Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW LEADERBOARD

Safety bulletin issued for all mariners who use GPS equipment

by Samantha Sinclair, MCA 23 Mar 2019 13:13 UTC 6 April 2019
Safety bulletin issued for all mariners who use GPS equipment © Vic Drosso

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019.

On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS systems might become inaccurate due to the 'week number' rollover event.

This could cause stand-alone GPS receivers and systems using GPS chips, to produce data that is 19.7 years either in the past or future, therefore generating errors in both the GPS position and time. However, if onboard equipment has been installed after August 1999, or has regular firmware updates from the manufacturer, there should be minimal risk of an error occurring.

Luke Hallett Radio Spectrum Policy Co-ordinator for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: 'If your GPS is more than 10 years old or it's had no firmware updates then you're definitely at higher risk of you GPS not working from 6 April. If your GPS falls into either of those categories you need to check with the manufacturer before April 6, otherwise time and position data used for navigation could become inaccurate. It's important that GPS users check their systems as soon as possible to ensure that they won't be affected by the impending rollover.'

The MCA's safety bulletin is intended to help operators understand the implications of the week-number rollover and to take action to ensure all GPS updates are completed.

For more information on the rollover event please visit GPS safety bulletin here.

Related Articles

Supporting the ships of the future
A number of ground-breaking projects under way The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will attempt to recreate the original voyage of the Mayflower across the Atlantic Ocean 400 years ago. Trials will begin within the next few weeks, before the historic journey which is planned for April 2021. Posted on 16 Sep
Next generation of search and rescue
Remotely piloted aircraft technology being tested More technology which could drive the next generation of search and rescue for Her Majesty's Coastguard is being tested. Posted on 13 Sep
MCA autonomous vessel work continues
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is working on how autonomous ships can be best regulated The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be looking to build on the recent successful 22 day data collection mission of a remotely operated vessel. Posted on 20 Aug
Unmanned aircraft supports search and rescue
Supporting search and rescue response in north Wales HM Coastguard's first unmanned search and rescue missions undertaken in Wales Posted on 1 Aug
BBC Shipping Forecast to be phased back to normal
Broadcasts of the UK Maritime Weather Service to revert to previous times From Monday 6 July the BBC's broadcasts of the UK Maritime Weather Service, including the Shipping Forecast, will begin to be phased back to normal broadcast times and radio frequencies. Posted on 4 Jul
Slight changes to BBC Shipping Forecast times
One at 0533, one at midday and one at 0048 during the week From Monday (30 March) there are some changes for the foreseeable future to the way the BBC will broadcast the UK Marine Weather Service - including the Shipping Forecast - owing to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Posted on 29 Mar
UK Coastguard to use new aircraft
Decked out with latest technology to boost search and rescue at sea Two new state-of-the-art aircraft have taken to the skies, boosting the lifesaving search and rescue missions carried out by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Posted on 8 Feb
Drones could form a key part of search and rescue
Technology could also boost capabilities for marine protection and counter pollution From accidents off the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic coast to casualties in the high waves of the North Sea, drones could be used in the future to help save lives across the UK. Posted on 6 Feb
HM Coastguard at Royal International Air Tattoo
Announcing their biggest ever participation at the event For the first time HM Coastguard will showcase three aircraft, in traditional red and white livery, to allow both trade visitors and the general public to explore all the features of their world-class search and rescue and counter pollution services. Posted on 6 Jul 2019
11 deaths hit-home the importance of lifejackets
Eleven people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket 11 people, who drowned in 2018, might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is one of the main findings of this year's Casualty Review Panel who met earlier this year to discuss last year's maritime fatalities. Posted on 3 Jul 2019
North Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterHighfield Boats - Sailing - FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER