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Denmark helps Ghana to become one of the first nations in the world to implement e-navigation

07.02.2018  16:35
Denmark has helped Ghana into the forefront of technological capabilities in the maritime sector. E-navigation will benefit the smallest fishing boats to the largest vessel in avoiding navigational hazards.

Ghana is only the fourth country in the world to introduce the e-navigation as a warning system (after Denmark, France and Canada), thereby leapfrogging into the forefront of use of technology in the maritime domain.

The solution communicates navigational hazards as they happen on a map and by twitter to users of the maritime domain. Denmark has developed the project for Ghana as part of the strategic maritime sector cooperation between the two countries.

Project leader from the Danish Maritime Authority, Dr. Christopher Saarnak, has been impressed with the skill level of his Ghanaian partners and is excited about the prospects of this new technology.

“This e-navigation system will benefit the safety and security of all users of the maritime domain in Ghana – from large commercial vessels to the small fishing boats. The large vessels now get a graphical overview of navigational warnings instantly, rather than decoding endless lines of positions and placing them on maps,” he said.

“For the small vessels, all it will take is one person in the community owning a smartphone to get updates on hazards to their navigation in real time”, Christopher Saarnak continued.

Demonstration of e-navigation
With the Director-General of Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu, and Ambassador of Denmark, Ms. Tove Degnbol, in attendance, Ghana Maritime Authority on presented the first step of Ghana’s new e-navigation solution.

The demonstration simulated the receipt of an intelligence alleging acts of piracy in a given area. Within 60 seconds, this message had entered into the system, communicated by twitter, and shown on the map on a website, warning all mariners to stay well clear of the demarked area.

The system will be undergoing more test, before entering into service in the first half of 2018 with a webpage, twitter account and dedicated app, which will be made available to the wider community.