M/V “Jolly Vanadio” – IU1UDB/MM

Dear Sparks,

following reported by OM Geoff POWELL – M1EDF:

Just received message the above vessel c/s IBHC anchored at Cassellon de la plana I am informed he will email on departure date estimate 2 days , no more information only that op is Alvaro Maria Brignone call sign IU1DUB , see bye . Geoff..




Collision between Ro-Ro ‘Ulysse’ and ‘CLS Virginia’

Dear Sparks,

in the era of High Technologies employed on ship’s bridges we still can assist to these dramatic scenes…what will happen with the next employ of the A.I.???

You can still verify the scenario on

Bunker oil tank breached in collision

In the collision of the ‘Ulysse’ with the ‘CLS Virginia’ a bunker tank of the container ship was breached. Propulsion fuel spread into the sea, causing a pollution of nearly 4 kilometers length and a few hundred meters width. The spill moved away from the coast of Corsica with a drift in northwesterly direction. The Cross Med deployed a team aboard a police helicopter to the site. A second team, composed of experts from the French Navy, boarded the ‘CLS Virginia’ with a Cayman helicopter. The tug ‘Abeille Flandre’ left Villefranche-sur-mer and arrived on site around 3 p.m., followed by the ‘Jason’ in the night. The ‘Ailete’ with a team of experts from CEPPOL will reinforce the forces on Oct 7. Also the French tug ‘Altagna’ joined the scene. The ‘Nos Taurus’ sailed from Livorno, the ‘Bonassola’ from Genova and the ‘Koral’ frm Sardinia. All these ships were equipped with oil booms and skimmers to recover the oil since dawn. Work to separate the ferry from the freighter, both ships lying in pos. 43° 14.99′ N 009° 28.46′ E will be planned further during the day. French report with photo:












A Tunisian roll-on/roll-off ferry, the Ulysses, collided with the Cypriot registered container ship,the CLS Virginia, off Corsica. Picture: Stanislas Gentien/Gendarmerie Nationale/AFPSource:AFP




Marine Communications back to Short Waves

Dear Sparks,

article in French language from facebook account: “Radios du monde” after original article an English translation with Google:

Retour de la marine sur les ondes courtes.
De plus en plus de secteurs se rendent compte à l’usage des ondes courtes, pour remplacer les liaisons satellites, apporte bien des avantages.
Comme nous vous l’avions signalé, le secteur financier en est venu aux transmissions de données point à point sur ondes courtes pour relier les places financières de Francfort et de New-York. Les liaisons satellites et terrestres étant moins rapides (distances plus longues pour le satellite et retard du aux points de présences pour le réseau terrestre).
C’est maintenant le secteur naval qui revient aux ondes courtes pour des raisons de sécurité et de fiabilité : La radio à ondes courtes va être utilisée pour les transmissions de données des navires vers le rivage et entre les navires en tant que service alternatif, voire complémentaire, aux communications par satellite.
Un nouveau réseau est en cours de mise en place, il est dédié à l’Internet des Objets (IoT – Internet of Things) et associé à une sécurité de niveau militaire. Il est destiné exclusivement à la transmission de données et offre un service de messagerie sécurisé qui peut être utilisé globalement, même en l’absence de couverture satellite ou en cas de défaillance du système sur les satellites.
Ce réseau radio à ondes courtes n’a pas la complexité ou les problèmes des communications par satellite, il est constitué d’un maillage de plusieurs stations de base et de terminaux sur les navires.
Contrairement au maillage des GSM, chaque station installée sur un navire devient une station de base et un centre de communications pour l’ensemble du réseau.


Return of the navy on short waves. More and more sectors are realizing the use of shortwave, to replace satellite links, brings many benefits. As we pointed out to you, the financial sector has come to point-to-point, shortwave data transmission to connect the financial centers of Frankfurt and New York. Satellite and terrestrial links are slower (longer distances for the satellite and delay at the presence points for the terrestrial network). It is now the naval sector that returns to shortwave for reasons of safety and reliability: The short-wave radio will be used for transmissions of data from ships to the shore and between ships as an alternative service or even satellite communications. A new network is being set up, dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated with military-level security. It is intended exclusively for data transmission and provides a secure messaging service that can be used globally even in the absence of satellite coverage or in the event of system failure on the satellites. This short wave radio network does not have the complexity or the problems of satellite communications, it consists of a mesh of several base stations and terminals on the ships. Unlike GSM mesh, each station installed on a ship becomes a base station and a communications center for the entire network.

Best regards,