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Anchors in the storm

Netflix said it best: Death to 2020. This time last year, we were looking towards the decade ahead, with personal goals, business aspirations and product developments.  A quick look at my calendar reminded me of a meeting with a strategic partner that took place on January 29th, 2020; COVID was just starting to dominate the…

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Maritime innovation

Unveiling the mystery of Machine Learning

Machine Learning (ML) has been a buzzword in the technological space for years; The idea of a machine improving itself over time, recognizing patterns, and aiding its human counterparts appeals to many industries.  With machine learning, businesses and organizations across a broad scope of industries will be able to analyze larger quantities of data and…

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Maritime compliance

Webinar: Maritime trading and risk analysis in a volatile market

The Venezuelan oil industry, which once served as the country’s major financial resource, is now under additional pressure. Sanctions imposed on the country severely limited its ability to trade the crude oil on which it relied for economic growth. As a result, more and more Venezuelan oil tankers were found to be violating sanctions.  Normally…

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Maritime safety

AIS spoofing: new technologies for new threats

The global landscape is continually shifting, and with it, the reliance on best in class technological innovations.  Businesses and organizations that want to protect their assets and operations need to ensure that they utilize the most advanced technological innovations to do so while driving efficiencies, and staying ahead of new evasion tactics, such as AIS…

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Interior motives: Inside Cargo Insights for global oil flows
Maritime compliance

Interior motives: Inside Cargo Insights for global oil flows

Maintaining business velocity and customer satisfaction while meeting regulator due diligence expectations is a growing challenge Know Your Vessel –  KYV, screening processes lacking cargo information are exposing companies to sanctions compliance risks Independent sources of cargo information have become indispensable to see through deceptive shipping practices such as false shipping documents and AIS manipulation…

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Revealing dark port calls
Maritime innovation

Revealing dark port calls

AIS disablement is the #1 method that criminals use to conceal illicit activities and port calls Dark Activity (DA) insights enables 10X more efficient investigations of AIS disablement events To see through deceptive shipping practices and overcome the limitations of vessel tracking organizations are turnings to AI tools fusing multiple sources of data AIS data…

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Maritime innovation

Uncover secrets in plain sight

It is relatively easy to see something and understand it. But what about what you cannot see? Today, businesses and organizations need to strengthen their ability to see all elements that impact their businesses, and as a result, need to find new ways to uncover what is hidden in plain sights. This is the only…

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Maritime compliance

Revealing risk through insights into ship-to-ship cargo transfers

The interwoven global tanker trade – A Venezuela case study This case study brings together Windward intelligence and Vortexa data on maritime risk factors, ship-to-ship (STS) meetings, dark movements, vessel specifics and cargo flows to examine the risk posed to the global maritime fleet of association with the Venezuelan oil trade. We illustrate that sanctions do…

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Maritime innovation

AI driven digital transformation of maritime and trade

AI in shipping – how new technology is creating a paradigm shift  The maritime and trade ecosystem is experiencing a paradigm shift brought about by the adoption of innovative AI-driven technologies. As a result of the integration of AI, every business and organization that is part of the wider ecosystem will drastically change in the…

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Maritime innovation

Changing the maritime industry – as easy as riding a bike?

Everyone has something they want to do but never did. It could be as small as learning how to play an instrument or as large as moving across the world and changing life paths. For me, it was somewhere in the middle – it was learning how to ride a bike.   While they say riding…

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Windward Executive Brief #3
Executive education

Executive brief #3 From AIS screening to behavior analysis

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) has profoundly changed our understanding of what is happening at sea, providing a deeper understanding of where ships are and where they are headed at all times. However, what AIS does not answer is: What is the ship doing? Why is it doing that? What is its importance? A skilled…

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Executive education

Trends in sanctions compliance for shipping

Growing trade sanctions and evolving regulator expectations are driving a revolution in global standards when it comes to compliance for shipping. We recently hosted the first Windward Executive education series to discuss the new shipping and maritime guidance advisories and the impact on compliance and regulation changes.  Over 1,100  executives and analysts from over 466…

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