Recent positions of all ships which carry an AIS transponder are lastingly being recorded via the MarineTraffic network of AIS-receiving stations to its database. This way, thousands of vessel positions are available at any given moment on the Live Map.
The colour of each vessel icon notates the subject vessel's type. You may use the Live Map Toolbar Filters to choose which types of ships you prefer to be displayed on the Live Map (the Filters section may also serve as an easily accessible reminder, in case you have not gotten accustomed to the icons' colours yet).
The vessel icons also represent the status (moving/stopped) of the corresponding ships. Also, the direction that each (moving) vessel's icon is pointing to, indicates the subject vessel's actual heading.
By clicking on any vessel icon on the Live Map, you bring out the Vessel InfoWindow. The Vessel InfoWindow contains all the details regarding the selected vessel such as the route, the Estimated Time of Arrival, the Speed and the Load Condition.
On the InfoWindow you will also find the button that will lead you to the Vessel Details page. There you will be able to get more detailed information about the vessel's current voyage, general information, recent port calls and so much more.
All the information you need, in one place!
To learn more about how to best use all the Vessel features, please click here.