Live Map Layers

In this article you will learn everything you need in order to gain the most out of the MarineTraffic Live Map Layers.

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Advanced Layers available with the Advanced Live Map service



To access the Layers Menu, simply click on the Layers icon on the Live Map Toolbar.

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The first option you will find is the Map type option via which you can select which map type you prefer to be displayed on the Live Map area. 

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All the other options have a checkbox next to them, that allows you to activate or de-activate the respective function . Let's have a look at each available tool:

 

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  • Show Vessel Names: You can activate this option to see the names of the vessels displayed on the Live Map.
  • Vessel Speed, Destination etc: You can activate this option to get more information next to each vessel, such as speed, destination and time of latest position.
  • Projected Course: You can activate this option to see a projected trail of each vessel's course on the Live Map. The displayed trail is an estimation based on the recently recorded positions of the corresponding vessel, current direction, destination and the sea route the vessel is on. You can set the projected course time period (in minutes). Please note, also, that you may come across trails which will not be displayed as straight lines as we have added the Rate of Turn variable to the equation - this way vessels that are performing turn manoeuvres can be instantly distinguished!
  • Anchor Swinging Circles: This option allows you to check the Maximum Swinging Circles of Anchored Vessels, based on the dimensions and the latest movements of the vessels. Zoom-in at Anchorages to see it

After the above tools, you will find a list of all available layers.

Display Ports or Marinas

Both ports and marinas can be displayed on the MarineTraffic Live Map with their respective icons for easier identification. All you have to do is to tick the selection boxes next to Ports and Marinas/Small Ports at the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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Display AIS-receiving Stations

All AIS-receiving stations that comprise the MarineTraffic network can be displayed on the Live Map at once. Stations will be displayed with their distinctive icon. The operational status of each station is denoted by the colour of the subject icon.ezgif.com-gif-maker__4_.gif


Display Lights & AtoN 

In MarineTraffic, the term Lights is used to describe navigation aids. AtoN (Aid to Navigation) that include buoys, fog signals and day beacons and Lighthouses.

These assets can be displayed on the MarineTraffic Live Map with their distinctive icon for easier identification. All you have to do is to tick the selection box next to the Lights and AtoN option at the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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Display Photos 

You can display the profile photo of each vessel on the map by activating the Photos option from the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar. You will then be able to see small-sized photos of vessels on the Live Map (where available).

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Display your Custom Areas 

Having your Custom Areas displayed on the Live Map is just one click away at any time!
You can click on the Layers icon on the Live Map Toolbar and then click My Custom Areas.

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Note: The My Custom Areas option also serves as an active quick-link. Click on it to instantly get to the My Custom Areas sub-section under the My Account Section.

 

Display the Business Directory 

The Business Directory layer enables to activate/de-activate the icons of the Companies listed in the MarineTraffic Business Directory on the Live Map. Note that this layer is activated by default. You must have signed in to be able to de-activate it.

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Advanced Map Layers

The following Layers are available only with the Advanced Live Map Service and the MarineTraffic Plans

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Display Daylight Layer on the Live Map

You can activate the Daylight layer to get immediately informed about the areas of the world which are sunnlit at any given moment.The Daylight option remains active regardless of the part of the world you have selected to be displayed on your screen.

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Display Timezones on the Live Map

The Time Zone layer allows you to improve your time perception. Like all layers, you can combine it with any of the available layers to get the information you want directly on the Live Map. To activate it, simply click on the corresponding checkbox in the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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Display Piracy Zones on the Live Map

The Piracy Zones layer allows you to see areas of the world where the risk of piracy is higher, as they have been mapped out by several official sources. You can hover over each area on the Live Map, to see the appropriate organization that suggests a constant reporting, when sailing through these areas. Vessels are also encouraged to assist authorities with identifying other instances of illegal activities such as illegal fishing, smuggling operations etc

To activate the layer, simply click on the corresponding checkbox in the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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Display ECA Zones on the Live Map 

The ECA Zones layer allows you to improve your situational awareness. As with all layers, you can combine it with any of the available Map Types or other MarineTraffic features (Fleets, Filters, Layers) to get the information you want directly on the Live Map

Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are sea areas in which stricter controls were set up to limit airborne emissions from the vessels sailing in them.These strict rules come into effect under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form ships (MARPOL) Annex VI (Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships), specifically under regulation 14, which covers emissions of Sulphur Oxides (SOx) and particulate matter from ships. ECA Zones apply to:

  • the North American area (including most of the US and Canadian coast and the area surrounding the US Caribbean territory)
  • the Baltic Sea
  • the North Sea

To activate ECA zones, simply click on the corresponding checkbox in the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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Display Graticule on the Live Map 

The Graticule layer allows you to improve your technical knowledge. As with all layers, you can combine it with any of the available Map Types or other MarineTraffic features (Fleets, Filters, Layers) to get the information you want directly on the Live Map

To activate it, simply click on the corresponding checkbox in the Layers section of the Live Map Toolbar.

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