Track ship positions online


The AIS technology makes it possible for ships and their positions to be displayed on the map in real time. As a rule, Google Maps is used. The map is enriched with AIS data. This is called "Mashup". But there are several websites that deal with the different ship positions and present them in real time on a map. Among the best known sites are Marinetraffic, and localizatado.

Do you want to watch ships?

While airplanes use ADS-B transponders, so-called AIS transponders are used to determine the ship's positions. AIS is a system for the determination of navigation data. The data are recorded online and subsequently displayed on a map.

So you get an insight on the current ship positions, where the information is displayed in real time. It should be noted, however, that the "real time" has a delay of 15 minutes.


Marine Traffic

You like to watch ships and you want to know which ships are on the way? Then you will probably already on the Marine Traffic page landed. Here you will see the ship positions in real time. The map basis is Google Maps.

The regions of the oceans and coasts are divided into quadrants. The number that is in the quadrant is to show you how many ships are in a quadrant. The ship types are distinguished by symbols. The legend, which is located on the left side of the map, gives you an overview.

If you find a red symbol, it is a tanker. You can click on the ship so you can get more information - such as the type of ship, the course, the flag, the name, the speed, the last driven course. Although maritime traffic may be a well-known site for ship lovers, it has only gained in importance as a result of the misfortune of the MS Concordia.

On the side could namely the wandering of the MS Concordia be observed. You'll be surprised how busy the oceans are when you open the Marine Traffic page. A tip: Take a look at the strait of Gibraltar - you will be amazed! is based on the same principle as marine traffic. Again, the AIS data is displayed on a map. You get a lot of information and you also get details when you click on a ship.

So you can get information about the name of the ship, the course and the speed. Particularly outstanding is the fact that also historical data are provided.

Zoom to the lowest level of the map, so that "Playback" becomes visible in the upper right area. Press on the desired date and select the desired time, whereby you can also use the fast forward, so you get a record of the former shipping traffic.

You can also click on the course history of all ships. Click on "Toggle Ship Path" and get a detailed overview of the course of the ship. A particularly nice feature is the ability to export to a KML file.


at localizatado It is a Spanish website dedicated exclusively to shipping around Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Holland, Greece, USA and China. Here you can follow the ship positions and also observe appropriate coastal sections.

Especially interesting is the fact that not only the ships are tracked, but also meteo information and also the wind can be shown as layers.

On the homepage you will also find a lot of information about the individual ships - one click is enough to give you more details about the ship. On the left side of the map there is also a slider, so you can calculate the positions of the ship in advance.

However, the predicted locations are based on the fact that the ship does not change the speed. This gives you an overview of when the ship is expected to reach the destination. "Nautical Charts", another very nice feature, shows you the nautical chart.

Note, however, that this map does not replace a true navigation and therefore may not be used for navigation!

In addition, you can also show you other transponders. Let's show you about the amateur radio device! In addition, satellite tracks and NAVTEX data can also be displayed.

All these features make the website an exciting and exciting place for ship friends who not only want to get positions, but also want to know the details.

You'll be amazed

If you not only want to follow ships, but also want to know information and details, you will be amazed by the website! Here you will get all the relevant details and you'll be amazed how busy our oceans are.