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Use the Vessel Filters of the Live Map Toolbar

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Click on the Vessel Filters icon on the Live Map Toolbar to bring out the filtering options.

Now you can select which vessels will get displayed on the MarineTraffic Live Map. Filtering can be performed by

  • Type 
  • Capacity
  • Other particulars
  • Current Status 
  • Voyage and
  • Last Position Received

Filtering categories can be combined providing you with complete freedom to start viewing only the vessels that match your exact criteria. 


Use the Type filtering options to select which types (and sub-types) of vessels you want to view on the Live Map. 

Select vessel types by clicking on the respective checkboxes. To filter vessels by sub-types, click on the arrow icon next to each vessel type to expand the respective list and use the corresponding switches to define the sub-types that will be displayed.

Use the Enable/Disable all ship types option to activate/de-activate all types at once.


The Capacity filter enables you to filter vessels by size. Use the sliders to define a lower and/or an upper limit. The Gross Tonnage and Deadweight filters are applicable to any shiptype. TEU capacity refers to Container vessels and Liquid Gas to Gas Carriers.


Using the available filters under the Other Particulars section to display vessels based on their Year of Build, their Flag or their Length Overall.


Use the Current Status option to view vessels based on their moving status (Underway or Anchored/Moored) by simply clicking on the corresponding checkboxes. 

You are also able to select vessels based on the Load Condition (using the AIS transmissions regarding the Draught status), the Current Speed that vessels report or their AIS Navigational Status.

Note that if you de-select both the Ships Underway and Anchored/Moored options, no vessels will be displayed on the Live Map!


The Voyage section lets you choose the vessels displayed on the Live Map based on the Departure and the Destination port. Simply start typing the name of the port of interest in the relevant field and click on the right suggestion! Click on the Clear Field option to reset the filter.


The Last Position Received filter enables you to define the age of the vessels' positions that will be displayed on the Live Map.

By default, the map shows positions of vessels whose latest AIS signal was received up to one day ago. Use the slider to define this range - the latter can be expanded from 5 minutes ago (to get fresh positions only) up to one year ago (to include vessels whose AIS transmissions have not been recently received).


For example, if you wish to exclusively see the positions of all Suezmax Crude Oil Tankers that are Underway and their position has been received within the last 2 days you should:

a) Enable the Tankers type, bring out the Tankers sub-types and switch on Crude Oil Tankers only

b) set the Deadweight slider between 120000 and 200000 tons

c) use the Current Status filter to select only the Underway vessels

d) set the Last Position Received to "up to 2 days ago" 

After having done so, the Live Map will contain information regarding vessels that match the filtering criteria as described above!


On a final note, whenever you activate any filter, the Toolbar Icon turns Green as does the name of the Filter section that has been used. Click on the Reset button to quickly discard all applied filters.


Tip: The Vessels Filters menu can also serve as a memo regarding vessel notation on the Live Map as it is easily accessible through the Live Map Toolbar. This way, if you are not sure about the correspondence of icons to vessel types, you can have a reference point at any time!

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