Bremen/Marseille, 22. November 2021. OHB Venture Capital GmbH, a subsidiary of the German space and technology group OHB SE, has invested in the French start-up Searoutes. The Marseille-based company specializes in digital solutions for the maritime and logistics sector and has set itself the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transport by providing insights into the CO2-Footprint of various transport routes offers.
In order to be able to offer the relevant data for this service, Searoutes uses AIS data, which enables the identification and precise positioning of ships. These data are made available by the OHB subsidiary LuxSpace Sarl. Searoutes uses both current and historical AIS data to map the routes regularly used by ships. This information is then combined with other data sets (e.g. ship information, weather conditions and currents) to predict the carbon footprint of a container carried on a particular transport route or to generate an accurate report on the transport routes used in the past.
LuxSpace Sarl has also signed a cooperation agreement to bundle the strengths of both companies. Through the cooperation and in particular through joint sales activities and product developments in the field of maritime data analysis, the potential of ship tracking information should be fully exploited. “We are very happy to work with Searoutes to reduce CO2-Work towards output from global supply chains. Searoutes’ mission is not only exciting, but also makes a perfect contribution to the growth of our OHB DIGITAL segment, “says Egbert Jan van der Veen, Managing Director of OHB Venture Capital.
Pierre Garreau, Founder and CEO of Searoutes, added: “LuxSpace and OHB are two companies that are deeply rooted in research and development. When I met Egbert and his team for the first time, I knew that we were speaking the same language. Expertise in satellite design and data acquisition – especially in the areas of AIS, earth observation and greenhouse gas monitoring – made OHB an obvious partner. I am very excited about this collaboration and look forward to our close cooperation. “