6 Tips For Investigating Maritime Vessels

Monitor reflagging of vessels

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

AIS didn’t seem to help the Ivy Alliance and the Rich Rainbow when they collided 4/9/2020

Take note of meetings


Check on weight changes

Min/Max/ and Avg Draught

Look for frequent name or MMSI changes

  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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