The Live Map is the key component of the MarineTraffic Mobile App. All information is displayed on it in a way that it can be easily conveyed. You can move around freely by simply tapping and dragging the Live Map in order to get to the area of the world that interests you the most. You are also able to zoom in/out - to do so, either pinch-to-zoom or use the relevant buttons at the bottom of your screen.
Note the Map Scale next to the "Zoom Control" buttons - this way you can be informed about your current zoom level.
When you are zoomed out, green rectangular clusters will overlay the Live Map. The number in each cluster dictates the amount of vessels that are included in the area that the respective cluster defines.
Zoom closer and coloured icons will be displayed instead of clusters. These icons correspond to vessels (Ports and Lights can be displayed as well - use the relevant "Settings" options to do so or the available "Map Views" options). The icons are colour-coded depending on the respective vessel's type - this allows for fast and easy identification. Icons also notate the movement status (underway/anchored) and the heading of the subject vessel. Tap on any vessel's icon to bring out an information box containing her name, flag, speed and last AIS-signal reception.
Tap on the information box to get to the vessel's Details page where you can get further information on the vessel.
In order to locate your own position on the Live Map, simply tap on the "auto-tracking" icon at the upper right corner of the Live Map.
Upon activation, the icon will turn blue and a blue indication marker will be placed on the map to notate your current location.
Keep in mind that you are able to personalise the Live Map according to your likings by using the relevant "Settings" options (Map Options). Other options (e.g. Vessel Options, Ports Options, Weather) also alter the type of displayed icons and information.