Due to European laws, we are no longer allowed to offer map services for the representation of ship positions. We are sorry that we can no longer provide this service.
Vesselfinder is a free AIS tracking service showing Ship positions and Maritime transport via a global AIS network in real-time. AIS stands for Automatic Identification System = Automatic Identification System and refers to a radio system that is used for the safety and guidance of shipping traffic by exchanging navigation and other ship data. Vesselfinder processes the ship’s signals received and displays them in the form of a radar chart. It is used to display live different types of ships and boats around the world. If you want to track or watch the shipping traffic in real time, the service is just right for you. With the help of state-of-the-art technology, locating and tracking ships is no longer a problem.

Vesselfinder - recognize different types of ships

VesselfinderThere are a variety of different types of ships such. Cargo ships, cruise ships, tankers or sailboats. For the distinction of the ship or object types these are indicated on the map in different colors. In addition, a distinction is made as to whether a ship is currently traveling or has stopped. The nature of a ship is also listed in the detailed information, where many additional details can be viewed. This can be called by clicking on a ship or object. The size of a ship or boat is not taken into account in the overview or not shown accordingly. Below, all types of ships and their associated color are listed.
Ship type on the way stopped
Tanker Cargo Ship Cargo Ship
Tanker Tanker Tanker
Military Ship Military Ship Military Ship
Passenger Transportation Passenger Ship Passenger Ship
fishing boat Fishing Boat Fishing Boat
speedboat Speedboat Speedboat
Yacht / Sailing Ship Yacht / Sailing Ship Yacht / Sailing Ship
undefined ship undefined ship undefined ship
other objects other objects other objects

Integrate Vesselfinder or use it mobile

Vesselfinder is platform independent and will be made freely available and can be easily integrated into an existing website. In addition, the service is available as an app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone and can thus be used at any time on the road to track the shipping traffic. The corresponding links can be found in the title bar of the map.

Vesselfinder Alternatives

In addition to Vesselfinder, there are a handful of other maritime traffic monitoring and vessel display companies with detailed information on all ships worldwide. The most widely used service is Marine Traffic . The basic functionality is the same, but it offers a few more features, such as direct search of ships or ship-type filtering. Again, Vesselfinder is again very concise and intuitive to use.

Unfortunately, most of the other services are not easily integrated into other websites and are not completely platform independent.


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