Advancing the art of Navigation




The Royal Institute of Navigation is a British institution devoted to the art and science of navigation established in 1947. Its aims are to bring navigators together, to develop navigational techniques and to increase public awareness of navigation. It is based in Kensington, London. It was granted its Royal Charter in 2007.


Since the 1970s, RIN working parties have published reports on navigation and safety issues, covering topics from the importance of traffic separation and collision prevention in the maritime environment to fuel reserves in aircraft. As the Institute's focus broadened it organises conferences to discuss these issues at national and  international level. 

Navigation is a roving animal with the development of Loran, then in 1978 the launch of the first GPS satellite. Such developments challenged the very idea of a Royal Institute of Navigation. This is because position-finding is now a relatively automated function. 


In 1984, a 'Way Ahead Group' appointed by the RIN Council recommended several crucial additions to its profile, including the creation of Special Interest Groups and the launch of a newsletter. The newsletter became Navigation News.

These developments allied to a determination to embrace global satellite navigation systems and information technology as important elements in modern navigation, helped the RIN become a 21st century organisation.


Between 1984-1994, the Institute ran a series of larger European conferences and added more and more Special Interest Groups to its portfolio, including the Land Navigation and Location Group and the Navigation on Foot Group, to reflect the growth in popularity of navigation hobbies such as geocaching, hill walking and orienteering. 

The creation of a range of competitions helped the Institute attract younger members and, more recently, they have added significant numbers of university students to their membership. 






The RIN has three stated main aims:

1. To unite all those with a professional or personal interest in any aspect of navigation in one unique body.
2. To further the development of navigation in every sphere.
3. To increase public awareness of the art and science of navigation.

In order to achieve its aims, the RIN:

Operates a range of events via Special Interest Groups and regional Branches.

Runs targeted events and international conferences, highlighting the hot issues, the best research and leading activity in the navigation industry and works closely with international bodies including the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN), the European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to determine policy and best practice in the world of navigation.

Houses the Cundall Library of Navigation - the UK's leading navigation-specific library of books and resources - which is open to the public, and from which, unfortunately, only members can borrow.


The process of evolution continues today. In 2002 the RIN made its first appearance on the internet, and its website has been consistently popular ever since as a source of news for everyone with an interest in navigation.


In 2004, the Council began investigating ways to provide members with legal protection. Three years later, to mark its 60th anniversary in 2007, the Institute changed its status once again, as it had to mark its 25th. It gained a Royal Charter, becoming an 'incorporated body' just after the stroke of midnight on January 1 2007. In the wake of the change, the Institute developed a new logo and website for the 21st Century.



The Institute's affairs are overseen by an elected President, Officers and Council. Council is made up of Trustees and ex officio representatives from the services, Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority. 

The Council is based at the RIN headquarters, within the Royal Geographical Society building in London. The Council has three main Committees - Technical, Membership & Fellowship, and Finance. The Technical Committee includes members from most or all of the Institute's Special Interest Groups. 

President - C M D Beatty 

Vice Presidents - Capt JB Taylor OBE RN & Prof A P Norris

Treasurer - D Cockburn

Chairman of the Technical Committee - Dr S Basker

Chairman of the Membership & Fellowship Committee - Wg Cdr J W Lindsay RAF

Other members of the Council:

I C Benham
Sqn Ldr J Cairns RAF
Lt Cdr F A Egeland-Jensen RN 
Dr R Filjar 
Lt Cdr S E Gaskin RN
Dr N D Hughes OBE 
R A McKinlay
Prof T Moore 
Ms M M G M von Wendland 
Capt R J Wild 

Director - Capt P Chapman-Andrews LVO MBE RN
















The Royal Institute of Navigation
1 Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 3134
Fax: +44 (0)20 7591 3131


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Sally-Anne Cooke  -  Conference and Events Manager

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Together with the MOD’s Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory and Scottish Enterprise, TSB are investing up to £8m in collaborative R&D and fast-track projects to deliver viable solutions for more efficient marine vessels. It is not really a competition, which suggests a prize. It is a sweetener for existing business to invest in high risk projects that would otherwise not get the go ahead.

They are looking for UK businesses – from inside and outside the industry – to develop solutions covering many aspects of efficiency in existing and future ships, boats, submarines, and their associated equipment and systems.

TSB are seeking innovative proposals that address the issues of improving current vessel performance and efficiency, but at the same time attract projects for future vessel design, coatings and propulsion systems.

The competition is also aiming to build collaboration across the maritime and marine industry, and develop UK-based supply chains and SMEs to underpin a national Strategy for Growth.

Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. TSB would like to see micro and small businesses involved. We expect to invest between £500k and £3m per project, although projects outside this range will be considered.

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Competition opens 14 January 2013
Briefing event 22 January 2013
Registration deadline 20 February 2013 noon
Expressions of interest (EOI) deadline 27 February 2013 noon
Stage 2 opens for invited applicants 18 March 2013
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