MarineTraffic is a maritime analytics provider,[1] which provides real-time information on the movements of ships and the current location of ships in harbors and ports.[2] A database of information on the vessels includes for example details of the location where they were built plus dimensions of the vessels, gross tonnage and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number. Users can submit photographs of the vessels which other users can rate.

Type of site
Ship tracking intelligence
Available inEnglish, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, German, French, Greek, Chinese, Norwegian, Dutch and Portuguese
HeadquartersAthens, Greece
Launched2007; 17 years ago (2007)
Current statusOpen

The basic MarineTraffic service can be used without cost; more advanced functions such as satellite-based tracking are available subject to payment.[3]

The site has six million unique visitors on a monthly basis. In April 2015, the service had 600,000 registered users.[4][5]

How it works


Data is gathered from in excess of 18,000 AIS equipped volunteer contributors in over 140 countries around the world.[6] Information provided by AIS equipment, such as unique identification, position, course, and speed, is then transferred to the main Marine Traffic servers for display via the website in real time. The site uses data from OpenStreetMap on its base map, and the paid version lets users display ship locations on Nautical Charts.



MarineTraffic was originally developed as an academic project at the University of the Aegean in Ermoupoli, Greece.[7][8]

In late 2007, Professor Dimitris Lekkas published it as a trial version.[4]



MarineTraffic is highly dependent on its community of radio amateurs or AIS Station operators, its photographers and translators.

In support of the community, MarineTraffic recently made available a free AIS processing tool, under a Creative Commons license.[9]



In February 2023, data and analytics firm Kpler announced the acquisition of MarineTraffic and Fleetmon for an undisclosed sum.[1][2] The acquisitions closed in March 2023.

See also



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  3. ^ "Cautiously Optimistic on MarineTraffic Internet AIS – Sail Magazine". Sail Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  4. ^ a b "Site gives landlubbers trove of information about ships". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  5. ^ " releases new notifications". All About Shipping. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  6. ^ "Site gives landlubbers trove of information about ships". HamptonRoads. Archived from the original on 15 June 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Marine Traffic – AIS ship tracking". MARINE TRAFFIC. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  8. ^ "A continent, as drawn by ships (Wired UK)". The Internet Archived. Archived from the original on 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
  9. ^ "The MarineTraffic AIS Toolbox is now released as Open Source Software". 20 June 2022.