June 2, 2023

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Where are the Russian oil tankers missing in the midst of the global oil crisis? – Russian oil tankers are said to be disappearing from tlifw surveillance systems

Highlights of the story

  • The disappearance of the surveillance signal from the radar increased after the war in Ukraine
  • Speculations also arose about the intentional deactivation of the signal.

The global oil crisis has been exacerbated by sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and several European countries. Meanwhile, in the past ten days, there have been reports of three Russian oil tankers missing from a surveillance system near the Azores island of Portugal.

According to a Bloomberg report, the disappearance of Russian oil tankers from surveillance radar has increased since the war in Ukraine.

The U.S. Treasury Department is considering stopping the ship’s surveillance signal as one of the tactics to avoid maritime radar. Any ship can hide its location data and hide where it is going. In addition, it can hide other information related to the ship’s movements.

The nine Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean are part of Portugal and are about 1,000 miles from Europe.

The reason for the disappearance of the surveillance radar system is not clear

EU sanctions on Russian oil will not take effect until December, but large oil companies such as Shell and PP have agreed to sanctions by deciding not to buy Russian oil.

At the same time, it is not yet clear how Russian oil tankers suddenly disappeared from the tracking radar. Even if it is legal, it is also seen as a ploy to avoid public outrage at doing business with Russia.

Tanks carrying Russian oil are also likely to be transferred to a non-Russian ship so that the buyer can try to avoid any contact with Russia.

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Surveillance radar disappearances increase after the Ukraine war

The risk of Russian oil tankers shutting down surveillance signals has tripled since the attack on Ukraine, according to data from maritime hazard advice Windward AI.

Prior to the attack on Ukraine, Russian crude oil tankers disappeared from the surveillance signal once a week, according to Windward data.

According to the report, from February 24 to May 24, these incidents took place 10 times a week.

In recent months, super boats belonging to Russia’s oligarchy have also suddenly disappeared from the surveillance system. A Russian gas chief’s $ 150 million super shuttle was re-monitored by a surveillance system near the Canary Islands in May.

In fact, two weeks ago, this super boat suddenly disappeared from the tracking signal.

According to the International Maritime Organization’s website, ships carrying 300 metric tons or more of gas must install ship tracking technology during international voyages. This is commonly called an automated identification system.

Some ships that make international voyages are required to broadcast their AIS location at all times.

John Lusk, COO for data analytics company Spire, says the only reason no one knows where you are going is because no one knows where you are going.