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The Aquarius2: What’s in a Flag?

They gathered in their thousands, throughout France. Many wore orange, the colour of life-vests. Some carried placards saying: “We’re not the pirates,” “Saving lives: A duty not a crime,” and – more explicitly – ”Save the Aquarius.” Their ultimate aim was to persuade European governments to provide a new flag for the Aquarius, which is…

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Maritime safety

Using AI to Predict Cargo Related Losses

More than 250 billion spam emails are sent each day. Yet only a fraction get through. The vast majority are automatically dumped in the inbox trash. On the face of it, that doesn’t have much to do with predicting cargo losses at sea. Go a little deeper, though, and we can see that the machine…

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Maritime security

Catching Smugglers

Shipping has underpinned international trade for millennia. Even today, more than 90% of world trade travels by sea, everything from coal to cobalt to cars. Of the hundreds of thousands of vessels out there, only a handful are involved in illicit activities. They do so because the economic incentives for, say, smuggling are enormous. The…

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Maritime safety

Super Models for Marine Insurers

James Bond must be an insurer’s nightmare. He drives fast. Ignores signals. Seldom sleeps. And has a tendency to be shot at. Claims, if not total write-offs, would seem inevitable. Yet for all his faults, whoever insures 007 will be acutely aware of the risks they’re underwriting. After all, we all drive cars, and can…

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Maritime safety

How Actuaries Became Data Scientists

Tell someone at a dinner party you’re an actuary, and you may as well spike their salad with chloroform. Tell them you’re a data scientist, though, and they’ll be lapping up every word you say. Which is strange, because the two professions have much in common, especially when it comes to Insurtech. Actuarial work was,…

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Maritime security

The Aquarius and What it Means for EU Migrant Flows

At first glance, it was the same old story: hundreds of migrants fleeing poverty and conflict in the Middle East and Africa try to sail to Europe and a new life. Except, this time was different. As the Aquarius headed towards Italy with its cargo of human misery, permission to dock was declined. Malta also…

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Maritime innovation

Talking about the Weather

When chatting with a Brit, there are few better ways to break the ice than talking about the weather. According to one report, almost ALL Britons admit to having conversed about it in the past six hours. For Windward, though, the weather is something that, until recently, had been missing from our conversation. This might…

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