eLoran for Russian Arctic?
UK and Russia are cooperating in navigation technology to improve safety on new high Arctic routes.
Shipping through the Northern Sea Route, north of Russia, has quadrupled over the past year, according to the Northern Sea Route Administration - reducing shipping times between Asia and Europe by around a third.
But, whilst new routes also avoid issues with territorial disagreements and pirate threats, the increase in shipping traffic is adding to safety risks in the Arctic - along with hazards such as ice cover, unpredictable weather and reduced availability of GNSS.
Hence the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland (GLAs) are working with Russia's Internavigation Research and Technical Centre (IRTC) to develop interoperable and resilient position, navigational and timing (PNT) technologies - in particular the eLoran system that the GLAs are rolling out across the UK.
Russia has its own version of eLoran - eChayka - and the new partnership will see both countries working together on standardising the systems. Both share high power pulses centred on 100 kHz - totally independent of - and complementary to - GNSS.
Institute Fellow Martin Bransby, Research and Radionavigation manager at the GLAs, commented: 'Resilient PNT is increasingly accepted as requisite to shipping safety around the world. The GLAs are recognised as technical leaders in this field, and it’s of paramount importance that we collaborate with other leading nations to encourage worldwide excellence in shipping navigation safety and efficiency.'
Dr Victor Tsarev, DG IRTC added 'There are many technical areas of mutual interest for the development of eLoran and eChayka for which a future exchange of information and technical cooperation will be beneficial for both parties.'
Details from IET below.