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Enforcing shipping lanes in the English Channel

Enforcing shipping lanes in the English Channel
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Key Info
  • Enforcing shipping lanes in the English Channel
  • Duration: 02:53
  • Modern technology is used to track the movement of ships in the English Channel and reduce the risk of collision. Aerial footage of the English Channel is shown from a Dover Coastguard spotter plane. On a typical day over 400 ships pass through the Strait of Dover. These large cargo ships need to be monitored and keep to specific shipping lanes to ensure the safety of all on board. Animation shows the GPS traces in a 24-hour period. The spotter plane is used to intercept and alert any ships deviating from these lanes. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Geography

       Topic:

    Geographical Skills

  • Keywords: aerial, cargo, coast, coastguard, emergency, English Channel, ferry, GPS, lanes, satellite, sea, service, ship, shipping, technology, tracking, transport, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on transport or a study on risk management. Highlights how satellite technology is used to monitor the movements of ships in the English Channel and reduce the risk of collision.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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