satellites spot two strange ‘dark ships’

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SpaceKnow explains that it analyzed 90 days of satellite data in the area of ​​the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline explosion. The data comes from both free and commercial sources and is analyzed in an automated way by artificial intelligence, which allowed to discover data that should contribute to the investigation of what has all the elements of sabotage.

SpaceKnow explains that it drew polygons around the area of ​​the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea. The smallest with an area of ​​400 square meters was plotted just above the area of ​​the explosion, while other adjacent areas focused the machine learning model on monitoring several square kilometers.

The mystery of the explosion of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines soon elucidated?

Looking closely at what happened in the area of ​​the explosion the researchers discovered 25 vessels potentially linked to the explosions. But of this total, only two boats had deactivated their transponder. Safety equipment that is essential to navigate safely in the area.

A particularly suspicious action: “We have detected dark ships, in other words boats of a significant size, which have passed through the area […] these boats had their transponders turned off which means there is no data on their trajectory, and they were trying to hide their location from the eyes of the world”explains Jerry Javornicky, CEO of SpaceKnow.

International law requires all ships of a certain size to carry an active transponder. This allows in particular to transmit the name of the boat, its location, the direction and the speed of the ship among other information. The transponder is essential safety equipment to avoid collisions at sea.

And it is even more so in the area of ​​the Baltic Sea where the explosion of the pipelines took place – because a large number of ships are constantly traversing the area. A ship without a transponder or with its transponder switched off is therefore always suspicious, because there is not really a legitimate reason to deactivate this device, especially in such a dangerous area.

The only ships that are used to this practice are linked to illegal activities, such as fishing outside the authorized perimeter, or trafficking in drugs, human beings, etc. As Otto Tabuns director of the foundation for security in the Baltic Sea quoted by Wired points out: “it is unusual to deactivate the transponder unless the ships were operating on a covert military mission or aiming at clandestine targets, as the Baltic Sea is one of the most frequented seas for commercial vessels”.

The SpaceKnow data has been communicated to NATO, which refuses to comment for the time being. Several investigations are currently trying to determine the causes of the explosion of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines which brutally reduced the European supply of Russian gas. NATO is content for the moment to claim that the destruction of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines is the result of an act of sabotage, while Russia claims that the explosions are the result of a secret operation carried out by Great Britain.

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