The maritime industry has long understood the value of using data and analytics to bring more transparency and drive efficiency in the market. More and more companies around the world are investing in maritime analytics to understand global trade, optimise ship operations, gain full visibility for their cargo, and increase port operations efficiency.
The growing demand for advanced and smarter solutions in the maritime and shipping world has been followed by a growing number of maritime technology companies that realise the urgent need for innovation, looking for ways to enhance their data offerings and develop more advanced solutions. These new technologies and maritime intelligence aim to help better address inefficiencies and simplify some of the most complex challenges of the maritime industry.
At MarineTraffic, the go-to source for global ship tracking and maritime intelligence, we have been at the heart of this transformation. We are constantly exploring ways to expand our products, making sure we use the best, most up-to-date technologies, and improving on already existing MarineTraffic products.
“We are passionate about transforming the shipping industry through technology and we are dedicated to leaving no waters uncharted in the ship tracking and maritime analytics space,” says Nicola Perobelli, Head of Marketing at MarineTraffic.
“We continue to develop maritime analytics, products and added-value solutions, always with the customer in mind,” Nicola added.
Focused on addressing real-life challenges leveraging the power of analytics, some of our latest maritime analytics solutions enable real-time visibility for the supply chain, next-level ship operations and advanced port analytics.
Over the past years, we have seen the maritime digitalisation landscape changing, embracing the power of analytics and creating new opportunities.
So what’s new in the maritime analytics space?
We created a short list to highlight some of the many startups in the global maritime analytics space, in no particular order. Each of these startups brings its own unique approach to maritime analytics, and each has the potential to make a significant impact in the industry. From port digitalisation to fleet emissions reporting, advanced water safety solutions, vessel utilisation, and carrier reliability analytics, here are the five startups to watch.
Established two years ago, Athens-based Harbor Lab provides an innovative software for shipping companies helping them optimise their DA (Disbursements Accounting) processes, and increase efficiency through instant port cost calculations. Powered by advanced analytics and algorithms and by combining information from a vast database, their online platform aims to increase visibility across port cost management and automate key processes of the back-office administration.
Founded in 2020 in the US, this startup provides a maritime emissions optimisation platform, aiming to help reduce environmental footprint and deliver a cleaner NetZero future for the maritime industry. Sailplan’s intelligent navigation platform enables users to track, report and reduce ship emissions using real-time data.
Using big data and machine learning algorithms, Fregata Space offers a water safety monitoring SaaS platform. Founded in 2020, the Spanish startup aims to identify, monitor and control pollutants in water bodies through multiple data sets, including satellite imagery and other data sources.
FreightFlows is a maritime company that offers predictive analytics for traders, shippers, owners and brokers. Their Predictive Maritime Intelligence Platform integrates analytics, big data modelling, and machine learning, and is focused on projecting commercial ship operations to optimise chartering, operations and vessel utilisation. The company was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in the US.
The Copenhagen-based startup eeSea started in 2016 and is providing visibility and predictive analysis for the global container shipping industry. By combining multiple data sources, historical data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), their platform offers vessel tracking and forecasting, carrier reliability analytics, liner schedule information, along with market intelligence on global liner services and ports and terminals.
The perception that maritime is a quite traditional industry and well known for being slow to change is starting to fade away, as we see new technologies and startups entering the global maritime analytics market each year.