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Satellites guide ships in ice waters through the cloud

07 November 2017

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In late August, the 60 m-long US Coast Guard Cutter Maple completed its navigation through the Arctic's ice-ridden Northwest Passage. While this was not the first time ships had taken this route, it was the first time that the International Ice Patrol had provided iceberg information based exclusively on satellite imagery.

Established in 1914 in response to the sinking of the Titanic, the US Coast Guard International Ice Patrol (IIP) monitors iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean for shipping safety.

Source: ESA

Image credit: Polar TEP - The US Coast Guard Cutter Maple being escorted by Canadian Coast Guard Ship Terry Fox.

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