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 2021

Alerts when vessels enter and exit areas

Set and receive automated alerts when vessels enter and exit custom areas.
Coming soon

Fisheries database integration

View fishing activity by non-registered vessels, and check registration information through the integration of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) database.
Coming soon

Vessel watch lists

Create and maintain shared watch lists of vessels of interest, and see which vessels they interact with through on-water encounter analysis.

Detecting anomalous vessel activity

View automatically flagged anomalous vessel movements, based on a new machine learning algorithm developed in partnership with the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation.

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.

Biofouling risk assessment for vessels

See science-based estimates of biofouling severity for all arriving vessels. This will be based on a model combining a vessel’s history and marine ecosystem characteristics.

Past deliveries

Undo with the back button

13 Sep 2021
Recently delivered
You can now go back through the steps of your analysis with the browser back button. This includes any actions taken in the app, including changes in filters, selections of vessels or detections, and interactions on the map.

Clickable vessel tracks

2 Sep 2021
Recently delivered
Click on any vessel’s track to navigate to the point in time the vessel was in that location.

Multiple analysis panels

10 Aug 2021
Recently delivered

Analysis panels can now be kept in a collapsed state, allowing you to maintain the context of your analysis, while you explore selected vessels, detections, and measurements.

Multiple analysis options

Arrival estimation

6 Aug 2021
Recently delivered

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


Aug 2021
Recently delivered
Basemap additions including Galapagos marine reserve and global 12nm (territorial) and 24nm (contiguous zone).

Delivery summary

Jul 2021

Improved vessel reports

Vessel reports now include Covid-19 or hitchhiker pest risk information and event filtering so the vessel history can be dynamically changed in the report.

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.


If you lose a vessel on the map whilst moving the time scrubber quickly navigate to it by clicking the linked coordinates in the vessel’s left hand panel.

Zoom in and out even faster by selecting shift + scroll.

Viewing selected vessel details and long track histories has been dramatically sped up.

A new area of interest, the NZ EEZ, has been added to all relevant instances.

More data is now available in the .csv download with the addition of length and width.

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 (AGM)

Arriving vessels are automatically flagged if they have previously visited risk areas during risk periods for the Asian gypsy moth (AGM).

More about hitchhiker pest risk assessments →

Delivery summary

May 2021

Improved vessel lists

Quickly view a list of vessels on screen, what their previous port was, and what their relative risk is.

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.


Vessel dimensions are displayed in the vessel details panel.

Drag a .geojson file onto Starboard to display it on the map. This is great for quickly comparing an additional geospatial data source.

Download an exact list of vessels on your screen from the ‘show vessel list’ link on the analysis results panel.

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 →


Search for vessels by their International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number.

See more of the world in your analysis with the ability to zoom out further.

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.