How Oceanbolt use Dynamic AIS to detect bulk trade at ports
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How Oceanbolt use Dynamic AIS to detect bulk trade at ports

Intelligence Platform Provider, Oceanbolt, leverages Dynamic AIS to deliver real time insights into global dry bulk trade flows

Oceanbolt’s success story

Oceanbolt, a company delivering real-time insights into global dry bulk trade flows, uses satellite and terrestrial AIS data in combination with their unique set of global port polygons to analyze and visualize dry bulk cargo flows. Their intelligence platform allows their customers to see both global aggregates on trade flows, as well as drilling down on the individual vessel level to see port arrivals and departures based on when a vessel enters or leaves a polygon. Oceanbolt depends on the accuracy of AIS messages to process their raw data into actionable insights for their customers.

The challenge

Dry bulk ports are often busy with a high number of vessels entering and exiting at any one time. These high traffic zones complicate terrestrial and satellite AIS messages causing message collison which results in lost ships and data gaps. These gaps in data challenged Oceanbolt’s ability to provide real time trade flow data, particularly in the South China Sea. AIS data message gaps in high traffic zones is a common challenge in the maritime industry. When gaps around a port or berth occur, Oceanbolt can’t provide customers with a complete record, therefore bulk trades can go unrecorded.

The solution

Oceanbolt added Dynamic AIS data to their satellite AIS feed mix as a solution to solve the data gaps they were experiencing. Without Dynamic AIS, much of the AIS data in busy port areas would be missing. Dynamic AIS delivers unprecedented data in areas known for AIS data gaps, like the South China Sea and the English Channel. Oceanbolt has many customers wanting to visualize dry bulk cargo dataflows and the South China Sea where they relied on AIS data.

 

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“After we integrated D-AIS into our internal AIS geospatial processing algorithms, we have seen a 4% uplift in port call detection for the dry bulk fleet. This is paramount for us to track global dry bulk trade with as high accuracy as possible.”

Mads Schou-AndreasenMads Schou-Andreasen, CEO, and Co-founder, Oceanbolt

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The results

Increase in port calls

Dynamic AIS helps Oceanbolt track world trade with a level of accuracy their customers can depend on to make operational decisions with confidence.
Oceanbolt achieved a 4% uplift in global port call detection using Dynamic AIS. They can pass these improved analytics on to their customers in the form of more accurate geospatial processing algorithms.

As you can see from the chart below, all major observed reasons saw an uplift with South East Asia and West Mediterranean being the most significant.

Increase by region

 
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How Oceanbolt use Dynamic AIS to detect bulk trade at ports

Intelligence Platform Provider, Oceanbolt, leverages Dynamic AIS to deliver real time insights into global dry bulk trade flows

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