The SHIPTRACK project (NFR contract #326609) is a co-operation between shipping researchers at NHH/SNF, satellite data experts at UiT The Arctic University of Norway campus Narvik, remote sensing startup VAKE.ai, Equinor, shipping companies Utkilen and Western Bulk, and the Bergen Shipowners' Association.
The project is highly interdisciplinary and aims to develop new knowledge from fusing satellite (optical and radar) and AIS data. The project intends to develop novel methods for the automated tracking of ships (during gaps or faulty AIS transmissions) and the extraction of metadata such as speed and loading condition from optical satellite data. Combined with new methods for the classification of commodity types and monitoring of stored volumes (both liquid and dry bulk) using remote sensing, this creates a very powerful tool for increasing visibility in the commodity supply chains and bulk freight markets. In terms of impacts, the project results contribute to better spatial resource allocation for bulk commodities, for instance by reducing uncertainty in restocking decisions, demand estimates and transportation planning.
Improved ship tracking also facilitates safer and more efficient transportation and the prevention of potential of illegal and harmful activities. The project is financed by the Norwegian research council, with a grant of ~16 million NOK total over 4 years. In Narvik one PhD student has already been employed within optical remote sensing.
Postdoc available within the project on Remote Sensing - interferometric SAR04.02.2022
SHIPTRACK has just announced a postdoc within Remote Sensing - interferometric SAR located at UiT in Narvik
Equinor joins as part of the project22.01.2024
We welcome Equinor, through Richard Hall, as a partner in the project.
Change of project leader21.04.2023
We welcome Professor Haiying Jia as the new project leader. She takes over from Roar Os Ådland.
Welcome to our newest member - Dr. Zheming Wu02.01.2023
We welcome Zhenming to the SHIPTRACK project. He is an expert in InSAR and will be looking into the problem of tracking liquid levels in onshore tanks using remote [...]
Project members presented at NHH Shipping Conference Leadership 202223.11.2022
Both Roar Os Ådland and Pål Gunnar Ellingsen presented at the NHH Shipping Conference Leadership 2022 which was held on the 8th of November 2022 in Bergen.
Slik kan vi vite akkurat hvor på havet et skip er04.10.2022
Å vite hvor et skip er, hvor det kommer fra og hva det frakter, er viktig. Forskere tar nå i bruk satellitter for å gjøre denne detektivjobben.
Pål Gunnar Ellingsen