Ship-to-Ship (STS) Meetings

When two ships meet at sea. The encounter might be for fueling, transshipments of cargo such as oil or fish, to change crew, let a pilot on board, and more. Sometimes ships may sail side-by-side for hours, while other times, the interaction may be brief. If transferring cargo or crude, STS meetings may even take days. STS meetings can also be linked to the illegal smuggling of drugs, oil, and trade.