Although MarineTraffic is not intended to be used as a safety tool, there are many cases where making your position widely known could enhance your safety at sea. Making your position known to the public may be complementary to the official means of distress reporting such as EPIRB or DSC radio and may help in Search & Rescue procedures where the position of the vessel cannot be acquired by other means.
However, this is not the main intention of this system. Data provided can only be used by Internet users for informational reasons and it is by no means related to the safety of navigation. Information provided may be incomplete, obsolete or contain errors and cannot substitute the on-board safety equipment and, of course, fine seamanship.