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.
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.