United Against Nuclear Iran on June 21 launched its Maritime Intelligence Network and Rogue Vessel Analysis system, a new initiative that aims to track Iranian vessels and identify and expose the Iranian regime’s efforts to smuggle oil and cargo in circumvention of international sanctions.
UANI developed MINERVA in response to the Iranian regime’s increasing efforts to make vessels “dark,” and avoid being detected by traditional vessel-tracking systems.
Through the system, UANI conducts tracking and course prediction regarding Iranian and Iran-related vessels, including clandestine vessels, across the globe, and notifies relevant authorities of any allegedly illegal actions in their jurisdictions. MINERVA analysts are located in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Specifically, the system collects, processes and analyzes raw vessel data, such as speed, heading, identity, draught and destination information, and then correlates this shipping data with supplementary data from maritime industry sources. An algorithmic analysis creates distinct vessel and shipping route profiles and predicts the courses and destinations of Iranian vessels.
“When the regime’s smuggling schemes are identified and exposed, maritime and port authorities can no longer deny knowledge of the origins of illicit Iranian vessels, shipments and cargoes in their respective jurisdictions,” said Mark D. Wallace, UANI’s CEO, in a written statement. “The moment Iran’s shipping schemes are brought to light is the same moment maritime and port authorities begin to turn the vessels away.”