Ankeri shipping platform, which also calculates carbon emissions, closes € 2m cycle – TechCrunch
Over 90% of the world’s goods are transported by some 50,000 shipping vessels. Even though maritime transport is reasonably environmentally friendly, maritime transport still accounts for 3% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and consumes more than 150 billion euros of fossil fuels per year.
Ankeri, is a startup based in Reykjavik, Iceland, which is responsible for creating the data necessary to calculate energy efficiency, carbon emissions and logistics data for this maritime logistics.
He claims that his cloud-based platform unifies all this disparate commercial and technical information on ships, applies algorithms and helps charterers discover the highest fuel efficiency and carbon reduction options.
He has now raised € 2 million in late start-up funding from Frumtak Ventures to help the shipping industry meet global transparency and decarbonization goals.
This new cycle will allow Ankeri to strengthen its presence in North America, Europe and Asia. Ankeri counts the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd among its customers.
The company, founded in 2016 by Kristinn Aspelund and Leifur Kristjansson, has previously raised € 930,000 from local investors and subsidized funds including the Icelandic New Business Venture Fund and the Icelandic Technology Development Fund.
Aspelund said: “We are seeing immense friction in the global shipping industry right now, largely due to pandemic spillover effects, significant data blind spots due to outdated manual and static processes. and increasingly stringent decarbonization regulations. By modernizing and digitizing vessel charter processes, Ankeri brings significant transparency to the wide fluctuations in price and performance between vessels and carriers, which can amount to nearly a million euros in cost savings. total annual operating costs.
Perhaps more importantly, the collection and use of fuel consumption and vessel emissions data within our platform informs more sustainable vessel selection decisions by freight charterers and is a turning point in the achievement of the objectives of decarbonization of maritime transport “, he added.
Napa, Q88, and AXS are perhaps the closest competitors, however, this area of transportation (like many supply chain, construction, and long-term industrial processes) is still largely manual, with a lot of spreadsheets, email and old work habits.
Svana Gunnarsdóttir, Managing Partner at Frumtak Ventures, said: “We know that some of the biggest challenges in the global supply chain are transportation inefficiencies and poor system interoperability that hamper data collection and analysis and increase costs. Ankeri helps solve these problems technologically while incorporating strong core values of financial and environmental sustainability into its solutions.