To access the MarineTraffic Voyage Planner, click on the "Participate" tab on the Main Menu and select the "Voyage Planner" option.
At the left side of your screen, there is the Voyage Planner Toolbox which enables you to define your planning options. Simply, click on the respective icon to do so.
The available options (from left to right) are:
- Port to Port - Use this option to get suggested routes between ports. Enter the names of the Departure and the Destination Ports and click on the "Show Routes" button (note that you can also suggest improvements to the displayed port-to-port routes).
- Point to Port - Use this option to get suggested routes between a user-defined point on the map and a Destination Port. To set a point you can either enter its coordinates (lat./lon. - decimal values) in the relevant fields or directly click on the map and the coordinates will be auto-completed. When you are ready, click on the "Show Routes" button.
- Vessel to Port - This option allows you to get suggested routes based on the vessel's past routes (if available). Simply, locate the vessel that interests you and fill in the Destination Port. Click on the "Show Routes" button.
- Most Frequent Destinations - This option can be very useful when a vessel has not made her destination known via the AIS. Enter the name of the subject vessel and define her type to view the most travelled sea routes as recorded by other vessels of the same type in the past. As always, click on the "Show Routes" button to view the suggested routes.
Note that you can also include alternative routes (if available) by simply ticking the checkbox next to the "Include Alternative Routes" option. Ticking the "Include Inland Waters" checkbox will also show routes which include inland waters (canals, rivers, lakes etc).
If, for any reason, you want to quickly discard all the changes you may have made, you can click on the "Clear" button and start from scratch.
Moving around the Voyage Planner map is similar to moving around the MarineTraffic Live Map. Using the available options at the upper right corner of the map, you can select the Map Type of your choice by simply clicking on the corresponding option.
Another great feature of the Voyage Planner tool is the fact that you can easily overlay Density Maps and ECA Zones on the map. All you have to do is to tick the corresponding checkboxes.
New York to Long Beach with the Density Maps layer enabled:
New York to Long Beach with the ECA Zones enabled:
Regardless of your choices, the suggested routes will always be listed just below the Voyage Planner Toolbox. Click on any of them to expand it and find more information about the corresponding route.
You are also able to find more information and calculate distances by simply hovering over any of the waypoints that a route is consisted of.
All the displayed routes are based on actual routes as recorded to the MarineTraffic database. However, it is possible that some routes could be further improved. This is why we have included the "Improve this Route" option.