More than three years ago, the term “dark fleet” emerged when tankers started turning off their vessel-tracking transponders to conceal the origin and destination of US-sanctioned oil. This evasive tactic, known as “going dark,” quickly became associated with the growing fleet of tankers involved in shipping Iranian and Venezuelan oil. However, “going dark” is just one of several deceptive shipping practices identified.
The dark fleet now consists of over 450 tankers, as more vessels attempt to evade international restrictions. Nevertheless, these vessels no longer fall under a broad, catch-all category of “dark fleet.” Compliance teams should be particularly vigilant about certain tankers’ practices and apply distinct risk profiles based on their characteristics.
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