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Good decisions are based on clear insight

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Professionals in shipping, finance, insurance and law need more than great data. They need insight that cuts through the noise and helps them make confident decisions that drive the safe, efficient and lawful movement of trade by sea.
Our insight brings to light patterns of vessel behaviour that could raise compliance concerns or reveal opportunities for greater operational efficiency. Risks are calculated automatically with additional context that isn't readily visible at a glance. Both normal and abnormal behaviour are quickly understood and evidenced. Voyage inefficiencies can be corrected when potential delays are predicted and highlighted.
These are just some of the ways in which we bring transparency to over 60,000 professionals around the globe every day.

What Our Customers Say

The reporting and analysis are clear and very transparent. These [credit] reports give us the guidance we’re seeking. They’re clearly experts in what they do and that helps us to trust in the service they provide us. With that trust you can move forward with confidence.

Lukoil Marine Lubricants Seasearcher Credit Reports Customer

We subscribe to Seasearcher because we heard many banks were on it. Time spent (by our trade finance team) on searches has drastically reduced, and the team is now able to access the information they need more quickly. There are fewer delays with processing and checking our documents.

Leading Asian Bank Seasearcher Customer

Saving time by knowing that you are constantly updating information and that we can get real time updates on the spot is a key benefit.

Inchape South Africa Seasearcher Customer

how we do it

We bring together near-real-time and historical data on vessel movements, characteristics, ownership, sanctions, casualties and ports into one place. Over one trillion data points in our expertly managed database are constantly verified and contextualised with the use of AI and machine learning models.

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550k

vessels classes A and B

60k

ports, terminals and berths

327m+

validated vessel positions monthly

6m+

confirmed port calls a year


A unique mix of digital and in-person data collection


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Around 440m Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages are ingested daily. Most are captured via terrestrial receivers while other important AIS data from deep sea tracks and busy lanes are captured by satellite partners. Even more data is captured via shipborne receivers and our exclusive access to Lloyd’s Agents stationed at ports and along coastlines around the globe. 

Terrestrial network: Around 440m AIS messages from terrestrial receipt are ingested daily by 2200 receivers strategically located in ports and along coastlines across the globe. About one-quarter of the receivers are owned and managed by us, bringing in exclusive AIS data to our database. The rest are operated by trusted partners with 95% uptime Service Level Agreements. 

Satellite network: Our partners Orbcomm and Spire provide complementary AIS data capture services using their satellite networks, bringing in around 51m AIS messages daily

Orbcomm’s low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites and 16 ground relay stations around the world means that we benefit from their exceptional ability to capture AIS from vessels in deep sea tracks.

Spire Global’s nano-satellite constellation has particular visibility of vessel positions in high traffic zones such as the South China Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Spire Dynamic AIS, a shipborne AIS receiver service that consolidates AIS signals from nearby vessels and transmits them via satellite links, reduces the risk of data loss in high traffic zones.

Lloyd’s Agents: Our exclusive access to the network of over 500 Lloyd's Agents positioned in 170 countries gives us insight directly from ports across the globe. The Agents, mostly located in high-traffic ports, provide on-the-ground information to verify positions and port callings as well as create fresh and exclusive data when AIS signals aren't available or have been switched off. Over 25,000 port calls annually are provided by Lloyd’s Agents that aren't available through any other means. This brings even more data to our customers that can’t be obtained elsewhere.

Our expertly managed database transforms our data into actionable insight

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Billions of data points flow into our expertly managed database for verification and contextualization with the use of AI to transform it into actionable analytics.

Automated

  • Advanced algorithms designed by experts to rapidly disseminate, match and verify data
  • Artificial intelligence creating advanced context around behaviour, its implications and risks

In-person

  • Industry expertise delivering analytics that are relevant and insightful
  • Analytical expertise devising methodologies that achieve optimal analytical results

Our data is transformed into data feeds, analytics, tools, reports, ratings and alerts that cut through the noise and help thousands of professionals get a clear view of risk, monitor maritime trade, and seize opportunities.

 

Our database is constantly updated and growing



We use only official and professional sources of vessel characteristics and ownership information. We have over 150 trusted sources including 60 commercial registries, 40 flag state registries, 20 class societies which include IACS members and P&I clubs, as well as other official bureaus that issue results of surveys, inspections, and other documentation.

Our analysts disseminate incoming vessel characteristics and ownership information, validate it against known data from independent sources, and verify any changes that should be made.

 

  • 8,000 vessel characteristics updated each month
  • 700+ vessel name changes each month
  • 700+ flag changes each month
  • 10k ownership details changed month
  • 86k+ ownership validation reviews each month

With geospatial mapping of over 60k ports, sub-ports, anchorages, terminals and berths, our data provides pinpoint accuracy of movements within ports and places, bringing even more insight into historical and real-time operations as vessels are loaded, unloaded, serviced or waiting at anchor.

 

ALL GOVERNED BY OUR DATA QUALITY FRAMEWORK

 

Our processes for data collection, cleansing, enhancements, and output are all governed through COACT. This ensures that everything we do with the data meets and is measured against the same high standards on a continual basis.

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Consistency: Our methodologies use strict rules and defined tolerances to manage consistency

  • Over 440m AIS data messages received daily are all subject to rigorous verification and enhancement

Origin: Our data is built on the most reliable inputs from our own exclusive sources and partners that we trust

  • Our hierarchy of 3,000 trusted data sources creates the complete and accurate view
  • One-quarter of our 2,200 terrestrial receivers are owned and managed by us
  • We receive exclusive data from 500 Lloyd’s Agents across the globe

Accuracy: We are constantly monitoring and improving our data sets, removing anomalies, driving accuracy and increasing precision

  • 327m vessel positions are validated monthly
  • 8,000 vessel characteristics changes each month
  • 1,400 vessel name and flag changes each month

Completeness: Our extensive data coverage forms the full picture of maritime trade activities, fleet and vessel operations and the infrastructure of the entire industry.

  • 100% data coverage of the active commercial fleet
  • 600k vessels across all lifecycles

Timeliness: Automated data processing and validation ensure our data is current and quickly accessible

  • Data is typically published a few minutes after receipt for vessel movements and sanctions reports, less than 30 minutes for casualties alerts 24/7/365, and less than 60 minutes for vessel characteristics.
  • If new data contains inconsistencies, most can be researched and verified 24 to 48 hours later.

All of this gives you

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A single view of the complete global fleet

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Validated and updated vessel characteristics, positions, statuses and behaviours

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Unique analytical insight with context and evidence

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AI-driven verification and context around behaviour and probable dark activity

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Alerts for specific location, risk, vessel and activity monitoring

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A clear view of maritime trade, risk, and opportunities