Vessel Positions in a Custom Area
Vessel Positions in a Custom Area service gives you the ability to track all vessel activity in a Custom Area of your interest that you have predefined under your MarineTraffic account.
You have the option to receive simple positional information with a maximum two minute interval, or to enhance this with vessel and voyage information, including:
- Gross Tonnage, Deadweight, Shiptype
- origin and destination ports
- reported and MarineTraffic calculated ETA
Use this service to keep up-to-date with the current location and voyage information of the vessels operating within a MarineTraffic Custom Area you have already specified
Data Included in the Response
|Simple Response||Extended Response||Full Response|
Vessel AIS Identifier(MMSI)
Position Data(LAT, LON)
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
When does it make sense to choose an On Demand (Credits) charge instead of a Subscription based charge?
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.