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Maritime safety

No Such Thing as a Silver Bullet

Here’s a question you don’t get asked every day: what have werewolves and the Lloyd’s marine insurance combined ratio got in common? Well, aside from both being the stuff of nightmares, legend has it they can each be brought down by a silver bullet. While we can’t speak for werewolves, we don’t believe there is…

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Maritime compliance

DPRK Sanctions Evasion: Evolving Tactics

It was a cool, clear January night in the middle of the East China Sea. Gentle waves lapped against the hull of the Dominica-flagged ‘Yuk Tung’. For miles all around there was nothing – nothing except for the designated North Korean tanker, ‘Rye Song Gang 1,’ with whom it was conducting a transhipment of petroleum…

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Windward

Sea: The Future 2019

It surely can’t be a coincidence that some 70% of the human body is made up of water, and that about the same proportion of the planet is covered in it. There is something primal and natural about our relationship with the sea. We sail it to explore “new” lands and to trade. We fish…

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Maritime safety

P&I: A Time of Renewal

It happens every year. Due diligence is carried out across the continent. Management deliberates. And – ultimately – vast sums of money change hands. This may sound like European football’s transfer window, but I am of course talking about P&I (protection & indemnity) renewal season. It’s of course a little bit more complicated than choosing…

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Maritime security

Get Man & Machine to Communicate Better

One after another, they made their way to the stage. Dressed in their crisp, naval uniforms, men and women from some of the world’s most powerful maritime nations ascended to the lectern. Looked out to the audience. And spoke about interoperability and its critical role for the success of maritime security operations. To be sure,…

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Maritime safety

The Kerch Explosion and Dynamic Data

If you could choose any two ships destined to be involved in a serious incident, you would do well to pick the Candy and the Maestro. The two tankers, which were involved in an explosion and fire that killed more than a dozen crew in the Kerch Strait, are in the top 2% of the…

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Maritime safety

Chronicle of a Grounding Foretold

It could be a world record. Seventy-one days in detention for a vessel is the shipping equivalent of death row. That the Kuzma Minin was then reprieved, and allowed to set sail again, only to run aground off the southwest coast of England less than two weeks later, would seem to many to be unforgivable…

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Maritime safety

Windward’s Paris MoU Campaign

New Year’s Eve is back on! The Paris MoU – following the launch of our campaign – may partially reverse its decision to restrict access to its data feed from January 1. As our CEO wrote in TradeWinds, this would seem like a victory for maritime safety and security, and for common sense. But the…

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Maritime innovation

You Remind Me of a Vessel I Once Knew

Picture this: you’re in a crowded bar. You see an old friend you haven’t seen in ages. You call out her name. You walk up to her. And then it hits you: this person is a complete stranger; she just looks like your old friend. People looking similar to other people is not uncommon –…

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Maritime safety

Iron Man versus Terminator

If the machines were to attempt a takeover one day, I’d like to think that technology controlled by humans would still be able to win the day; that our Iron Man suits would be more than a match for the Terminators seeking our destruction. When it comes to marine insurance, there are similar – though…

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Maritime security

The Devil Finds Work for Idle Ships

Shipping is an expensive business. Costs for things like fuel, crews, port fees and maintenance can add up to millions of dollars. To be profitable, a ship has to be run as efficiently as possible. If it isn’t, it may indicate the vessel is making money illegally; or that it’s vulnerable to being exploited by…

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Maritime innovation

The Pursuit of APIness

If you use the Internet, you will, at some point, have come across an Application Programming Interface, or API. Tech companies – from FAANG-sized behemoths to one-man-band tiddlers – use them internally (to ingest data, share it with partners and make their in-house workflows more efficient); and in their products for customers (e.g. Gmail’s API…

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