Maritime technology company Windward has been selected by Argentina’s maritime law enforcement agency, Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA), to support its “domain awareness” by monitoring activities in areas of interest. 

The Israel-based software company will provide its AI platform to help the agency address threats in the region such as smuggling and Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing by analysing maritime data from PNA’s internal assets in real time. 

Ami Daniel, co-founder and CEO of Windward, said: “Our maritime AI has played a pivotal role in helping governments and law enforcement agencies address pressing issues like IUU fishing, ensuring the safety of their oceans, and safeguarding the security and prosperity of their nations. 

“This collaboration sets an example for other agencies worldwide who are looking to embrace technological advancements to get a comprehensive and real-time operational picture for maritime security and sustainability.” 

Windward, working with its Argentina representative Cytric Partners, said it will integrate its platform with the country’s Coast Guard System to support informed decisions preventing illegal activity and responding to identified potential threats to maritime law. 

PNA has contracted Windward as part of its work to prevent IUU fishing and continue adhering to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which lays out a comprehensive regime of law for the global oceans and seas. 

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Rómulo Guillermo Accornero Satto, the director of IT and communications at the PNA, said: “Windward’s Maritime AI platform will significantly enhance our ability to address threats like IUU fishing and ensure the safety of our exclusive economic zone. 

“This improvement to our maritime domain awareness capabilities reflects our determination and dedication to prevent illicit activities and protect human life at sea, preserve resources and the environment.” 

Alongside monitoring IUU fishing, Windward’s work in maritime safety also extends to analysing the activity of dark ships, vessels which turn off their identification systems, with a recent report from the company highlighting an increase of dark activities relating to Russia and the Baltic Sea.