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The automatic identification system (AIS) is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on ships to track them and provide information about them.

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Identifying a superyacht from date and location

A while ago, while vacationing in a sunny island in the Mediterranean, I saw a beautiful superyacht anchored off a bay. I would like to know the name of this yacht and who designed it. I do not know ...
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Free source of AIS data (API)

The automatic identification system (AIS) is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on ships to locate them. There are also databases that provide information about the ship — size, type, ...
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Where to find a database of AIS vessel information?

The US Coast Guard provides a service by which a snippet of boat/ship identifying data, most typically an MMSI number, can be used to retrieve a more complete data set of ship information, such as ...
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Why Satellite vessel tracking is lagging?

We are building a system for a client and I am not sure what is the difference in the technology. Sometimes companies mention one, sometimes another and a client wants to know if satellite works ...
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API giving ship positions worldwide

ShipAIS has a great database and web interface showing what ships are in a particular area: Unfortunately, it is limited to North Europe. Is there a similar database for ships in the whole world? ...
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Availability of descriptive ship metadata

I'm creating my own ship position map by AIS (Automatic Identification System) messages from the base transceiver station (BTS). Can I find a free database of static information about the ships by ...
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AIS (Automatic Identification System) or The Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT)

I'm going to write a game and include simulated shipping based upon real data. has some great data, but I really don't need it to be live, up to the minute. I could use data that ...
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Vessel/ais traffic data of the most congested areas of the world

For my research project, I need vessel traffic data of the most congested regions of the world for the past five years. I searched for that data here but couldn't get what I wanted. So far I've found ...