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Maritime Data Analysis and Research


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Sea-web's data is researched, analysed and collated by our team of experts ensuring you have access to the most accurate and timely ship information.


The IHS Maritime data department is staffed with over 74 personnel around the world and is responsible for the maintenance of current ship registration, technical and ownership details, as well as coverage of newbuildings, casualty, ship photograph analysis and port facilities. Our knowledge is retained in-house rather than outsourced to other companies. Within this dedicated workforce are analysts and managers with over 30 years experience in the provision of maritime data; as well as former naval architects, Merchant Navy deck and engine officers and authors of books on merchant shipping.



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The IHS Maritime network of staff and contract journalists have specialised experience in reporting and analyzing global commercial maritime activities; this gives IHS Maritime publications a unique ability to forecast where the industry is heading, at a time when it is enduring the most difficult economic period in living memory.


IHS Maritime holds the largest maritime ships database in the world, evolving from The Lloyd’s Register of Ships, which has been continuously published since 1764. We are the sole appointed authority for assigning and validating the IMO ship and Company numbers. This gives us a primary position in the market place and the ability to cover:


  • The very largest to the smallest ships, down as far as 100 gross tons. This includes types such as VLCCs and large bulk carriers down to fishing vessels, tugs, workboats and research vessels. No other organization is able to offer this breadth of coverage in terms of ship types and tonnages, thus we can confidently serve the needs of the security and military sectors where there is a need to ensure that every vessel at risk is covered in our data extracts or on-line services.

  • Due to the adoption of our ship and company numbering schemes by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), we are able to obtain very detailed information from individuals and companies (shipbuilders, owners, class societies), who are requesting these IMO Numbers to comply with ship certification due to existing mandatory requirements. No other organization can issue these IMO Numbers.

  • Our close contacts with many other key organizations such as IACs (the International Association of Classification Societies) and the International Chamber of Shipping, gives us the ability to obtain information about the location, true nationality and country of economic benefit of many maritime companies.

  • Through our heritage evolving from the Register of Ships we maintain more technical data than any other organization with over 300 technically orientated fields covered from a total population of 600.

To learn more about IHS Maritime capabilities please contact us.

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