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.

Recently Delivered

Enhancements–December 2022

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.

November 2022

Improved search

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.

Bug fix

Removing overlapping fishing and anomalous movement events. Fishing events were not intended to be considered by anomaly detection because fishing manoeuvres are incredibly varied.

October 2022

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.

Bug fix

  • Satellite collections for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and optical now display more accurately across the antimeridian line.

September 2022

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.

Bug fix

  • 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 AGM risk ports.

August 2022

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.

Vessel tags

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.

Bug fix

  • 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.

July 2022

Journey analysis

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.

June 2022

Wind velocity

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.

Bug fix

  • Missing AGM port risks restored.

May 2022

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.

Bug fix

  • Starboard is now working for those using Firefox in private mode.

April 2022

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.

Learn more: How fishing register integrations are reflected in the app and how they works.


  • 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.

March 2022

Vessel alerts

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

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.

Line measurement

A new line based measurement tool that includes both travelling time–based on configurable vessel speed–and distance.


Bug fix

  • 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.

February 2022

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.

January 2022

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.

December 2021

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.

November 2021

Advanced filtering

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.

October 2021


  • 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.

Bug fix

  • AIS data point .csv downloads for a vessel are fixed. Speeds of zero knots are printed with a zero instead of an empty cell.

September 2021


  • 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.

August 2021

Arrival estimation

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.

July 2021

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. 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.

June 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 →

May 2021

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.

April 2021

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.

March 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.


  • 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

More from February 2021 and earlier →

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