Every day MarineTraffic receives hundreds of mentions in the world’s media, who use our service for basic tracking right up to in-depth data analysis based on our AIS data and intelligence.
In the first half of this year, we received mentions in more than 97 countries, including Cyprus, Vietnam and of course Venezuela which has been featuring prominently in the news of late.
To bring you up to date with some of the more important and also quirkier news stories we were featured in, we have put together a review of our press coverage, beginning this month with the following seven stories that incorporated MarineTraffic data or tracking.
Was Iran Behind the Oman Tanker Attacks? A Look at the Evidence
A few weeks ago, on June 13th, two oil tankers were attacked off the coast of Oman. MarineTraffic created a past track video to show the final movements of the vessels before the incident. The video was used by some of the top media outlets around the world, such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, to back up their stories with data along with the vessels’ details pages of the two ships attacked, the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous.
Norway cruise ship evacuated after engine problems
On March 24, while en route to Stavanger from Tromso, engine trouble forced the evacuation of the MV Viking Sky Cruise Ship off the coast of Norway. The BBC and other media outlets used MarineTraffic to track the ship’s movements before the evacuation. Five helicopters and several rescue ships were called in for the rescue, but due to poor weather conditions, many of them were forced to return. Fortunately, the ship arrived safely at the port of Molde after the dramatic rescue of hundreds of people.
Iran’s oil tanker fleet being squeezed as sanctions bite
In this article by Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi for global news agency Reuters, in-depth MarineTraffic data analysis was used to track the Iranian tanker fleet and to indicate which vessels are being used by Iran as floating storage. Analysis showed 12 Iranian tankers, or more than a fifth of its fleet, were being used for floating storage in March.
The article emphasised that “Iran is running short of options to replace its ageing fleet of tankers and keep oil exports flowing because renewed U.S. sanctions are making potential sellers and flag registries wary of doing business with Tehran.”
GPS data reveal secretive Chinese research vessels crossing Pacific
In this video story, the Financial Times’ Kathrin Hille used MarineTraffic data to examine the Chinese oceanographic research vessels appearing between the Philippines and Hawaii, claiming Beijing is expanding its maritime influence in the Pacific.
The article says the Chinese government stresses the scientific role of these ships, but also reports that “senior officials have said that the country must pursue more maritime resources and rights. And official statements have listed military objectives among the fleet’s tasks.”
The tragedy of the oil tanker Aulac Fortune
Hong Kong is situated in a busy port area, where, sadly, incidents involving sea vessels are all too common. This story of South China Morning Post, belongs to this category, as reported the oil tanker Aulac Fortune caught fire one mile south of Lamma Island, leaving one crew member dead. To visualise the incident, the article through a detailed infographic, backed up with MarineTraffic data.
Cigarette Smugglers Find Safe Harbour in Montenegro, Again
According to this story, Montenegro has once again become synonymous with a tobacco smuggling scam with links around the globe. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, uncovered this scam where “cheap white” cigarettes were entering the EU through the use of ‘ghost’ ships, shell companies and fake paperwork. To monitor the vessel’s movements of the parties involved, BIRN teamed up with MarineTraffic to use our ship tracking intelligence platform. They tracked their past positions and identified if the cargo had reached the reported destination.
6 Russians kidnapped after pirates attack vessel near Benin
This article, published by Russian state broadcaster on January 4, reported on an incident that occurred at the beginning of the year, when maritime authorities were alerted as six sailors were kidnapped when pirates attacked a ship with a Russian crew off the coast of Benin in West Africa. The incident was initially reported shortly after midnight on January 2nd, and MarineTraffic AIS data revealed that the Panama flagged MSC Mandy which was sailing from the port of Lome, Togo, was anchored off Lagos, Nigeria.