HOW FAKE GPS COORDINATES ARE LEADING TO LAWLESSNESS ON THE HIGH SEAS

On 3 September, the New York Times reported that shipping data researchers have identified hundreds of cases where a ship has transmitted fake location coordinates in order to carry out murky and even illegal business operations and circumvent international laws and sanctions.  AIS manipulation, tampering this way with satellite location trackers carried by large ships is illegal under international law, and until recently, most fleets are believed to have largely followed the rules.  The vessels use a technology that, in essence, replicates the effect of a VPN cellphone app, making a ship appear to be in one place, while physically being elsewhere.  Its use has included Chinese fishing fleets hiding operations in protected waters off South America, tankers concealing stops in Iranian oil ports, and container ships obfuscating journeys in the Middle East.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/03/world/americas/ships-gps-international-law.html

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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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