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According with International Maritime Organization (IMO), Shipping is the most international of all the world's great industries. In fact a huge number of vessels moves around the world each day, making the efficiency, safety and optimization of marine transportation key issues.
GNSS technology will be fundamental for bringing innovation and progress in navigation and many other marine activities such as fishing, oceanography and oil and gas exploitation. Satellite navigation benefits all maritime applications, including leisure boats, commercial vessels, and unregulated and Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulated ships. Each application will take advantage of the new characteristics offered by GNSS augmentation: increased accuracy and integrity, certified services and high availability.
GNSS will be used in every phase of marine navigation: ocean, coastal, port approach and port manoeuvres, under all weather conditions.
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