Click on the Voyage Planner icon on the Live Map Toolbar. That will prompt the Voyage Planner box to come up.
Now you are able to use the respected field to set a starting point and a destination and visualise the best sea routes.
The available starting points - destination combinations are:
- Port to Port. This option will suggest routes between ports. Click on the search bar and enter the name of the origin and destination ports you are looking for or click on any port visualised automatically on the Live Map.
- Vessel to Port. This option will suggest routes based on the vessel's past routes (if available). Simply search for the vessel that interest you in the origin field and set a destination port as well, either by searching for it or clicking on the Live Map.
- Point to Port. Τhis option will suggest routes between a user-defined point on the map and a Destination Port. Just click anywhere on the Live Map, and the coordinates of the starting point will appear on the search bar. Then select a destination port, either by searching for it or clicking on the Live Map.
You can also add another destination, by clicking on the Plus sign located under the destination field.
As with any destination port, you can either search for it or click any port on the Live Map. Once you have selected the second destination, click on the Display Routes button. The second leg will be displayed.
Now, you may have noticed a small box next to each destination port field. This is the turnaround time. Turnaround time is the estimated total time at port and anchorage areas, which is used to calculate the expected time of departure from each destination. This will be especially helpful if you have selected a leg destination route so you can better calculate the overall time of the voyage. You can either use the MarineTraffic calculated estimation, based on our Port Congestion and Events data, or you can use your own personal experience to select.
Once you have selected both points you can click on the Display Routes to visualise the best route on the Live Map.
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.
You can find all the available information about the suggested route gathered in one place. Click on the suggested route's box that appeared under the options.
You can see there the total distance, if it corresponds with any important zones, such as the ECA or Piracy zones, estimated time of departure, estimated time of arrival, duration and average speed.
You can get even more specific information about each waypoint visualised on the Live Map. Click on the Show Waypoint Details option. All waypoints will be listed below. If you hover your mouse over any of them, you can see is exact coordinates, ETA at this point.
You can also move any waypoint on the Live Map to adjust it to your needs. Hold any waypoint and drag it to a point you feel it would suit you better.
We do appreciate any changes that might provide a better or even safer route, so once you have made any changes to the route we have suggested you can click on the Submit Button. That way, we will receive your suggestion, evaluate it and use it to further help you and other users.
You also have a number of interesting Voyage Options, to further adjust to what you need to do with Voyage Planner. First, you can use the search bar on the top to locate and define a vessel. By doing this, we estimate turnaround time at destinations and voyage average speed based on MarineTraffic actual vessel data. This will further help with the estimation options that are provided just below the search field.
Now, if you are looking to estimate the ETA on the destination you have set, you need first to chose the ETD and average speed. If you have defined a vessel, it will use its data based on previous voyages. Similarly, if you need to estimate the ETD, you need to provide an ETA and the average speed, and to estimate the Speed you need to put an ETA and an ETD, to see what the average speed of the vessel needs to be.
Furthermore, the Route Options will help you get the route the best suits you. You can choose to either allow to use or avoid the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, Kiel, the Arctic or any Inland waters. Simply click on the adjacent box to allow or leave empty to avoid. You can also choose where you want an alternative route to be shown on the Live Map or not.