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Good decisions are based on clear insight

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Professionals in shipping, commodities, finance, insurance and law need more than great data. They need data and insight that cuts through the noise and tells them what they need to know.
Our customers need advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to bring to light patterns of behaviour that could raise concern or reveal commercial opportunities. They need risks calculated automatically with additional context that isn’t readily visible at a glance, reducing the need to spend hours or days of research to draw the right conclusions.
This is the kind of actionable insight we offer 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

We are the maritime experts

As the trusted expert partner for almost 300 years, we bring you the complete view of maritime data for vessels and fleets, movements and behaviours, and incidents.

Our expertly managed maritime database, contains over one trillion data points that are constantly verified and contextualised with the use of AI. It is at the core of our suite of online tools and data feeds that help thousands of professionals save time collating and interpreting maritime data to get a clear view of risk, monitor maritime trade and seize opportunities.

Real-time and historical data on vessel characteristics, movements, ownership, sanctions, casualties, as well as ports and places come together in one place to form the complete picture of maritime trade around the globe.

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424k+

vessels classes A and B

32k+

ports, terminals and berths

220m+

validated vessel positions daily

5m+

confirmed port callings a year


Our vessel movements data is captured from a unique mix of digital and in-person means


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Around 360m+ Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages are ingested daily. Most are captured via terrestrial receivers, but 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 around the globe.

Terrestrial network: AIS data is captured by land-based receivers in optimal locations along coastlines, in 4400 ports and places, covering all the major trading ports in the world. About a quarter of the 2200 receivers are owned and managed by us, bringing in exclusive AIS data to our database. The other receivers are operated by trusted partners. Our terrestrial network collects most of the AIS data for our database – around 300m AIS messages ingested dailyAll receivers are held to 95% uptime SLAs, so if they come offline, they are inspected and brought back online quickly.

Satellite network: Our partners Orbcomm and Spire provide complementary AIS data capture services using their satellite networks.

Since 2009 we have partnered with pioneer Orbcomm which uses their low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites and 16 ground relay stations around the world, benefitting from their exceptional ability to capture AIS from vessels in deep sea tracks.

In October 2019 we formed a partnership with Spire Global, which uses a nano-satellite constellation with particular visibility of vessel positions in high traffic zones such as the South China Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. In 2021 we integrated Spire Dynamic AIS, a shipborne AIS receiver service that consolidates AIS signals from nearby vessels and transmits them via satellite links, reducing the risk of data loss in high traffic zones such as the South China Sea.

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 24,000 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.

 

  • 52k+ vessel characteristics updated each month
  • 600+ vessel name changes each month
  • 600+ flag changes each month
  • 9k ownership details researched and updated each month
  • 22k vessel specifications are updated each month

Our terrestrial AIS receiver network grows by five new receivers each month, adding more AIS data and enhancing its overall accuracy, not just for vessel positions but to verify and update other pieces of information. AIS messages contain call sign, vessel name, and cargo type. If any of this data has recently changed for any vessel, we can capture it, verify it, and update our records.

 

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 350m data points 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 2400 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

  • 207m vessel movements and over 13k port callings validated daily
  • 52k+ vessel characteristics changes each month
  • 1000+ vessel name and flag changes researched and validated 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
  • Almost half a million vessels across classes A and B tracked

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

  • Data is published in a few minutes 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