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Search for AIS-Receiving Stations

As with other MarineTraffic assets and objects of maritime interest, AIS-Receiving Stations have their own, dedicated search pages. This way, you can find all the terrestrial receiving stations that the MarineTraffic network is comprised of. To do so, simply, click on the "Participate" option on the MarineTraffic main menu and then, click on the "Receiving Stations" option.




You will be presented with the AIS Stations search page




There are two categories you can search in:

  • All Stations (search the entire Stations Directory)
  • Near Me (search for stations near your actual location)

By default, the "All Stations" category is pre-selected.



If you are looking for a specific station or location you can directly find it by typing the Station's name (or ID number) or the Place's name in the relative search field. Notice the "Add Receiving Station" button at the right end - click on it and you will be able to add your receiving station to the MarineTraffic network.

Filtering options are also available so that you can further refine your search criteria and narrow down your search results.



Thus, you are able to apply one or more of the following filters:

  • First Letter: Use it to get results regarding stations the name of which starts with a specific letter.
  • Country: Use this filter to perform country-specific searches.
  • Station Status: Apply this filter to search for Station based on their Operational Status (read more).

If you want to reset all filters click on the "Clear filters" option. If you want the filtering options to be retracted click on the "Hide Filters" tab - notice that hiding filters will not reset them.

As with all MarineTraffic search pages, results are presented in rows. In this case, each row corresponds to a unique AIS-Receiving Station.



For each station you can find information on:

  • Country: The country the respective station is located at.
  • Station ID: The unique MarineTraffic ID assigned to the station.
  • Place - Station Name: The Name of the Station, as provided by its operator.
  • Status: The operational status of the station.
  • Last Signal: Date and Timestamp of the last received signal from the station (in UTC).
  • Availability (%): A percentage that shows the hours the station has been online compared to the total hours for the past 3 months (percentage varies from 0% - station constantly offline to 100% - station always online).
  • Max Distance (NM): The maximum distance the station has ever covered (in Nautical Miles).
  • Average Distance (NM): The average distance of the station's coverage (in Nautical Miles).
  • Area (km²): Total area covered by the station (in square kilometres).

Note: By clicking on the "Place - Station Name" field, will get you to the Station Details page of it.


You are also able to click on any of the column titles (apart from "Country") to order your search results accordingly. Click on the same column title twice to reverse this order.

Finally, at the bottom of the search results area, there are display options which:

  • inform you about the total number of records found that match your search criteria
  • enable you to navigate through search results pages by entering a page number or selecting the next or previous one
  • let you decide on the desired amount of search results per page (10/20/50)



Note II: In case you have never shared your location with MarineTraffic and select the "Near Me" category to search in, you will be prompted by your browser to share your actual location with MarineTraffic. 


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