Interpol partners with AI-focused Windward amid maritime crime clampdown


  • Windward shares have risen by over 128% in the last year  

London-listed maritime artificial intelligence firm Windward has revealed a contract secured with international policing network Interpol last year.

Windward told investors on Wednesday it will assist Interpol – the International Criminal Police Organization – in their mission ‘of facilitating a secure maritime environment’.

The group said its AI tools will provide intelligence and insights to help identify, track, and prevent criminal activities like illicit trafficking, human smuggling, and illegal fishing.

Partnership: Windward secured a contract with Interpol last year

Partnership: Windward secured a contract with Interpol last year

Windward shares rose 6.67 per cent or 7.50p to 120.00p on Wednesday, having risen over 128 per cent in the last year. 

Windward said its technology can provide insights into ‘vessel behaviours’, ownership structures and predict in real-time which vessels are likely to be involved in illicit activities. 

Ami Daniel, chief executive of Windward, said: ‘Our oceans are vast and that is often exploited by bad actors to evade authorities. We are honoured that Interpol chose Windward’s solution to support their fight against global maritime crime.

‘This is a testament to the excellence of our advanced AI capabilities which will make a significant impact in addressing the critical issue of maritime crime and making the seas safer for global trade.’ 

Windward added: ‘Through this partnership, Interpol will leverage Windward’s insights to advance investigations of suspicious vessels, activities, and areas of interest worldwide. 

‘Windward’s platform will enhance Interpol’s capacity to detect and disrupt illegal maritime activities, including smuggling, piracy, IUU, human trafficking, and the transportation of illegal goods to create a safer maritime environment which is essential for the smooth flow of global trade.’

Hasan Khajah, coordinator of the Maritime Security Unit of Interpol, said: ‘Tackling maritime crime has become a crucial mission for law enforcement agencies and Interpol. We work with local, regional, and international stakeholders to reduce maritime crime globally and improve maritime governance.’

Shipping risks are escalating due to repeated drone and missile strikes in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait by the Iran-aligned Houthis since November. US and British forces have responded with several attacks on Houthi facilities, but have so far failed to halt the attacks.



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