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Fighting false positives with domain expertise

False positives are a heavy burden on business. Unfortunately, they are often simply accepted as part of the job of conducting due diligence. But there is a lot that can be done to fight false positives and boost business. When screening vessels, one of the best ways to do this is by applying domain expertise…

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EOLIKA – the facts behind the bust

On January 18th 2022, news hit of the Senegalese customs seizing three containers of ammunition aboard the Guyana-flagged cargo ship EOLIKA (IMO 8214968). Authorities estimated the value of the seized goods at $5.2 million for the three containers. While illicit trade of ammunition and small weapons is considered a small-in-size market and not the primary…

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Windward and Sea
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Sea/ and Windward partner to improve efficiency during pre-fixture negotiations

We are proud to announce that Sea/, an end-to-end digital shipping platform, recently chose to partner with Windward to improve pre-fixture negotiations. We sat down with Alex Gray, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Sea/, to learn more about this exciting partnership and understand how Windward’s AI platform is working to empower their clients. What is…

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Maritime trends
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4 maritime trends to watch in 2022

The need for maritime technology companies is growing fast, driven by uncertainties over supply chain dislocations and heightened risk exposure. Ships are getting larger through economies of scale, which increases the risk as asset values rise simultaneously. Threats are also becoming more complex. Information-oriented companies are now employing sophisticated tracking and data monitoring systems to…

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Supply chain trends
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Supply chain trends that will matter in 2022

According to a December Wall Street Journal article, in 2021, the ports of LA and Long Beach handled 21% more import containers between Jan. and Sept. than the same period in 2019. And at the time of the article, there was still a line of nearly 90 ships waiting to unload their cargoes in Southern California….

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Product updates
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2021 product updates

We’ve all seen terms like “advanced analytics” or “entity resolution” but what do these features really mean for your business? It’s not uncommon to come across a long list of “differentiators,” usually in the form of buzzword tech features that sound attractive but don’t always show in results. This is why at Windward, we care…

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Windward IPO
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A letter from our founders: Windward is now a public company!

On December 6, Windward reached a major milestone when the company went public on the London Stock Exchange. And as exciting as it is, we believe that we are still only a fraction of the way done in everything we hope to achieve as a company. Why? We firmly believe that Maritime AI will make…

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2021 trends
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2021 wrapped: Data-backed maritime trends of the year

In 2020, regulators set the bar high. Stakeholders across the shipping industry had to be more stringent and so bad actors turned up their tactics. The result was new and better methods of sanctions evasion in 2021. We’ve been following it all and sharing our insights along the way. In case you missed it, here…

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Maritime risk in numbers
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A year in review: 2021 maritime risk insights

2021 was a busy year for maritime. Bad actors turned up the heat with new tactics, tricks, and practices. Thanks to Maritime AI, our system sorted through hundreds of data points to pinpoint the most relevant risk events of 2021. And we’ve summarized it all right here. More often than not, risk is over-accounted for….

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Maritime insights
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How to mitigate trade finance risks with maritime insights

Can you pinpoint what your maritime risk exposure is? For most banks, this is a common blind spot. In a 4-part masterclass hosted by VRS, Tim Aquino, a Solutions Expert at Windward, sat down with Oonagh van den Berg and other industry experts to discuss how maritime insights can be the critical link to staying ahead…

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Emissions reduction targets
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3 ways to get shipping on track to emission reduction targets: Lessons from COP26

During the ICS event in Glasgow, our team quickly understood how the industry feels about the impending emission reduction targets set by the IMO. Overall, there was a sense of determination to change and achieve, in some cases, even exceed the goals. The attendees announced net-zero plans, making it clear that the shipping industry is…

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Solving the AIS data problem
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Solving the AIS data availability problem

The maritime industry is all too familiar with AIS (Automatic Identification System) transmission gaps. Literally and figuratively, these gaps leave stakeholders in the dark. To manage risk in this environment, maritime professionals look to AIS data providers. But having the right data points is only half the battle. Aggregating them in a meaningful way is…

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