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27 November 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 16:09 GMT+1

May 4, 2020

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With the start of the lockdown, maritime traffic along the coasts Italians has halved

This is highlighted by an analysis of the US HawkEye 360 based satellite detections of radar signals

Within about a week, starting march 10 and 11 when the Italian government adopted and put the measures in place stricter for containment of the Covid-19 pandemic that have greatly reduced the mobility of people and goods, maritime traffic in ports and along the Italian coast has Halved. This was announced by the US HawkEye 360 on the basis of satellite detections of nautical radar signals in X-band which, according to the American company, are the best method to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on activity Italian maritime, system that was used by HawkEye 360 to identify radar points of vessels in navigation within 50 kilometers of the Italian coast.

The US company explained that it had compared the data detected for eleven days in early March, before the lockdown nationwide, with those detected in the eleven days to horse of mid-March, when the block was fully in force. HawkEye 360 highlighted how the comparison maritime activity focused on destinations popular tourist destinations such as Venice and Florence have almost ceased how a significant decline was recorded by the around merchant ports such as Genoa and Gioia Tauro. In according to HawkEye 360, the reduction in activity -51%.

In addition, HawkEye 360 also highlighted the particular significant increase in maritime traffic to coincide with the beginning of the potentially indicative, according to the company, of people who have decided to leave the country for destinations safer tourist settings.

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