Terror fears over hundreds of ‘ghost ships’ turning off their tracking devices while sailing close to hotspots including Syria and Libya before entering European waters

Friday, March 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Vessels entering Europe routinely turn off their GPS tracking to ‘disappear’
Often become ghost ships after making dubious stops near terrorist hotspots
It is fuelling concerns they are smuggling people and weapons to the continent
2,850 ships ‘went dark’ before entering Euro waters in first two months of 2017

By MARTIN ROBINSON
DailyMail.com
10 March 2017

Hundreds of ‘ghost ships’ turn off their tracking devices and sail suspiciously close to terror zones before entering European waters – including dozens who ended up off the British coast, it was revealed today.

Large vessels entering Europe routinely turn off their GPS tracking to ‘disappear’ from monitoring systems after making dubious stops close to terrorist hotspots.

It is fuelling concerns they are smuggling people and weapons to the continent, especially on the route between Libya and Greece.

Data from Windward, an Israeli-based maritime analytics company, shows that in total, 2,850 ships ‘went dark’ by halting transmission of their location before entering European waters in the first two months of this year.

Around 45 did this off the British coast for up to 24 hours – 50 other entered British waters without proper paperwork.

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