6 Tips For Investigating Maritime Vessels

Monitor reflagging of vessels

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/bleak-outlook-for-asian-shipbreaking
Cruise ships sail under a flag of convenience for cheaper labor, fewer taxes, and fewer restrictions

Watch for A divergence from normal tracks

Keep an eye on strange or dark AIS activity

https://globalfishingwatch.org/data/going-dark-when-vessels-turn-off-ais-broadcasts/#post/0
AIS didn’t seem to help the Ivy Alliance and the Rich Rainbow when they collided 4/9/2020

Take note of meetings

https://skytruth.org/2018/07/machine-learning-and-satellite-data-provide-the-first-global-view-of-transshipment-activity/

Check on weight changes

https://www.marineinsight.com/naval-architecture/vessel-draft-vessel-draught-ship/
Min/Max/ and Avg Draught
shipspotting.com

Look for frequent name or MMSI changes

https://globalfishingwatch.org/data/spoofing-one-identity-shared-by-multiple-vessels/
https://twitter.com/steffanwatkins/status/1329977715613642758
https://twitter.com/steffanwatkins/status/1329973567199600641?s=20
  1. What is the normal pattern of life is for the vessel?
  2. Does anything appear out of character for the voyages?
  3. Does the true identity of the ship match what they are advertising?
  4. Have they had any meetups and is the cargo lighter or heavier afterward?

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