Did Freewinds illegally turn off its AIS tracker? tl;dr Something is fishy about Freewinds hiding during December 2010 Freewinds has been "out of range" for 31 days, and still counting. This is very unusual. FREEWINDS - 6810811 - Vessel's Details and Current Position Commercial ships are required by international law to use AIS to transmit their positions. Frequently Asked Questions on AIS and Real time ship observation This is not meant to be a tinfoil thread. I have never seen the Freewinds out of tracking range for more than a month. Reference thread: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-active-projects/tracking-freewinds-57215/ In my opinion, 1 or 3 things has most likely happened. There are probably other explanations, but I consider these 3 options to be the simplest, most likely explanations (Occam's razor) 1) Freewinds has illegally turned off its AIS transmitter. I know scientology does not like the Freewinds to be tracked. http://forums.whyweprotest.net/291-...ned-freewinds-convention-74073/4/#post1382552 2) Freewinds is out of range, in Colombia, for a month. Colombia is out of range for AIS transponders. However, Freewinds was reported to be docked in Aruba on 18 December, but not registered by AIS transponders. http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-active-projects/tracking-freewinds-57215/23/#post1380244 Aruba is unfortunately outside range of AIS transponders http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-active-projects/tracking-freewinds-57215/23/#post1352059 3) Scientology has successfully bribed / threatened the Marine Traffic web site to stop posting their information. Marine Traffic website has previously yanked unflattering photos of Freewinds from their website. http://forums.whyweprotest.net/291-...y-freewinds-march-2010-a-70610/5/#post1342946 So anyway, perhaps the mysterious OP of the Tracking of the Freewinds thread can shed some light on his / her opinion of this.