Flags flown by tankers operating like the designated Shang Yuan Bao (Source: Windward)
An article from Windward on 2nd September reports that, over the past 6 months, 112 tankers turned off their AIS transponders and went “dark” for more than 4 days in the same area where the Shang Yuan Bao had previously operated off Taiwan. It also says that perhaps the standout feature of this operation is the flags flown by the tankers involved: more than a third were registered in Sierra Leone; 17 in landlocked Mongolia; and 13 in the Pacific archipelago of Palau. This is not a “random sample” of the world tanker fleet; the Sierra Leone tankers account for almost half of all Sierra Leone-flagged tankers active in the world; for Palau, they’re one-third of the island nation’s tanker fleet; for Cook Islands, one-fifth.
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