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Global ship traffic seen from space. A week of ship traffic on the seven seas.



A week of ship traffic on the seven seas, seen from space. Get a glimpse of the vibrant lanes of goods transport that link the continents.


With the development of the new remote sensing technologies now it is possible keep track of the position and destination of the ship on-the-fly.The following video shows the combined use of the FleetMon Satellite AIS and FleetMon Explorer. As well is the combination of the Satellite and Terrestrial AIS – free vessel and port database, AIS live positions, global vessel tracking and fleet monitoring, schedule- arrival- and departure history – Source:


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The Marine Traffic project

The Marin Traffic Project is a community-based project that provides free real-time information to the public about ports and ship movements along coastlines of many countries.


The project is dedicated to collecting and presenting data that are used in the following research areas, as well as others:
- Study of marine telecommunications in respect of efficiency and propagation parameters
- Simulation of vessel movements in order to contribute to the safety of navigation
- Interactive information systems design
- Design of databases providing real-time information
- Statistical processing of ports traffic with applications in operational research
- Design of models for the spotting of the origin of a pollution
- Design of efficient algorithms for sea path evaluation
- Determining the estimated time of ship arrivals
- Correlation of the collected information with weather data
- Cooperation with Institutes dedicated in the protection of the environment
The initial data is from AIS (Automatic Identification System). We are constantly looking for additional partners who are interesting in installing an AIS receiver and sharing the data with us, so as to have more and better data of ports and vessel traffic around the world.
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