How to explore: Position History

 - Available on the Voyage Data Service and the MarineTraffic Essential Bundle - 

You can use our Data Exploration Tool to explore the latest vessel positions from around the world in full resolution (high), hourly or differential (i.e. when significant variation in speed, course or time occurs) resolution and apply filters based on speed, course, latitude, longitude and more. 

To search for the Position History click on the Explore Data tab on the Main Menu and then select the Vessels option.

This will take you straight to the Vessels Database Section. You can use the Sidebar to quickly locate the Position History option.


Unlike other options in the Data Exploration Tool, you are required to add a vessel's name, MMSI or IMO number to be able to get the information you need.

After you do so all results about the specific vessels will appear.

Note I: You should be able to see all vessel's positions, including satellite positions if you have purchased a SAT online service, such as the SAT Flex service or the SAT global service.

Click on the Add Filter button and a drop-down menu will appear. 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.

After selecting your filters, the results will appear below. By default, a number of the most popular results will appear. In the Vessel Database, you will be able to see the flag, the vessel's name, their reported ETA and their destination among the most important ones. However, it is easier than ever to select what you want to see. You can hold and drag any of the result columns to re-position and sort them how you want.

Moreover, you can click on the Cogwheel icon on the right to add or remove columns from your view and choose your prefered Time Zone.

Now, to the far right of every result, you will notice a button with 3 vertical lines. Clicking on that will give you the option to view the vessel on the Live Map.

There are some important information and actions at the bottom of the page which:

  • inform you about the total number of records found that match your search criteria
  • enable you to navigate through search results pages by entering a page number or selecting the next or previous one
  • let you decide on the desired amount of search results per page (20/50)

Last but not least you can export the data you have searched for with a click of a button. As soon as you get your results from your specific search, you can export all of them by clicking on the Export button on the right-hand side, above the results. A drop-down menu will appear, giving you information about the process you are about to complete.


Alternatively, you can now select some of them, by clicking on the adjacent button of each result, on the left side. The selected will appear green and a new button will appear on the button that reads Export Data. Click on it to export the selected.