Using MarineTraffic to monitor the global tanker fleet

Samir Madani from shares his insights on the current situation in the oil industry and lists his favourite MarineTraffic features for tracking tankers worldwide

Recently Georgios Hatzimanolis from MarineTraffic sat down with oil analyst Samir Madani from for a virtual discussion. Along with chatting about the current state of affairs, Samir also explains his affinity for specific MarineTraffic features – such as the filter options and Mobile App. 

It’s been about six years that Samir has been active on MarineTraffic. He originally started using it for personal use, long before he turned his hobby into a career.  

His absolute favorite feature is the ability to ‘clear out the noise’ from the main map. He does this by enabling crude oil tankers (whether empty or not) under ‘Ship Types’ and disabling all of the others. 

Filters are valuable when it comes to searching for specifics. If a journalist calls needing information about a particular vessel or voyage, Samir can use the site’s filter options to find the details quickly. For example, rather than seeing a map with all tankers, he can see just the supertankers (those transporting two million barrels of crude oil on board). 

Samir thoroughly enjoys the MarineTraffic Mobile App as it’s helpful for him to be able to conduct searches while on the go and because he loves the ability to receive push notifications. 

Notifications can be created based on whatever data is needed. For instance, if a vessel’s destination changes, if the draft level changes or if a vessel departs without reporting its depth (which is what is used to calculate the oil on board). 

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There is also the option for fleet management, which means you can group vessels together (ex: all vessels currently floating in China waiting to deliver oil). Then, notifications will be sent out based on the behaviors and actions of the entire fleet. 

Using our ‘Explore’ tool, Samir likes to see how many vessels (active or dormant) are simultaneously being tracked. With the MarineTraffic nautical maps, he’s even able to examine the infrastructure under the water, such as the various pipelines connecting to the oil source. The ability to see an image of each vessel when viewing its profile is also extremely helpful. 

Although he’s a long-time user, Samir is still constantly discovering new features of the MarineTraffic platform. Furthermore, over the years he and his team have contributed ideas to enhance our existing services. His work incorporates many different tech tools and we’re thrilled that MarineTraffic has become one of the most crucial.

You can watch the interview in the video below:

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Claire Potak
Claire Potak is an American writer and photographer based in Athens, Greece. Her work often focuses on media, marketing, tech, and culture.