Continuous improvement

We’re constantly delivering small and large improvements to Starboard. Below are some of the larger, new pieces of work we have planned.

Our roadmap comes from a combination of new scientific research, harnessing new satellite technology, and user research with maritime experts—the people who use our software.

Starboard software roadmap

New analysis and risk modelling capabilities

Conduct complex analysis and create bespoke risk models based on vessel behaviours and attributes. Receive alerts about matching risk vessels entering your area of interest.
Coming soon

Integration of additional vessel information

Comprehensive new sources of vessel information integrated. This will improve the accuracy and coverage of vessel information and support detailed filtering and analysis.
Coming soon

Share information across organisations

Tags and information about vessels can be shared between selected groups of users across organisations, supporting effective operation planning and ongoing collaboration across teams and nations.
Coming soon

Store and analyse your vessel information

Upload documents and add comments about vessels and vessel inspections, enabling you to securely and privately analyse your vessel information with global vessel information.

Add more streaming data sources

Bring more streaming data into Starboard, such as data from search and rescue assets at sea, or additional sensors such as land based radar.

Past deliveries

Risk indicators (beta)

1 November 2023
Recently delivered

Every vessel in Starboard is now assessed through a risk framework, this results in relevant risk indicators being assigned to vessels and can support risk analysis for a particular vessel of interest or vessels in an area of interest.

Risk indicators for a fleet are combined and this can be viewed in the companies analysis panel and company report.

More about how risk indicators work →

More about risk indicators in this online training video →

Delivery summary

October 2023

Activity page

The activity page makes it easier to collaborate and see a centralised view of information for organisations. Teams can view alert notifications, see changes to tags and notes, see when new data collections have been added, and directly add new notes making it easier to collaborate on vessels of interest.

More about the activity page in this online training video →

Visualisation of vessel speed

Vessel speed can be added to the vessel’s track to help with visual analysis of manoeuvres. This can be particularly helpful when combined with speed filters.

More about analysing a vessel’s speed in this online training video →

Companies information

S&P Global Market Intelligence data is now available in Starboard. All vessels within the fleet can be reviewed including their vessel information, authorisations, and behaviours. This is the first of many releases integrating new vessel information.

More about companies information in Starboard in this online training video →

Likely and inferred transshipments

Likely and inferred transhipment events are available in a vessel’s history and as advanced filters. These represent potential catch transfer between fishing vessels to fish carriers.

More about how inferred transshipments are detected →

More about how likely transshipments are defined →

More about companies information in Starboard in this online training video →

Delivery summary

September 2023

Advanced filtering for speed

Starboard can now filter for vessel speed in any area of interest. This filter can be combined with other advanced filters and can be customised for vessels travelling faster, slower, or between a set speed.

Delivery summary

August 2023

Advanced filtering for past port visits

Understanding where and when a vessel has visited a port can help to assess a vessel’s risk. Filtering can be for the last port of call or to identify vessels that have visited a country in the last 7, 30, 90 days, or the last year.

More about Identifying risky vessels by combining advanced filters →

Delivery summary

July 2023

Global analysis with new filtering capabilities

Starboard is now capable of analysis on a global scale, over longer time frames, and it is even faster. Starboard can now help answer questions like:

– How many vessels of a certain type or flag have visited my area in the last few years?

– What are the behaviour patterns of fishing vessels in my area?

– What are the global travel patterns of RFMO authorised fish carriers?

More about global, large area, and historical pattern analysis with complex filters →

Delivery summary

June 2023

Creating vessel lists

Creating lists, for vessels of interest based off complex filters, can be achieved quickly by tagging or selecting vessels from the vessel list. More about ways to create lists for vessels of interest →

Delivery summary

May 2023

AIS upgrade

We have upgraded our AIS data for greater coverage. This includes using S&P Global Market Intelligence’s AIS Antenna Network and the addition of AIS data from vessel based receivers. More about AIS data sources →

Information on the source of AIS data is now also visible in Starboard.

New fishing registers integrated

Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT), Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA), North Pacific Fisheries Commission (NPFC), North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), European Union (EU) Fleet Register and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Regional Fleet Register have all now been integrated into Starboard.

This can help speed up analysis with advanced filtering and external information directly available in Starboard. Vessel type is now also updated with subtype from these registers for over 17,000 vessels. More about vessel subtypes →

Delivery summary

April 2023

Managing vessels with notes and tags

To support collaboration and help teams with organising vessels, notes can be added along with tags on vessels. Anyone in an organisation can add subsequent notes for further dialogue and information sharing. More about organising vessels with tags and notes →

SPRFMO fishing registration data integration

The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) Record of Vessels has been integrated into Starboard. This can help speed up analysis with external information directly available in Starboard and provides more detailed vessel type information. More about fishing registration data from RFMO records →

Detailed vessel subtypes for fisheries

Vessel subtypes are now updated with information from three Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). This information is available for advanced filtering, for example, to identify fishing vessels and fish carriers in an area. More about vessel subtypes →

Delivery summary

March 2023

Journey information for vessel prioritisation

Vessels can be quickly assessed with a summary of all events since they were last in port. Sorting based on key events, such as fishing duration and time at sea, can help to prioritise vessels.

Combined CPI score for port visits

Every vessel now has a combined corruption perceptions index score available in the vessel report. Higher scores suggest visits to countries with lower public sector corruption. The scores can be helpful for assessing vessels based on their port visit history. More about how the combined corruption perceptions index score for port visits works →

Delivery summary

February 2023

Global tags for noteworthy vessels

Global tags bring together various vessel lists around the world, ranging from illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing and worker exploitation, to safety, security, and environmental concerns. A new global tag for OFAC: Sanctioned vessels has been added to Starboard. More about using global tags to find noteworthy vessels →

IOTC fishing registration data integration

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) record of currently authorised vessels has been integrated into Starboard.

This is the third integration of this kind and filtering of these lists can be done in a combined way. For example, finding vessels that are on both the IOTC and WCPFC authorisation lists but not on the FFA List of Vessels in Good Standing.

FFA good standing list integration

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) List of Vessels in Good Standing has been integrated into Starboard.

Advanced filtering helps analysts quickly find vessels of note and record details for vessels are available directly in Starboard to help speed up analysis.

Detailed vessel subtypes for fisheries

Vessel subtypes are now available for a vessel and can be used with advanced filtering.

This information is sourced from Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) where these have already been integrated with Starboard. It’s the first of other vessel detail updates to come. More about vessel subtypes →

Delivery summary

November 2022

Vessel networks for IUU listed vessels

Discover vessels closely linked to illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) listed vessels based on past encounters. These connections can help to identify noteworthy vessels, giving additional clues for analysts to uncover hidden relationships and high risk vessels. More about vessel networks →

Anomalous vessel movements

Find noteworthy vessels that have travelled an uncommon path or undertaken unusual manoeuvring. Anomalous movements are based on the GeoTrackNet model and can provide analysts with a new lens for filtering vessels and finding vessels that require further investigation. More about anomalous movements →

Delivery summary

August 2022

Vessel tags

Vessels or fleets of interest can now be tagged to keep track of them. Organising vessels with tags can also help to manage processes like vessel assessments, inspections, and surveillance planning.

Delivery summary

July 2022

Journey analysis

Events between ports are now grouped. Making it easier to analyse a vessel voyage and identify noteworthy activity. This can speed up the assessment of arriving vessels and is particularly useful for those that have been at sea for long periods.

Delivery summary

June 2022

Wind velocity

The new wind velocity layer provides context for a vessel’s movements. Like with all our weather map layers, this is associated with every vessel to make analysis easier.

Delivery summary

May 2022

Sea surface temperature and wave height

New sea surface temperature and wave height layers provide context for a vessel’s movements. To make vessel analysis easier these oceanographic layers are associated with every vessel.

Delivery summary

April 2022

Fishing registration data integration

The Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Record of Fishing Vessels has been integrated into Starboard. This is the first of many registers that will be available within Starboard.

Advanced filtering helps analysts quickly find vessels of note and register information is available directly in Starboard to help speed up analysis.

Delivery summary

Feb 2022

Geofencing with alerts

Any area of interest can now be turned into a geofence by setting alerts for when vessels enter or exit them.

Alerts can be customised based on frequency, who receives them and if they should be for all vessels entering the area or just those coming from a foreign port.

Delivery summary

Dec 2021

KML file download for satellite detections

Both Radio frequency (RF) and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite detections can be downloaded as a KML file. This can be useful for those using Google Earth for additional data sources such as VMS.

Delivery summary

Nov 2021

Advanced filtering

Filtering of vessels on the map can now be done by vessel events, flag state or vessel type. This allows you to further customise your analysis and focus on those vessels with behaviours and characteristics of interest.

Downloadable vessel events

A new .csv download option is available that includes the vessel’s events and details of the event.

This download responds to filters applied to the vessel’s track history including types of events and length of history, allowing you to customise your download for your analysis.

Delivery summary

Aug 2021

Arrival estimation

The estimated arrival port is now determined using information from three sources (where available) with the following priority; port schedules, self-reported destinations on AIS or the vessel’s movements.

More about arrival estimation →

Estimated arrival times at port

Delivery summary

Jul 2021

Event list filtering

Filter track history in the left hand panel and in reports to quickly find events relevant to your analysis.

Measurement circles

Measure your chosen distance from a set of coordinates in Starboard. This is particularly useful if you are wanting to plot distances from a location or asset at sea.

Aerial asset data ingestion

We have completed our first ingestions of aerial asset data. The asset’s detections are layered with AIS, RF and SAR data for a complete picture of vessels in an area of interest.

Delivery summary

Jun 2021

Real-time vessel movements

See real-time vessel movements, via automatic identification system (AIS) data, with important events detected as the data streams into Starboard. The data is updated every 2-10 minutes.

Hitchhiker pest risk (FSMC)

Arriving vessels are automatically flagged if they have previously visited risk areas during risk periods for the Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC).

More about hitchhiker pest risk assessments →

Delivery summary

May 2021

Radio frequency (RF) satellite data ingestion

RF data has a good cost to coverage ratio and low latency. We can now ingest multiple types of RF data in real-time and combine this with AIS data for dark vessel detection.

Delivery summary

Apr 2021

New map layers and styles

The ‘Show’ menu has been updated. Toggle between showing and hiding vessel tracks for viewing busier areas. Switch to a satellite basemap, helpful for viewing coastal areas. View AIS data points for selected vessels.

Delivery summary

Mar 2021

Hitchhiker pest risk (BMSB)

Arriving vessels are automatically flagged if they have previously visited risk areas during risk periods for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

More about hitchhiker pest risk assessments →

Explore on-water vessel networks

Explore and understand on-water vessel networks, through the automatic flagging of encounters—when two vessels meet at sea for at least 10 minutes.

More about encounters and track history →

Delivery summary

Feb 2021

User research with maritime analysts

We continued to hold user research sessions with maritime analysts and incorporated our learnings back into the software—from smaller interface improvements to planning for larger pieces of work.

Funding to develop anomaly detection algorithms

We started developing machine learning algorithms to detect anomalous vessel movements at sea, following funding received from the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

Beta testing

Dec 2020

Beta testing programme begins

We recruited a wide range of participants across the New Zealand Government, various NGOs and private companies who were then given access to Starboard. This enabled us to learn about their work, and how the analysis of maritime activity fits into that.

Delivery summary

Nov 2020

Satellite monitoring for small craft

We began persistent monitoring, using high-res optical satellite images, to detect small craft coming to Aotearoa New Zealand, which are potential vectors of Covid-19.

Automated Covid-19 risk assessments

In partnership with leading epidemiologists, we developed an epidemiological risk model which establishes the relative likelihood of crew having Covid-19 onboard vessels.

More about Covid-19 risk assessments →

Delivery summary

Oct 2020

Analysis to detect non-reporting small craft

We analysed historical small craft movements between the Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand to establish the best location and type of satellite data to use to detect non-reporting small craft.

Global vessel movements ingested and analysed

We started ingesting, analysing, and updating global vessel movements (via AIS data) every 24 hours.

Delivery summary

Sep 2020

Find vessels anywhere in the world by entering their MMSI, IMO, name, or call sign.

Improved user management

Invite multiple users from your organisation into Starboard, and manage what level of access they have.

Delivery summary

Jul 2020

Buying and processing global AIS data

To help nations understand and protect their maritime domain they must be able to analyse maritime activity globally. We purchased global historical AIS data from exactEarth and started processing it.

Starboard is born

Jun 2020

With a successful proof of concept, then real-time operation which generated valuable new intelligence, and gathered positive feedback we moved from an idea to a business.

Delivery summary

May 2020

Southern bluefin tuna operation in Tasman Sea

We ran a digital operation with the Ministry of Primary Industries in Aotearoa New Zealand looking at southern bluefin tuna over 1–14 May. We combined multiple data sources in real-time, including four types of satellite data to uncover a fleet of non-reporting ‘dark vessels’.

Delivery summary

Apr 2020

Ingest real-time AIS data for the Tasman Sea

Ingesting and analysing streaming AIS data direct from exactEarth for a chosen area of the Tasman Sea.

Delivery summary

Feb 2020

Processing pipeline for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data

We developed a processing pipeline to rapidly detect vessels in SAR data, and pass that to Starboard to be displayed to analysts in near real-time.

Delivery summary

Jan 2020

Real-time analysis interface

To support real-time operations we developed several real-time relevant aspects of Starboard, such as being able to see the speed, heading and location of multiple vessels in a chosen area at once.

Delivery summary

Dec 2019

Proof of concept finished

We finished a proof of concept web application, testing the integration of satellite data, coupled with automated analysis of AIS data to detect dark vessels on the high seas in between Fiji and Vanuatu.

Delivery summary

Nov 2019

Display sea surface temperature (SST) for chosen areas of the world

To help analysts understand which fish species vessels may be targeting we integrated SST data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which can be turned on and off as a map layer.

Integrated regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO) databases

To help analysts quickly check a vessel’s registration details we integrated RFMO data into Starboard, which could be viewed on the vessel details panel.