After the horse has bolted, Brazil’s Navy locks the stable door

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More than six months after the gigantic oil spill on the Brazilian coast—the causes of which are still unclear—the country’s Navy has introduced a requirement for vessels sailing in the open sea to transmit LRIT (Long Range Identification and Monitoring System) data. 

From now on, passenger and cargo ships are included in this rule, including those classified as high-speed vessels. Multi-use maritime platforms must also carry this type of equipment. Among the objectives of the system is to serve “as an auxiliary tool” in the investigation of accidents. Another Navy requirement in relation to LRIT data is that...

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