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What are some ways to track vessels in real time?

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Several companies offer real-time vessel tracking including VesselTracker.com, AISLive.com and MarineTraffic.com. Basic features of MarineTraffic.com are accessible online and don’t require purchase or registration to view ships worldwide.

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What are some ways to track vessels in real time?
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Geared toward industry professionals, VesselTracker.com and AISLive.com offer services to locate vessels via coastal, fleet or satellite tracking. VesselTracker.com offers a free service to track passenger vessels; however, it requires registration. MarineTraffic.com not only offers packages for industry professionals but also provides the amateur ship watcher basic tracking ability. Zooming in on a vessel on MarineTraffic.com displays ships in that area. Click on a ship and a pop-up provides basic information such as type of vessel, destination, a photo and course heading. MarineTraffic.com also shows vessels on the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.

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