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Grace 1
Maritime compliance

The Multinational Story Behind the Grace1

This is part 3 of the Sanctions Series, for more insights, read part 1 and part 2 and part 4. Panamanian flag, Singaporean manager, Iranian oil: six words and three countries that tell the multinational story of the Grace 1, the oil tanker detained in Gibraltar by the UK earlier this week for violating EU…

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Maritime innovation

Looking Beyond AIS

Countries, financial institutions, and maritime insurers rely on the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to maintain awareness of vessel traffic so they can preserve proper use of the maritime corridors and reduce illicit activities that harm the global community. But AIS represents only a fraction of the total radio frequency (RF) energy generated by vessels. AIS…

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Maritime safety

Frequent Exposure: Gulf Maritime Safety

In the early hours of June 13, the tankers FRONT ALTAIR and KOKUKA COURAGEOUS, were damaged while exiting the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz. The United States said it was sabotage, the result of a deliberately planned attack by Iran, because of U.S. sanctions (Washington also blamed Tehran for the previous month’s attack on…

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Maritime compliance

The Pacific Bravo, Iranian oil and the 14 Other Vessels Doing the Same

This is the story of the Pacific Bravo. You know – the 18-year old, Liberian-flagged VLCC oil tanker reportedly carrying Iranian oil, in breach of U.S. sanctions. It was said to be bound for Hong Kong, but is now sailing due southeast off the west coast of Indonesia. It’s caused a bit of a stir…

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Data science
Maritime innovation

Unlocking the Full Value of Maritime Data Science

After a slow start in a notoriously conservative industry, the speed of adoption of data science and data-driven decision making has accelerated in the maritime industry over the past couple of years. Indeed, when it comes to the availability and analysis of global spatial data, the industry is arguably far ahead of land-based freight transportation….

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Marine Chronometer
Maritime innovation

Maritime Tech: Sea-ing the Future

We all get excited by what new technology can do: our expectations are raised and we become keen to experiment. Frequently, though, businesses aren’t fully ready to go through the process of adoption. So are we viewing technology in the wrong way – taking a solution and searching for the problem, or – even worse…

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Dark Activity in the Hormuz Starit 2018-2019
Maritime compliance

Navigating new maritime sanctions compliance requirements

This blog post is based on the executive summary of the whitepaper “Uncharted Waters: Navigating New Maritime Sanctions Compliance Requirements” published by Windward and Wiggin & Dana LLP Iranian oil is now radioactive. As of May 2, any country, individual, energy trader, financial institution, vessel, port authority, bunkering provider, or other party consuming or facilitating…

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Oil Tanker
Maritime compliance

The Data Science of Compliance

This is part 1 of the Sanctions Series, for more insights, read part 2, part 3 and part4. If it feels like groundhog day, you’re probably not alone. On May 2, U.S. sanctions on Tehran will again take center stage as waivers on imports of Iranian oil expire. But although on the surface it may…

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Fast Yacht
Maritime safety

Faster Underwriting

In a recent survey, 75% of marine underwriters said if they had immediate access to all the data they needed they would make faster decisions. That’s almost double the number that would choose to investigate risks more or invest more in broker relationships. Why such need for speed? To answer that question let’s take a…

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P. Pioneer Tanker
Maritime compliance

DPRK Sanctions: The S. Korean Connection

This is part 2 of the Sanctions Series, for more insights, read part 1, part 3, and part 4.  The timing was excellent – or unfortunate – depending on your perspective. Just a week before South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, jets to Washington to talk DPRK denuclearization, it was reported that a South Korean oil…

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Maritime security

Something Smells Fishy…

Combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is inherently a big data challenge. Billions of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) messages from tens of thousands of active vessels must be sorted and examined to find the few vessels that are likely to be committing illicit activity.3 On top of that, data…

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Elhiblu 1
Maritime security

Migrant Ship Hijacking Raises Questions

It’s a Mediterranean migrant rescue that went off-script. According to reports, the Palau-flagged tanker “Elhiblu 1” picked up the migrants off the coast of Libya. It was heading towards Tripoli when the rescued migrants apparently hijacked the vessel, turned it around and headed for Malta. But that’s not quite the full story. A Windward analysis…

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