Dark Shipping News
Nov 1, 2023
Horizon Technologies Awarded with $1.3 Million Grant by UK Space Agency to Support Dark Vessel Detection Mission "Phoenix"
The "Amber Phoenix" Mission will gain another RF (Radio Frequency) EO payload in mid-2024, which will support the network of satellites looking to enhance the UK's maritime domain capabilities.
“Tracking vessels attempting to avoid detection is a complex challenge, but one that Horizon Technologies can help solve with their ground-breaking technology."
Oct 1, 2023
Philippines to Use Canadian Satellites to Combat Dark Shipping
Canada to provide satellites to PH maritime authorities to help locate, identify, and bring down dark shipping organizations operating across the country.
Sep 8, 2023
Nearly 1 Million Barrels of Sanctioned Iranian Crude Seized by US Government
A multi-million dollar shipment of sanctioned crude was captured by the US justice department - the first criminal resolution for the new sanctions on Iran.
Jul 14, 2023
Identified: Top 10 Dark Shipping Companies Moving Russian Oil throughout Trade Sanctions
Ship managers in India, the UAE, Hong Kong, and China are leading the charge in the profitable trade of Russian oil despite international sanctions. This article identifies the 10 key companies with dark fleets involved in the high risk, high reward operations.
Jul 13, 2023
An Ever-Evolving List of Dark Shipping Organizations Trading Russian Oil
The active list of organizations and dark ships involved in the trade of sanctioned Russian oil has continuously changed since the beginning of 2022 - including Gatik, one of the most recognized names in dark shipping today.
May 31, 2023
Infographic Describing Russia's Role in the Growth of Dark Shipping
International sanctions on Russia have led to a massive uptick in dark ship-to-ship transfers at sea - most often involving ships moving Russian oil.
May 31, 2023
Large Ship Losses Down While Dark Fleet Grows: A Questionable Future Ahead
Does the growing global dark fleet threaten maritime safety and legitimate trade? Experts weigh-in with their thoughts on the risks associated with expanding dark shipping organizations.
May 25, 2023
How One Ship's AIS Data Was Intentionally Spoofed to Form a Military "Z" - A Russian Pro-War Symbol
UK officials believe that AIS spoofers intentionally manipulated AIS tracks to form a Russian Military "Z" in the Black Sea - a pro-war symbol used by the Russian military that has now been appropriated by pro-Putin civilians. Officials believe that the spoofing incident was used as a moral-boosting tactic amidst the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
May 19, 2023
Vessel Safety Inspections Rising in China as the Global Dark Fleet Continues to Grow
As the global dark fleet grows amidst restrictions on Russian oil, vessel safety is becoming a primary cause for concern. Local maritime authorities in China are now carrying out enhanced safety inspections on vessels more than 15 years old after two vessels, one of which was carrying Russian oil, had trouble offloading cargo at the port of Qingdao.
May 18, 2023
Maritime Authorities from the US, UK, and Other Countries Call for Action Against Unregulated Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers at Sea
Countries are calling for increased monitoring and action against illicit ship-to-ship oil transfers at sea as fears grow over environmental ramifications. Unregulated oil transfers undermine international maritime law and threaten global efforts to mitigate shipping pollution.
May 10, 2023
Sea Shepherd to Send Ship to Tuvalu to Help Maritime Authorities with IUU Fishing Enforcement
Sea Shepherd signs noteworthy memorandum with the government of Tuvalu, vowing to send a ship to the island nation to support authorities with IUU fishing tasks.
Feb 15, 2023
UK Maritime Insurance Company Accused of Allowing Fishing Vessels to Operate as Dark Ships
Controversy ensues over EU-flagged fishing vessels breaching international and EU flag laws by going dark while in operation, particularly in the Indian Ocean.
Feb 7, 2023
Iran's Ghost Fleet Shifts to Trading Russian Oil
At least 16 vessels from Iran's ghost fleet have moved to Russian crude, as the premium on Russian trade soars to around 150% of normal market rates.
Feb 3, 2023
Dark Fleet Trading Russian Oil Continues to Grow, Reaching Approximately 600 Tankers
The fleet of oil tankers operating as dark ships to trade Russian oil continues to grow, with estimates showing approximately 20% of the global fleet shifting from mainstream trades to Russian oil.
Jan 25, 2023
Reutech Develops Navigation Radar Receiver that Can Detect Dark Ships Not Transmitting AIS Data
The new technology developed by Reutech can passively detect dark ships not transmitting radar or AIS data, unlike traditional radars that need an active signal to identify.
Jan 23, 2023
Researchers Identify "Highly-Vulnerable" Location where an Oil Spill Could Severely Disrupt the Global Energy Supply
Researchers identify area in Qatar where an oil spill could disrupt an already volatile energy supply chain. Over 20% of the global LNG supply is shipped from a single port on the country's peninsula.
Jan 20, 2023
Shipping Industry Still Struggling to Implement Green Fuels to Reduce Environmental Impacts of Global Trade
The shipping industry is still far from finding a "true" green fuel solution on the journey to decarbonization. With maritime trade accounting for around 3% of the world's carbon emissions, the time for change is now.
Jan 20, 2023
IMO Finds a Lack of Awareness on Flag Hopping and a General Indifference of Opinion on the Matter in Latest Maritime Survey
The results from one of IMOs latest surveys shows that many in the industry lack knowledge on the issue of flag hopping and other illicit activity that threatens the integrity of the maritime industry as a whole.
Jan 15, 2023
Barbados Flag Targeted by Iranian-Backed Dark Fleets (Flag Hopping)
Barbados continues to remain a target of flag-hopping dark fleets, particularly from Iranian-linked organizations.
Jan 10, 2023
Growing Russian Dark Fleets Impose Severe Sanctions Compliance Challenges for the West
The dark fleets responsible for the majority of Russian sanctions circumvention may be growing, according to numerous sources. Cargo includes everything from sanctioned oil to weapons - providing additional strength and resources to powerful Russian forces.