Windward Maritime AI and Interpol partner to fight global maritime crime

Windward has been chosen by Interpol to strengthen its global efforts to create a safer maritime environment

The Maritime Artificial Intelligence (AI) company that offers a platform for risk management and maritime domain awareness, Windward, has announced a partnership with the international criminal police organisation, Interpol.

Under the partnership, Interpol will use Windward’s Maritime AI platform to provide valuable intelligence and insights to help identify, track, and prevent criminal activities such as illicit trafficking, human smuggling, and illegal fishing, which, according to Windward, will contribute to creating a more secure maritime environment globally.

The challenge of maritime security

While sea transport accounts for around 90 percent of the global movement of goods, the vastness of the oceans and the magnitude of vessels and containers in operation make maritime security a challenging task, especially due to its international nature, says Windward. Moreover, the lack of visibility in the maritime domain emboldens criminals, negatively impacts global trade, and poses significant threats to national and international security.

Through this new partnership, Interpol will be able to leverage the maritime AI company’s insights to advance investigations of suspicious vessels, activities, and areas of interest worldwide. In addition, Windward’s platform will enhance Interpol’s capacity to detect and disrupt illegal maritime activities, the company says.

Windward and Interpol
Partneship to enhance maritime security
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“Our oceans are vast and that is often exploited by bad actors to evade authorities. We are honoured that Interpol chose Windward’s solution to support their fight against global maritime crime,” said Ami Daniel, CEO of Windward. “This is a testament to the excellence of our advanced AI capabilities which will make a significant impact in addressing the critical issue of maritime crime and making the seas safer for global trade.”

Bringing visibility to an opaque environment

Windward’s Maritime AI platform is powered by advanced machine learning and behavioural analytics models. Using billions of data points to provide valuable insights into vessel behaviours, and ownership structures, the platform can predict in real-time which vessels are likely to be involved in illicit activities, Windward says.

Windward is calling its maritime AI platform the global standard in maritime domain awareness, because it allows government bodies across the globe to protect their borders, national interests, and citizens, by bringing visibility to the opaque maritime environment.

“Tackling maritime crime has become a crucial mission for law enforcement agencies and Interpol,” said the Coordinator of the Maritime Security Unit of INTERPOL. “We work with local, regional, and international stakeholders to reduce maritime crime globally and improve maritime governance. We welcome the opportunity to leverage Windward’s technological and maritime expertise to bolster our enforcement capabilities and help achieve a safer maritime environment.”

Helping organisations overcome maritime challenges

Beyond its collaborations with the law enforcement, defence and intelligence sectors, Windward provides its AI solutions to the trading and shipping industry as well as the supply chain and logistics sectors. The firm has recently developed a number of partnerships aimed at helping these organisations overcome maritime challenges, predict future events, and gain greater maritime visibility.

Global logistics provider Scan Global Logistics, for example, partnered with the firm to proactively identify potential ocean shipment delays using Windward’s insights while the freight management software maker Wisor joined forces with Windward to provide its customers with full real-time visibility of container tracking.

The maritime AI company is also associated with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) to augment the shipping analytic capabilities available on the LSEG Workspace platform in real-time, tracking some 117,000 vessels at sea globally, including oil tankers, dry bulk carriers, and container vessels.

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