Globalization and world trade relies upon marine transport. With approximately 90% of global trade being carried by sea, sustainable development and economic growth depend upon marine transportation. The marine transportation industry must deliver goods reliably and efficiently while  managing  crew safety, security issues, navigation of busy shipping lanes and risks of environmental damage.

Proper management of marine transport relies on Earth observation data. Earth observations can provide information for the industry including real-time monitoring of tides and water levels and short-term forecasts of winds and currents that can help protect the safety of crews and reduce damage to environmentally sensitive areas.

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