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Marine Traffic


MarineTraffic provides a provides information about current geographical positions of ships as well as other related information, whenever available, such as ships’ details, their destination, estimated time of arrival, photographs, port traffic statistics, weather conditions, points of interest, etc.
MarineTraffic is a global pioneer in AIS vessel tracking. This service could be useful for MSP processes.


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questions this practice may help answer

  • What does a comprehensive maritime database offer?
  • How can I find out more about vessel positions and port related events to use these information for my planning?
  • How does an AIS vessel tracking work?
  • How can I get a quick overview of  thousands of marine assets are available (vessels, ports, lights)?

objectives / Method

MarineTraffic aims to present global AIS data and intelligence to power projects of the economic sector sourced from a terrestrial network and enhanced with satellite data. It shows past, present and future data all in one place and tries to make big data simple. Through harnessing the power big data from integration with apps and platforms it facilitates the spreadheet of reports and deliver of API services. A side-effect is that MSP stakeholders can make use of this source of data. 

The database records 800 million vessel positions and 18 million vessel and port related events monthly, see Figure. 


Details of over 650 thousand marine assets are available (vessels, ports, lights). MarineTraffic sees itself as the global pioneer in AIS vessel tracking. 
Registered users of the Website are able to use certain extra Services and can access extra Data, according to their Plan specifications. Non-registered users have limited access to data.

main output / results

MarineTraffic data sets include:

  • Vessel Positions
    • Vessel Historical Track
    • Vessel Positions for a set of predefined vessels
    • Vessel Positions of a MarineTraffic Fleet 
  • Vessel Data
    • Vessel Photos 
    • Vessel particulars including type, dimension, ownership etc.
    • Search Vessel in database 
  • Event Information
    • Port Calls with detailed arrival and departure information for a port or vessel
    • Vessel Events to access events data and event derived intelligence
  • Voyage Info
    • Voyage Forecaste for vessels 
    • Expected Arrivals (lists of vessels due to arrive at a port or country in a period of time)

Additionally, academics can ask the Academic Relations Team for support on their research project or when looking for data. 

Registered users can create a quick-search for vessels or move around the Live Map with different layers and filters. Also the display of wind or density on the Live Map is availabe. 

Costs / funding

By using the website, the mobile applications, API, premium services, or other information provided as part of the MarineTraffic services, the user is entering into a legally binding agreement,  and become a MarineTraffic user ("User") he has to pay for. There are also services for free available ("data for all"). 

responsible entity

The provider of the Website is Exmile Solutions Limited, London, United Kingdom.