MarineTraffic – free web vessel tracking

Marine Traffic is a Greek AIS vessel tracking portal developed by the Aegean University. Benefits from marinetraffic.com are:

  • it is free
  • provides detailed vessel information
  • excellent services

The AIS coverage is very good, currently there are 20000 vessels in the database and more than 500 AIS stations (20-30% of them offline).

Marine Traffic provides good statistics to check the effectiveness of the AIS antenna and receiver: covered area, number of vessels, average radius of coverage, etc.

Marine traffic,vessel traffic monitoring software,ship tracking systemThe database contains particulars of each vessel and picture if available. MarineTraffic also keep the story of the ship – the track and itineraries. The users may subscribe for receiving of alerts by e-mail or SMS. The alerts are generated on the following events:

  • by selected port – the arrival and departure of all ships;
  • by selected vessel – on the hit or out of the reach of AIS receivers, as well as the arrival / exit from the specified port;

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Another service that we mentioned – the possibility to embed a map to your site. Marinetraffic.com can create KML files to import in Google Earth, but I did not like working in Google Earth, because program is strongly hindered by the large number of constantly updated data for vessel tracking.