOGM and discuss possible outcomes that Sri Lanka and Commonwealth leaders will want to achieve at the summit. Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma will push for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, during his ongoing visit to Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth Secretariat said in a statement issued in Colombo today.Richard Uku, Official Spokesperson and Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat said that the Secretary-General will discuss matters of shared interest between Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which takes place in Sri Lanka in November. “We want the 2013 summit to achieve significant outcomes for all members. It should show ways in which all Commonwealth citizens – be they city dwellers or residents of remote communities – can increasingly become beneficiaries of national development and growth, and be confident that they can shape their societies through democratic culture and processes. Development and democracy are mutually reinforcing,” Uku said. Sharma is expected to discuss, among other issues, options for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.“The Commonwealth approach is to highlight our shared values and to offer best-fit practical assistance that helps achieve progress,” Uku concluded. (Colombo Gazette)