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Vessel Positions in a Dynamic Bounding Box Retrieve positions for vessels sailing in an area that you define each time you call the service


Vessel Positions in a Dynamic Bounding Box

Vessel Positions in a Dynamic Bounding Box* service allows you to receive detailed positions of vessels within an area of your interest and is particularly useful when the area to be monitored varies.

You define the bounding box coordinates each time you call the API which makes it the perfect service for ad hoc requests. You have the option to receive simple positional information with a maximum two minute interval, or to enhance this with vessel and voyage information, received on an hourly or daily basis, including:

  • Gross Tonnage, Deadweight, Shiptype
  • origin and destination ports
  • reported and MarineTraffic calculated ETA

* A bounding box is an area defined in the map by two pairs of coordinates (minimum/maximum longitude and latitude)

Example uses include

Use this service to keep up-to-date with the current location and voyage information of the vessels operating in the bounding box you define with each request; enabling you to monitor the vessel activity around a moving point of interest, anywhere in the world.

Data Included in the Response

Simple Response Extended Response Full Response
Vessel AIS Identifier
Position Data
Navigation Data
Key Vessel Particulars
(flag, dimensions, type etc.)
Voyage Information
(destination, ETA, etc.)
Voyage Information
(origin, destination, draught, calculated ETA, etc.)

Simple Response (terrestrial-AIS): 1 Credit per record

Extended Response (terrestrial-AIS): 2 Credits per record

Full Response (terrestrial-AIS): 3 Credits per record

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Frequently Αsked Questions

If your need is expected to be continuous then a subscription based charge is better. If you require data on an ad hoc basis, then an On Demand (Credits) subcription might be more cost-effective.
In order to provide a more cost effective solution, in most of our Data Services (API) we provide the user option to choose between a simple and an extended response (and in some cases also a full response). The difference between the responses is the fields that the call returns in each case. To understand which type of response is more fitting to your needs please visit the Data Services (API) Documentation space to review the fields that are returned in each case.
Yes, as long as the other software supports custom feeds. Check your software documentation for more information. Note that our API can deliver the response in XML, JSON or CSV formats.
A detailed listing of all fields returned is available in the Data Services (API) Documentation
Detailed examples of call request and sample responses per format is available in the Data Services (API) Documentation.
The position data is updated every two minutes. Note that this does not necessarily mean that there will be a new position for each vessel every two minutes.
No, you are only charged when the API call returns results.
Yes! When you generate your first API key you will automatically receive 100 credits for testing (only once per user account).
You can see a detailed pricing of Credits by visiting our Buy Credits page.
You can purchase them online by visiting our Buy Credits
Sure! Credits purchased can be used in all credit based MarineTraffic services.
You can call the service as often as needed. You are only charged for the records returned.