On 19 May, ABC News published an article on the use by rogue states and their enablers of “spoofing” to fool satellite-based ship-tracking systems so that they can circumvent sanctions without detection.  The article considers research by Windward into the Cyprus-flagged oil tanker BerlinaAround the same time in March the Berlina was pinging that location at sea, it was physically spotted loading crude oil in Venezuela – and 9 other tankers, some connected to the same owner, were sending signals that showed them moving nearby in the Caribbean at an identical speed and direction — and with sudden changes in weight indicating they had somehow been loaded full of crude without ever touching port.




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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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