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Mar 19, 2024

Dark Fleet Tanker Carrying Sanctioned Russian Crude Collides with Unnamed Vessel in Denmark

The Andromeda Star, a 15-year-old tanker that was sold to unnamed buyers 4 months ago, collided with another vessel off the coast of Denmark, which reportedly was the result of a Dark Shipping accident. The event capitalized fears surrounding the dark fleets carrying Russian oil through the Danish Straits - further accentuating the importance of identifying and monitoring dark ships.

Dark Fleet Tanker Carrying Sanctioned Russian Crude Collides with Unnamed Vessel in Denmark

Feb 1, 2024

Flag-Hopping Dark Fleet Sparks Calls for Oversight Crackdowns by the IMO

Ships flying fake flags, a tactic also known as "flag hopping," threatens the maritime domain and compliance of international law. Growing dark fleets using flag hopping strategies have prompted more demands by those in the industry for the IMO to alleviate risks.

Flag-Hopping Dark Fleet Sparks Calls for Oversight Crackdowns by the IMO

Jan 28, 2024

Why Commercial Ships Passing through the Red Sea Are Turning Off their AIS Transponders

Attacks by Yemeni Rebels in the Red Sea are showing no sign of slowing, and some commercial shipping companies are having their captains disable AIS systems on their journeys.

Is this legal? What are the risks? This article outlines the situation.

Why Commercial Ships Passing through the Red Sea Are Turning Off their AIS Transponders

Jan 16, 2024

Dark Fleet Tanker that Exploded in Malaysia in 2023 Offers Insights into the Threats of Dark Shipping

The Pablo Aframax, a dark ship that exploded in Malaysian waters in 2023, offers insights into the danger of dark shipping fleets. The ship has been removed from Malaysian waters and is set to be scrapped in Indonesia.

Dark Fleet Tanker that Exploded in Malaysia in 2023 Offers Insights into the Threats of Dark Shipping

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."

Horizon Technologies Awarded with $1.3 Million Grant by UK Space Agency to Support Dark Vessel Detection Mission "Phoenix"

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.

Philippines to Use Canadian Satellites to Combat Dark Shipping

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.

Nearly 1 Million Barrels of Sanctioned Iranian Crude Seized by US Government

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.

Identified: Top 10 Dark Shipping Companies Moving Russian Oil throughout Trade Sanctions

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.

An Ever-Evolving List of Dark Shipping Organizations Trading Russian Oil

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.

Infographic Describing Russia's Role in the Growth of Dark Shipping

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.

Large Ship Losses Down While Dark Fleet Grows: A Questionable Future Ahead

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.

How One Ship's AIS Data Was Intentionally Spoofed to Form a Military "Z" - A Russian Pro-War Symbol

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.

Vessel Safety Inspections Rising in China as the Global Dark Fleet Continues to Grow

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.

Maritime Authorities from the US, UK, and Other Countries Call for Action Against Unregulated Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers at Sea

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.

Sea Shepherd to Send Ship to Tuvalu to Help Maritime Authorities with IUU Fishing Enforcement

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.

UK Maritime Insurance Company Accused of Allowing Fishing Vessels to Operate as Dark Ships

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.

Iran's Ghost Fleet Shifts to Trading Russian Oil

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.

Dark Fleet Trading Russian Oil Continues to Grow, Reaching Approximately 600 Tankers

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.

Reutech Develops Navigation Radar Receiver that Can Detect Dark Ships Not Transmitting AIS Data

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.

Researchers Identify "Highly-Vulnerable" Location where an Oil Spill Could Severely Disrupt the Global Energy Supply
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