We’re constantly delivering small and large improvements to Starboard. We update this page as changes are made, so check back again for the latest updates.
GFCM fishing register integration–25 May 2023
The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Regional Fleet Register has been integrated into Starboard.
AIS data source displayed–16 May 2023
AIS data points are now coloured to indicate the AIS data source and a new pop-up displays more details. Read more about different AIS data sources →
CCAMLR fishing register integration–15 May 2023
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) List of Authorised Vessels Record Vessels has been integrated into Starboard.
New fishing registers integrated–12 May 2023
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), and Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) have all now been integrated into Starboard.
Vessel type is now also updated with subtype from these registers for around 11,000 vessels. Read more about how vessel subtypes work →
Similar to other fishing register integrations this can help speed up analysis with external information directly available in Starboard. The vessel register and vessel type can also be used for filtering in the analysis panel and as part of the advanced filters.
Fishing registrations now appear as a clickable green tag
When creating measurements, the last distance or speed unit you used will be remembered and displayed as the default option when you next use the measurement tool
New option to hide selected vessel names which can be helpful when lots of vessels are selected for analysis
The buoy icon has been updated to make buoys easier to distinguish on the amp
Updates to Hitchhiker pest to reflect new risk periods for the Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC) 2023 season
Updated name of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) to Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC)
Tracks for buoys are no longer shown when there long time period of missing AIS
Improvements to rendering for areas of interest and also temporary areas that are added using a .geojson
The vessels entered from a foreign port would occasionally miss some vessels. This has been fixed
Adding notes to vessel tags–26 April 2023
Notes can now be added to tags on vessels to provide further information about vessels or the reason a vessel is being tagged. A tag on a vessel can have multiple notes and these can either be added when vessels are tagged or later on. Read more about organising vessels with tags and notes →
SPRFMO fishing register integration–24 April 2023
The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) Record of Vessels has been integrated into Starboard. Vessel type is now also updated with subtype from SPRFMO. Read more about how vessel subtypes work →
Similar to other fishing register integrations this can help speed up analysis with external information directly available in Starboard. The vessel register and vessel type can also be used for filtering in the analysis panel and as part of the advanced filters.
Vessel subtypes from FFA and IOTC–18 April 2023
Vessel type is now updated with a subtype from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) List of Vessels in Good Standing and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) Record of Authorised Vessels. This information is available for advanced filtering, for example, to identify fishing vessels and fish carriers in an area. Read more about how vessel subtypes work →
We are continuing to update vessel details with information from other RFMO registers and additional RFMO vessel registers will be integrated soon.
Change to filters for setting areas–18 April 2023
Filters for setting area and vessel movement have been merged. Now when you want to choose to view vessels in set area or entered area from a foreign port you can do this at the same time as choosing your area of interest.
If you have many areas available, you will also see a search box to make it easier to find the one you are looking for.
You can now also highlight areas of interest on the basemap, which is great for when you are analysing multiple areas of interest. Read more about basemap layers →
AIS provider and data centre upgrade–13 April 2023
We have upgraded our AIS data to include new sources of AIS data. We have also taken this opportunity to make changes that reduce our data centre's carbon usage.
Before the 12th of March all data will remain the same, while data from March 12th onwards will include the new data sources. With this change, we have seen an increase of around 11% in the number of vessels tracked in some congested areas.
If you're interested in learning more about the different types of AIS data sources, we have put together a short guide →
Vessel tags and information about which regional fisheries management organisations (RFMO) a vessel is authorised to fish with are now available in the vessel report.
Taiwanese Authorised Vessels are now included for the IOTC.
The links to view WCPFC records have been updated to direct to the new WCPFC online database.
Journey information in vessel lists–22 March 2023
The vessel list now includes a summary for each vessel of all the events that have occurred since it last left a port. This is helpful for quickly assessing vessels in your analysis.
The frequency of key events and time at sea can also be used to sort the vessel list for prioritisation.
Hide or show tags–16 March 2023
The manage tags page (available under Tagged vessels) now allows you to show or hide tags. Useful for hiding tags that may be less relevant to your current work.
Combined CPI score for port visits–9 March 2023
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. A breakdown of countries or territories visited and their corresponding CPI scores is also included. 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 →
Detections for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) have been simplified to either low or high confidence of a vessel being detected.
New global tag
Global tags bring together various vessel lists around the world. The new OFAC: sanctioned vessels global tag identifies vessels that are blacklisted due to illicit activity and/or links to sanctioned owners or countries listed in the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list, published by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). More about using global tags to find noteworthy vessels →
IOTC fishing registers integration
The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) record of currently authorised vessels has been integrated into Starboard. Similar to other fishing register integrations this can help speed up analysis with external information directly available in Starboard. The vessel register can also be used for filtering both in the analysis panel and as part of the advanced filters.
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 Vessels in Good Standing integration
Records from the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) List of Vessels in Good Standing are available to view for vessels. This can help in two distinct ways, firstly to speed up analysis with the information directly available in Starboard.
The vessel register can also be used for filtering both in the analysis panel and as part of the advanced filters.
Vessel type is now updated with a subtype from the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Record of Fishing Vessels. This information is available for advanced filtering, for example, to identify transshipments between tuna longliners and fish carriers in an area. Read more about how vessel subtypes work →
It's the first of other vessel detail updates to come. More vessel details will be updated using WCPFC, and other RFMO vessel registers will be integrated in the future.
Increased the maximum number of vessels that can be selected to 600.
Improvements to make setting a time for analysis easier.
Improvements to vessel matching mean more vessels in the RFMO registers are matched to Starboard with fewer false positives. In future, we will integrate more RFMO registers and update changes to these in Starboard more frequently. Read more about how vessel matching works →
A new encounter section has been added to the vessel report this makes it easier to assess the on-water relationship between vessels.
Anomalous movements are no longer in beta.
Following feedback from users on our beta release of anomalous movements, we have been working to reduce the detection of false anomalies. A difference between the dataset used for training the model and the live AIS dataset in Starboard has been identified as a source of these. We have retrained the model on an aligned dataset and backfilled the anomalous movements. You may notice some vessels which had anomalous movement now no longer do.
Dropping a .geojson file on the map was not always supported by the browser. This is now fixed.
To make it easier to find the right vessel when you are searching, new filter options have been introduced. These can help to narrow your search by which identifier you are using, flag state, or vessel type and can be really useful when lots of vessels are returned for a search.
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 uncover hidden relationships and identify noteworthy vessels. Read more about how vessel networks work →
Anomalous movements (beta)
If a vessel makes unusual changes to its course such as unexpected deceleration and orientation changes, a new machine learning based algorithm will flag this event in the vessel's history and on the map. In addition, if a vessel is taking an uncommon route through an area, this will be flagged as an anomalous vessel movement event.
Anomalous movements are based on the GeoTrackNet model and can provide you with a new lens for filtering vessels and finding vessels that require further investigation. More about how anomalous movements work →
Vessel details are now automatically updated from a combination of different AIS static message types. This will also reduce the number of vessels with no name and those with vessel type of unknown.
New information included in alert emails including vessel tags, flag state, and vessel type.
Advanced filtering now includes unknown flags.
Flag state counts are now available in the analysis results when viewing the fishing analysis type. This can be useful to quickly see how many vessels from each flag state are registered or non-registered in the area on the screen.
The analysis results panel has been simplified by removing the option to hide/show filters on subcategories. For example, when viewing biosecurity risk, vessels with a risk, low risk or unknown risk can be hidden using the eye symbol. The subcategory information of vessel type and flag state can no longer be filtered in this way. This detailed filtering is still possible by using add filter at the top. If you have saved URL links with the hide/show filtering you will need to update them after recreating your filters.
Vessels new to the Starboard database are now marked as unknown hitchhiker pest risk rather than low risk.
The Covid-19 relative risk assessment has been removed from Starboard. Strategies for the management of Covid-19 for New Zealand and the Pacific have changed substantially in 2022 due to the Omicron strain. As a result this analysis type no longer provides value for the majority of users.
Removing overlapping fishing and anomalous movement events. Fishing events were not intended to be considered by anomaly detection because fishing manoeuvres are incredibly varied.
Global seamounts added to the basemap
The global distribution of over 30,000 seamounts has been added to the basemap. This can provide useful context for fishing activity.
New area measurement tool
A new area based measurement tool means temporary areas can be drawn on the map and the size of the area evaluated. If needed these can be revisited by keeping a bookmark of the URL.
A new percentage based loading indicator to help you know how much of the vessel data has been downloaded.
Satellite acquisition areas for radio frequency (RF) collections are now shown with black shading. This makes the collection area clearer when it is near land and in busy areas.
Vessel tags are now accessible from the analysis panel.
Satellite collections for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and optical now display more accurately across the antimeridian line.
Vessel track history now responds to changes in the timeline–15 September 2022
The vessel track history is now highlighted to reflect the event or journey. This occurs when moving the timeline or clicking on a vessel's track.
Improved filtering of corrupt AIS data
When a new vessel position is received that is impossibly far away from a vessel's previously reported position a new vessel is created in Starboard. This usually occurs due to poor quality AIS messages, faulty transponders or corrupt messages. New filtering of corrupt messages means the volume of these duplicate vessels will decrease in Starboard.
Improved buoy detection
Buoys are now being detected and classified automatically during ingestion of AIS data. Previously they were only identified and classified sporadically, e.g. every month. Buoys are detected using a series of logical expressions to check the AIS reported name, callsign, vessel type, length, width, and other parameters. Buoys can be viewed by turning on the buoy data layer.
Vessel names now pop up when you hover on their track. This occurs when you are zoomed into a small area or when you have multiple vessels selected. This is particularly useful when there are lots of tracks or the vessel is no longer visible on the screen.
Vessel tags can now be applied to an unlimited number of vessels. Previously this was limited to 500.
The base map has been updated to show non-coastal country borders.
Tags are now shown in the vessel information panel when multiple vessels are selected.
If a vessel is currently in port there will no longer be an end time which previously made it look as though the vessel may have left the port when it had not.
An issue with missing hitchhiker pests risks was identified and fixed.
Russian ports west of 129E are no longer treated as FSMC risk ports.
Fishing classifier moves closer to real-time
The fishing classifier is now processed hourly and potential fishing events that have occurred as recently as four and a half hours ago can be classified. This moves the classification of fishing events closer to real-time as it was previously updated daily and based on a rolling seven day period. This update also enables vessel journeys, that are classified as fishing, to be treated appropriately for future Starboard algorithms and analysis.
New advanced filter options
Advanced filters now have the option to exclude events, flag states, vessel types and flags. This gives added flexibility when analysing activity in an area.
Vessels can now be tagged to create lists of vessels and fleets that your organisation needs to keep track of. When vessels are tagged, the tag is added to the vessel history at the current time and location of the vessel. The user who assigned the tag is also noted. This means tags can help manage processes like vessel assessments, inspection, and surveillance planning. More about vessel tags →
Significant speed improvements when panning across the map.
Event icons on the map can now be toggled on and off. This can be useful if event icons are obscuring other items on the map such as vessel tracks or AIS data points.
The calendar year is now included in the timeline scrubber. This is useful when viewing long histories of vessels over multiple years.
Encounters are no longer recorded when they occur within a port area. Any historical encounters in a port area have also been removed. This affects only those that are 10km or more from shore as encounters out to 10km have never been recorded.
Improvements to the rendering of SAR imagery in Starboard. Although this does not impact the automated detections it improves our ability to manually review detections for quality assurance.
Flag states with the same country alpha-2 code are no longer grouped in the filtering options. For example, Alaska is now separate from United States.
The new default setting for viewing a vessel’s event history is to group events between port visits, making it easier to analyse a vessel’s journey and identify noteworthy activity. The original method of viewing events chronologically can still be accessed by sorting events by time as opposed to by journey
The fishing registers integration is visible on the vessel list. It is also now included in downloads of the vessel list and the track history events.
New wind velocity layer provides context for a vessel's movements. Like other oceanographic layers, wind is associated with a vessel and available in the vessel details panel. More about weather map layers →
Analysis preferences are remembered from your previous Starboard sessions. This means analysis can be picked up right where you left it with things like zoom, analysis type, filters and selected areas all being retrieved.
Missing FSMC port risks restored.
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 a vessel and are available in the vessel details panel. More about weather map layers →
Vessel risk improvements for hitchhiker pests
When a vessel has visited a New Zealand port the vessel's risk is reset to low. The loading speed of the hitchhiker vessel risk analysis has been greatly improved.
Alert emails have been improved with alerts now displayed from newest to oldest and multiple alerts for the same vessel now grouped together.
Improvements to vessel search to better manage duplicate vessels and poor quality AIS data
New areas of interest, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysian EEZs, have been added to all relevant instances.
Focus analysis on a single vessel–even when multiple vessels are still selected– with blur added to non-focus vessels. This is particularly useful in busy areas or during complex analysis.
Starboard is now working for those using Firefox in private mode.
WCPFC fishing registers integration
The Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Record of Fishing Vessels has been integrated into Starboard. This can be useful in two distinct ways:
Firstly analysis is sped up as vessel register information is available directly in Starboard.
Secondly, the vessel register can be used for filtering both in the analysis panel and as part of the advanced filters.
Updates to the calendar to generally make it easier to navigate and to include a new option to jump to a selected year and/or month.
Downloads can now be cancelled and the vessel list download now uses the download modal, making multiple types (CSV and KML) of vessel list downloads easier.
Alerts have been extended with the ability to set an alert for any chosen vessel. This is helpful for knowing when a particular vessel exits or enters your area of interest. For example, you could set an alert if any vessel on a watchlist enters your EEZ.
Vessel downloads have been enhanced with a new download modal. This is particularly helpful when multiple types of downloads, or when downloads for several vessels, are needed. Downloads include vessel lists, vessel tracks and vessel events. File types are CSV and KML where appropriate.
A new line based measurement tool that includes both travelling time–based on configurable vessel speed–and distance.
Holding shift and dragging a rectangle will now deselect vessels. More shortcuts and hotkeys →
Some vessels were not being found in vessel search. This has been fixed and the search results improved overall.
Mobile users can now filter events in the track history.
Geofencing with alerts
Any area of interest can now be turned into a geofence by setting alerts for when vessels enter or exit them.
You can customise your alerts based on how frequently you would like to receive them, who they should be sent to and if they should be for all vessels entering the area or just those coming from a foreign port.
You can see all the alerts set for your organisation and can choose to subscribe to existing alerts that may be relevant for you.
Once an alert is set and a vessel triggers this alert, the event will be added to a vessel's history.
Port boundaries map layer
Port boundaries are used when defining a port anchorage or visit and we have now added these boundaries as a map layer. This can be useful for understanding which location has triggered a port visit event and is part of our ongoing work to enhance our ports database.
The vessel selection panel now also includes the vessel risk, vessel type, MMSI and IMO number.
18 new areas of interest, throughout the Pacific, have been added to all relevant instances.
New areas of interest, the Uruguay EEZ and Joint Regime Area Argentina/Uruguay, have been added to all relevant instances.
Upgraded detection downloads with the addition of .csv downloads and enhancements to the .kml downloads.
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 if you are using Google Earth for additional data sources such as VMS.
New area of interest, the Tuvalu EEZ, has been added to all relevant instances.
Radio frequency (RF) satellite detections no longer include medium confidence yellow detections. This reflects the binary outcome of RF—there is either a detection or no detection.
Individual users can choose which timezone they want to use and the selected timezone is reflected immediately throughout the application including in all downloads.
Basemap addition of all Fisheries Management Areas (FMA) in New Zealand.
When adding a .geojson file to the map the map will automatically zoom to the bounds of the .geojson.
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—time, duration and coordinates. In the case of port visits, this also includes the port name and territory. In the case of encounters, this also includes information on the vessel encountered.
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.
Several speed improvements.
Vessel coordinates are now included when you download a list of vessels.
The format for coordinates in all downloads continues to be decimal degrees but now also includes N/E/S/W notation. This formatting is readily accepted by popular geospatial platforms.
The map will automatically zoom in or out to area bounds when switching between areas. This is useful when switching from large to small areas and vice versa.
Improvement to vessel selection shortcut—holding shift and dragging a rectangle—if vessel tracks are on any vessel that has been through the area is selected, if vessel tracks are not selected only visible vessels in the area at the time are selected.
Holding shift and dragging a rectangle will now select all the vessels that have a track inside the rectangle. More shortcuts and hotkeys →
AIS class has been added to the vessel information. If known this will display either class 'A' or class 'B'. This refers to the type of onboard AIS transponder the vessel has.
The relativity of the Covid-19 risk assessment is now calculated monthly. This reflects the increasing speed at which the overall risk of Covid-19 has changed. There is now more risk of a vessel having Covid-19 on board. The immediate impact will be fewer vessels flagged as relative high or medium risk. More about the Covid-19 relative risk assessment →
Improvements have been made to the vessel search. This includes duplicate results being filtered out and the order of results improved.
Vessel information which includes name, type and flag has been updated to match the latest information from exactEarth.
Around 70k buoys have been identified and reclassified from vessel to buoy.
New areas of interest, the Australian EEZ, Great Barrier Reef and Poor Knights in New Zealand, have been added to all relevant instances.
Some design changes to our filtering user interface as we prepare for the release of geofencing alerts and advanced filters.
Map layers and map styles have been moved to a new layers icon as we prepare for the release of geofencing alerts and advanced filters.
AIS data point .csv downloads for a vessel are fixed. Speeds of zero knots are printed with a zero instead of an empty cell.
Click on any vessel’s track to navigate to the point in time the vessel was in that location. More shortcuts and hotkeys →
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.
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 →
Basemap additions including Galapagos marine reserve and global 12nm (territorial) and 24nm (contiguous zone).
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.
Event list filtering
Filter track history in the left hand panel and in reports to quickly find events relevant to your analysis.
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. More about using measurement circles →
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. More shortcuts and hotkeys →
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.
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.
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 →
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. More about uncovering dark vessels with additional RF data →
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. More about using a .geojson →
Download an exact list of vessels on your screen from the ‘show vessel list’ link on the analysis results panel.
Improved vessel lists, quickly view a list of vessels on screen, what their previous port was, and what their relative risk is.
New map layers and styles
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.
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.
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.
February 2021 and earlier