Do MarineTraffic and research go hand in hand?

Just a few years ago, only ship owners, managers and authorities were capable of tracking vessels on their long voyages across the seas. It was research collaboration among global academics and the development of existing Information & Communication Technology (ICT) that enabled the creation of an improved tracking service which was, then, made available to a wider public.

That service would soon become MarineTraffic.

Motivated by its core values, MarineTraffic collaborates with and supports academic research, development and innovation. We are committed to driving research from the lab to the open market. We keep trying to improve and develop new services that result in the expansion of knowledge, push technology boundaries to their limits and help towards the solution of meaningful problems. Also, through collaborative relations with research centres and academic institutions, we foster the exchange of innovative ideas and solutions to real-world industry challenges.

Our expertise lies in building computing systems and products with an ethos that prioritises applied research towards market needs over impractical solutions. We collaborate with leading organisations, research centres and universities across disciplines and traditional borders by applying beyond the state of the art ICT solutions to real problems emerging in shipping and the wider transportation industry. At present, we are focusing our research efforts on the following areas:

  • Building services capable of extracting the value of Big Data in the shipping, marine and transport industry, which include a range of analytics - from descriptive to predictive and prescriptive.
  • Building intelligent systems capable of supporting stakeholder decision-making in light of vessel autonomy.
  • Developing solutions capable of tracking numerous characteristics and managing collections of objects at a massive scale.
  • Addressing the maritime insecurity issues through increased surveillance and awareness.
  • Increasing the security and integrity of vessel tracking and monitoring systems.

Furthermore, we are interested in applied and theoretical research in the areas of innovative systems architecture for the future Internet of Things, Transport Systems, Geographical Information Systems, hardware sensors and low power computing, vessel and route efficiency, port optimization and others.