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Several Russian Tankers Reportedly Disabled Their Tracking Systems Last Week

The U.S. says this is a practice used to evade sanctions

Russian tanker ships switched off their tracking systems at least 33 times last week, according to location data provided to Bloomberg by Windward, a maritime risk consultancy. That's double the normal weekly rate, the firm said.

This tactic known as "going dark," or "dark activity" has been flagged by the U.S. Treasury as one of several "deceptive practices used to evade sanctions" in the maritime industry.

The data from Windward also shows that ship-to-ship meetings are taking place that could be long enough to transfer cargo to vessels without sanctions, though the frequency of those meetings is still at a normal level.

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