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Satellites reveal captains' cheating on weather reporting

With the implementation of new and improved technology, the Danish Meteorological Institute has been able to establish that captains make partial and false weather reports to cover the fact that their ships do not perform as was agreed with the charterer.

Photo: Christian Florian / DMI

Through the past 10 to 15 years, improvements in satellite technology have made the Danish Meteorological Institute’s Maritime Service office capable of spotting captains sending wrong weather reports to Maritime Service in order to cover up any problems in the ship’s route for the charterer.

“It has been easy for us to establish that when two parties – a charterer and a ship owner – are involved, the captain is usually faithful to the latter. It is seen in his reports”, Carsten Kofoed, Head of DMI Maritime Service, tells ShippingWatch.

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