For anybody who has family, friends or a boyfriend on board a ship out there on the high seas , now you can easily find and track they’re ship position at any time online. This is done using the AIS (Automatic Identification System) signal of the ship , which some sites track for free. There are several sites on the internet that do this , however i recommend https://www.marinetraffic.com/ , a free of charge site with an easy to use interface. I present you below an example how to find a ship anywhere at any time. (You only need to know the ship’s name or it’s IMO number )
1. This is the home page , in the upper right corner you will see a search box
2. Type the nave of the ship you are looking for , if there several ships with the same name , select by the type of ship
3.You will reach the ship’s dedicated page , here you will find in the left column details about the ship’s length, tonnage, age of ship , MMSI code, flag. A little further down you can see the port from which it left and the next port it’s going to along with the ETA (Estimated time of arrival) to the port. Scroll down further and you will see a separate window on the left that contains information about the ship’s position and the time when the ship’s position was last updated. If the ship is out at sea, the ship’s position will not be in updated in real time due to the fact it relies on shore receivers. You will see there also a button called “see live on map” . Click on it to see the ship’s position on google maps.
4. Track your ship live on the map , in this case the ship is underway from AU BNE (Brisbane, Australia), going to NZ AKL (Auckland, New Zealand). You can find out easily what each port code means on this site HERE. On the right window we see in this example that the latest position was received a day before on the 10th of July 2019. You can see also on the graphic map that the ship is already very far away from any shore, so the crew does not have a signal to their mobile phones. To speak with your loved ones on board, the ship has to be very close to a populated shore.
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