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The journey before the bust
Maritime security

The journey before the bust

On August 8th, Spanish joint forces of police and customs intercepted the general cargo ship NATALIA on suspicion of narcotics trafficking. The ship was en route from Lebanon via Iskenderun, Turkey to Lagos, Nigeria. Hidden on board was nearly 20 tons of hashish. We alerted our EU partners of this vessel’s behavior and high-risk patterns….

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Old vs new tankers risk blog
Maritime compliance

Vessel age and sanctions risk: The truth is out

In a recent TradeWinds article, Frontline’s interim CEO, Lars Barstad, reported that a quarter of older tankers are at high sanctions risk. To understand why, he explained the involvement of these 15-year-old tankers in carrying sanctioned Venezuelan or Iranian crude. According to VesselsValue, there are 368 tankers of at least 15 years old and 120,000…

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The facts behind the hijacking in the Gulf of Oman
Maritime compliance

The facts behind the headlines: Uncovering the full story with AI

On August 3rd, news hit of the involvement of six tankers in a maritime incident in the Gulf of Oman. One of the tankers was hijacked. Tensions have been brewing in the Gulf throughout 2021. And this recent incident highlights the increasing threat in one of the world’s most important oil shipping routes. The six tankers…

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Windward Portal
Windward

The Windward Portal: Overcoming compliance checks to boost business

Compliance is high-stakes. Any risk activity that goes undetected can implicate your business in sanctions and jeopardize business opportunities. In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, it’s no small feat to ensure compliance monitoring is up to standards. Windward’s new portal helps you maximize success without exposing your business to risk. Why is compliance such a…

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Not all dark activities are created equal
Maritime compliance

Not all dark activities are created equal: Masterclass highlights

How does the duration of dark activity impact risk? Should the location of the dark activity raise a red flag? These are some of the questions we tackle in our latest masterclass, Tanker Tricks and Deep Dark Activity.  Dror Salzman, a Product Manager at Windward, says that context is crucial in detecting new typologies and…

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Measuring false positives
Maritime compliance

Measuring false positives and what they mean for your business

Financial institutions have very little room for error. Mistakes are costly, so a more risk-averse approach to transaction screening and compliance can seem like the better business decision. But traditional technologies trigger too many investigations – stunting growth and business. In this blog, we’ll explain how maritime AI can help diminish the number of false…

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container insights
Windward

Container monitoring: The risk headache for financial institutions

According to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the amount of illicit money laundered through international trade is on the rise. While financial institutions have picked up their efforts to manage this risk, document verification is still a challenge. Identifying fictitious documents and false invoicing to facilitate trade-based money laundering (TBML) is a complex task…

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Introducing company risk by Windward
Windward

Introducing company risk by Windward

Due diligence processes can be both timely and resource-intensive. Stakeholders need to accurately evaluate the potential costs and threats involved in a transaction or trade, but this can prove difficult without a comprehensive overview of the relevant risk factors. While some organizations may use vessel information or sanctions screening, it’s simply not enough to keep…

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The green effect: emission visibility as a competitive advantage
Executive education

The green effect: Emission visibility as a competitive advantage

Decarbonization efforts have been trending in the news lately. But for industries like shipping, the attention is primarily on regulators. Why? Shipping and the stakeholders involved are global and out of scope for nation-by-nation policies. The IMO (international marine organization) has stepped in to try and provide a standard for the industry. However, waiting for…

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Staying ahead of Myanmar sanctions
Maritime compliance

Staying ahead of Myanmar sanctions: The 48 vessels no one is looking at

On February 1st, Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup d’état. Following the military coup, the United States, EU, UK, and Canada announced targeted economic sanctions against the country’s military leaders and a handful of military-held companies. And the list of targets is bound to grow.   In this developing situation, behavioral vessel risk intelligence is…

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The early warning signs of an oil spill: the facts uncovered
Windward

The early warning signs of an oil spill: The facts uncovered

The oil spills that we are familiar with today and that have caught global attention were primarily due to major accidents involving refineries, pipelines, and storage facilities. But smaller-scale spills that occur as a result of ship-to-ship transfers are often overlooked. These events can have an equally significant impact on the entire marine ecosystem. In…

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GNS manipulation & the illusion of knowledge
Maritime innovation

GNSS manipulation & the illusion of knowledge

The emergence of GNSS manipulation In April 2021, Windward uncovered the first known case of orchestrated Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) manipulation off the Caribbean Islands. This discovery is a landmark moment in global maritime security, signaling that bad actors have now attained technologies and know-how enabling them to co-opt electronic warfare manipulations that up until now…

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