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Maritime, Maritime Weather

How Changing Temperatures in the North Pole are Creating Polar Vortex Shifts

Last modified 2021-01-11

With the Arctic region warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the world, these rising temperatures in the North Pole could contribute to a shift of the polar vortex resulting in […]

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Maritime

EU bulk exports: Robust Harvest Falls Short of 2019 numbers

Last modified 2020-12-22

2019 was a record breaking year for Ukrainian grain crops, netting a crop of 75 million tonnes. Since then, the country has endured drought and the COVID-19 pandemic which prompted the Ukrainian Ministry for Development […]

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Maritime

With COVID-19 protocols and a busy shipping season, how are cargo ports faring?

Last modified 2020-12-17

In our previous data story, we took a deep dive into port and anchorage activity from August to November in the US, specifically at the Port of Los Angeles and PortMiami. These ports have been […]

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Maritime

Port of Los Angeles: Data shows ships stood still for 5 days in November 2020

Last modified 2020-12-17

Shipping companies are tackling a mountain of challenges this holiday season to ensure on-time package arrivals whilst navigating COVID-19 protocols, a record-breaking storm season, and political uncertainties. With holiday season shipping in full swing, the […]

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Aviation

Boeing 737 MAX flies again: Data reveals the timeline and pattern in the MAX groundings and relaunch

Last modified 2020-12-14

The Boeing 737 MAX is cleared to fly again after a 20-month grounding. The MAXs had started flying commercially in 2017. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and regulators around the world grounded the model in […]

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Maritime

Are sustainable practices like squid fishing moratoriums working?

Last modified 2020-11-18

There was a lot of talk this year about Chinese squid fishing on both the east and west coast of South America. In recent years increasing concerns about overfishing and developing more sustainable fishing practices […]

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Maritime

AIS tracks suggest Nave Andromeda made four stops at sea between Lagos and British coast

Last modified 2020-10-27

The Nave Andromeda made news this week when a suspected hijacking attempt onboard the oil tanker was thwarted by the Special Boat Service (SBS) off the coast of the Isle of Wight. Reports indicated that […]

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Aviation

AIR TRAFFIC DATA REVEALS FLIGHT TRAFFIC WAVES AT VITAL TOURIST DESTINATIONS AND SHIFT IN AIRLINE STRATEGY

Last modified 2020-11-02

Spire Aviation data reveals COVID-19’s impact on tourism and travel, an industry worth 10% of the global GDP. Examining air traffic at a few of Europe’s major travel destinations helps illustrate COVID-19’s impact on the […]

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Maritime

The costly consequences of 2020 Gulf storms for Maritime and logistics visualized in data

Last modified 2020-10-06

Storms in the Gulf of Mexico have kept the US Gulf states under an almost constant storm watch for the last six weeks. Tropical storms Marco, Laura, Sally, and Teddy delivered winds, rains and flooding […]

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Weather

Record-breaking Storm Season in 2020 Shows the Global Cost of Climate Change

Last modified 2020-08-27

The summer of 2020 has had its fair share of out of the ordinary weather events. From thunderstorms and lightning to cyclones, most parts of the world are experiencing extreme weather conditions. Storm forecasts are […]

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Maritime, Maritime Weather, Weather

MV Wakashio crash in Mauritius reviewed with AIS data and Weather predictions

Last modified 2020-10-06

On July 25th, a ship ran aground off the coast of Mauritius. On Aug 6th, the ship spilled 1000s of tonnes of oil into the ocean. The investigation as to why this happened is still […]

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Aviation

How Airline dynamics have changed in the US during the pandemic

Last modified 2020-08-25

This data story featuring the US, is the fourth from the four-part Spire Aviation world series. Covid-19 crisis crippled the aviation industry but some airlines have emerged with more resilience than even its larger peers. […]

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Maritime

How Data Makes Arrival Time Estimating More Dependable - A Study in Timing Arrivals Part 2

Last modified 2020-09-01

This is the second part of a series where we look at the value predicted routing, predicted port ETA, and port matching have on maritime operations. Knowing when your vessel will arrive at its destination […]

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Maritime, Weather

Dry bulk tracking shows positive outlook for EU wheat exports despite covid and drought

Last modified 2020-08-14

Last March, nations around the world considered the most effective ways to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 within their borders. Some countries, like Ukraine, had additional challenges such as a prolonged drought. When the Ukrainian […]

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Maritime

The full list of ships impacted by the Beirut explosion

Last modified 2020-08-12

The horrific explosion in Beirut Lebanon on 4th August came from a warehouse in the main port area. Damage was reported to buildings more than 2km from the epicentre. Videos showed force waves crossing the […]

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Maritime

How Data Makes Arrival Time Estimating More Dependable - A Study in Timing Arrivals

Last modified 2020-09-01

This is the first of a series as we look at the value predicted routing, predicted port ETA, and port matching can have on maritime operations. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the way […]

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Aviation

Airlines are ramping up activity in Europe

Last modified 2020-08-12

The fallow season for aviation has passed. The first green shoots appear among European low cost carriers This data story uses satellite and terrestrial ADS-B data. The travel lockdown wiped out the demand for global […]

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Earth information, Weather

Applying weather prediction and soil moisture data to halt desert locust infestations

Last modified 2020-08-12

In recent months, huge swarms of desert locusts have been devastating crops in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and South Asia. This outbreak is the worst of its kind in decades and is severely impacting food […]

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Maritime

A mission to protect oceans monitors ships’ AIS from satellites

Last modified 2020-08-12

Learn how Global Fishing Watch is applying advanced data analytics and machine learning technology to AIS tracking data.

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Maritime, Weather

Investigating lost cargo

Last modified 2020-08-12

Last week a vessel traveling from China To Melbourne lost cargo due to engine failure that was attributed to rough seas. In situations like these, insurers and stakeholders launch an investigation to verify the events […]

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Maritime, Weather

Low bunker prices give ships greater flexibility for navigation

Last modified 2020-08-12

With bunker prices very low as a result of COVID-19, ship operators are finding it less expensive to pay for fuel and take the longer route around the Cape Peninsula of Africa instead of paying […]

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Aviation

Air Traffic Data Shows Signs of a Comeback: Green Shoots Appear in the Middle East

Last modified 2020-08-12

The pandemic winter for aviation has passed. The first green shoots are out. This data story featuring Middle-East, is the second from the four part Spire Aviation world series. The travel lockdown wiped out the […]

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Aviation

Air Traffic Data Shows Signs of a Comeback: First Green Shoots Appear in China

Last modified 2020-08-12

The pandemic winter for aviation has passed. The first green shoots are out. This data story featuring Asia, is the first from the four part Spire Aviation world series. Travel lockdown wiped out demand for […]

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Maritime

Are Lower Fuel Prices Increasing Maritime Speeds?

Last modified 2020-08-12

Watching oil stock prices rally last week had us checking our AIS data to see if we might find some patterns to explain the fluctuations. While energy analysts argued the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) stock […]

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Aviation

World's Heaviest Aircraft is Reborn: Tackles Critical Air Cargo Demand

Last modified 2020-08-12

The world’s largest cargo plane, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya, is back after a two-year stay in maintenance. With six engines (and a whopping 16 pairs of landing gear), the plane can transport around 550,000 pounds […]

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Maritime, Weather

From agriculture to maritime exports: The role of weather in the grain supply chain

Last modified 2020-08-12

Grain is one of the most important yet underrated commodities in the world. This series takes a closer look at key grain ports around the world and the role that weather plays throughout the supply […]

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Maritime

How Covid-19 is Impacting Maritime Trade

Last modified 2020-08-12

This chart shows a decline in US and global oil markets portrayed by tankers calling US ports. Activity is normal until week 13, when tanker traffic in US ports begins to decline. Numbers drop from […]

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Maritime

5 Ships' International Voyages

Last modified 2020-08-12

This is a track of five ships with international voyages. The ships had a high velocity and volume of AIS reports, particularly satellite AIS reports when operating in deep ocean and out of the range […]

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Maritime

Single Ship Track along the Brazilian coast

Last modified 2020-08-12

This is a track of a single ship. It shows how complete satellite AIS tracking of ships can be, particularly when operating in remote regions that are out of the range of terrestrial AIS. Data […]

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Maritime

Predict AI, Tankers in the Persian Gulf (24 hours)

Last modified 2020-08-12

This is a plot of all ships reported through the Spire Predict AI API. It includes tankers with predicted or last reported AIS positions in the last 24 hours. These readings are from the Persian […]

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Maritime

24 hour Global Vessels

Last modified 2020-08-12

This is a plot of all ships reported through the Spire Vessels API with a last reported position in the last 24 hours. Note, this is using Vessels API, so it only reports vessels with […]

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Maritime

Spire AIS in the Persian Gulf: Dynamic AIS™, Satellite AIS, Terrestrial AIS (24 hours)

Last modified 2020-08-12

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