You can use either the Search bar of the Live Map or the Vessel category of Explore tool, to search for the records of interest. Our search tools allow you to see a list of assets in the MarineTraffic database that correspond to your search terms so you can find the MarineTraffic record of the vessel you are looking for.
The fastest way to start searching for vessels (or ports, lights etc) or to track down certain ones that interest you, is by using the appropriate Search bar on the top right corner of the platform.
Notice that while you are typing your search term, record types will appear on the bottom of the page. This helps you choose the relevant option and limit the results that match your search term.
Additionally, a drop-down list will come out containing vessels that match your search term. Clicking on the name of the vessel that you are looking for, will result in getting you to the vessel's details page where you will be able to view all the related information.
Note I: You can click on the Show on Map icon to see the vessel's current position on Live Map.
Notice the Show more results option at the bottom of the drop-down list. Clicking on this option instead of on the name of a vessel will result in opening a Search Results page. All vessels that match your search criteria will be displayed there.
Choose the vessel that interests you from the list to get to the detail page.
Note II: This type of search is the only one where you may get search results regarding Ex-Names of vessels - click on the vessel's ex-name to get to the Vessel Details page of the vessel under their current names.
More options on the Search Bar is the Recent and Most Tracked Vessels.
You can also use our Explore tool to explore all the vessels in the world, active and scrapped, with their key details and apply filters based on various vessel particulars to limit results to the exact shipping market segment of interest.
To search for vessels click on the Explore tab on the Main Menu and then select the Vessels option. This will take you straight to the Vessel Database section. You can use the Sidebar to quickly change between a number of available options, such as Vessels, Ports and more.
If you are looking for a specific vessel, you can use the quick search bar by typing the name, the MMSI or the IMO number.
If you are not aware of the vessel's name or MMSI, you may consider adding relevant filters that will help you in your search.
Just click on the Add Filter button and a drop-down menu will appear. The first options are the most popular ones. Each filter added will appear in a box next to the Add Filter button. You can remove the filter any time by clicking on the X button next to it.
Note IV: If you purchased our Plans, a number of really interesting filters will be unlocked in this section.