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AIS Spoofing
Maritime safety

AIS spoofing: new technologies for new threats

AIS spoofing is the deliberate use of AIS manipulation and it is the latest method bad actors have developed to get away with illicit activity. It’s so effective for evading detection — that without strong technology it can easily go under the radar.  How AIS goes from friend to foe When originally developed, Automatic Identification…

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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

How dark activity insights reduce investigation time

Dark activity can be tricky to decipher. With thousands of daily AIS gaps, identifying true risk can take extensive resources and time. With Windward’s dark activity insights, our customers don’t get flooded with alerts or confusing data. In this blog, I’ll walk through just how this works and why detecting high-risk dark activity doesn’t have…

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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) transfers, 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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Maritime innovation

The time for digitalization

The maritime industry cannot avoid digitalization for much longer.  The recent global pandemic alongside the new sanctions advisories has led the shipping industry to a tipping point necessitating new ways of operation and management.   The need for digitalization in maritime is not a new topic; The International Union of Marine Insurance’s (IUMI) created the data…

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Maritime innovation

A primer for a profitable and sustainable maritime business

by Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Richard Watson, University of Georgia, Chye Poh Chua, ShipsFocus Group, David Levy, OrbitMI, Socrates Theodossiou, Tototheo Maritime, Omer Primor, Windward, Alexio Picco, Circletouch There are two key measures central to transforming the maritime industry to increase its sustainability and profitability. In this article, we introduce both of…

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Maritime compliance

‘Going dark’ is so 2019

Movies have taught us that, when looking to achieve an investigative breakthrough and capture a bad-guy, it is necessary to track their phones. Movies have also taught us that the bad guys know that, and they often adapt their ways, trying to throw the good-guys off their tail.  The ocean is no different than a…

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