Format of Coordinates

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    Marine Traffic

    Dear Dawson and Mark,

    Thank you for your comments. 

    As far as I know, the standard format used by our website is the one you can already see and any setting to select a different format is currently unavailable.

    However, I understand the need to be able to select between formats. As such, I have submitted your suggestion in our system for further review.

    Should you need anything else, I hope that you will not hesitate to let me know.
    I will be happy to assist.

    Kind regards,

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    Marc Servranckx

    @MarineTraffic,

    We support 100% the remark of Dawson Rodgers

    We have constantly a calculator open beside us to transform the geographical data’s

    Best regards out Belgium

    Marc

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    Kevin Hutchison

    The Marine and Aviation world have long used decimal minutes ie dd mm.mmm as the standard format internationally, all our charts are based on it and even without the confusion of WGS84 for our older charts the constant math to convert a position on the Marine Traffic system to the chart is a nightmare we could do without.

    Captian Cook used Minutes and seconds and many of us old die-hards carried, on yet all I can get is decimal degrees ie dd.dddd.

    I have often related to people that minutes and seconds comes as two digits at the end (60), decimal minutes as three decimal places and decimal degrees as five or six with the 5th being 1.1 metres yet somehow Marine Traffic created the fourth format of four decimal places.

    Will we ever see the capability to change to the format, please? 

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    Vasiliki

    Hello Kevin,

    I would like to inform you that we constantly work on improving the quality of our services and your feedback is valuable and will help us achieve that.

    Considering this, I am glad to inform you that I have already forwarded your suggestion to our competent team.

    They will review if this is possible to take effect in our system.

    I hope that if, in the meantime, there is anything else I can do for you, you won't hesitate to let me know.

    Best regards,

     

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    Marc Servranckx

    @MarineTraffic,

    We support 100% the remark of Kevin Hutchison

    On 2017-04-06 we said that we have constantly a calculator open beside us to transform the geographical data’s..., 3 years later it is still so

    We hope that Dawson Rodgers has as much patience as we have or that he left MarineTraffic

    Best regards out Belgium

    Marc

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    Dawson Rodgers

    Hi Marc and Vasiliki

    Still on board (Station 2562) and still waiting.

    I thought this would be a simple fix - most other tools I use here and at Coastguard have an 'options' selection for coordinates format.

    Regards

    Dawson

     

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    Marc Servranckx

    Dawson,Kevin,

    Soon maybe a miracle !

    Best regards out Belgium - Marc

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    Peter Krogsten

    The real solution, which the world is not ready for yet, would be to scrap the 360 degree circle completely. Possibly it reflects old times where we maybe had a 360 day year, but that doesn't explain the 24 hours. Nevertheless the 360 degree and our time-system is closely connected, and all can divided by 3 or multiples of 3.

    Instead we should implement a 500 degrees circle, subdivided in 100 minutes and decimals - or decimals of the degree doing  away with minutes and seconds.. The 100 minutes will make a "nautical mile" equal to one kilometer, removing the knot as a speed unit, and make calculations really easy.

    I use the dd-mm-ss from my 40 years old nautical education. I like it, but it is very easy to make mistakes, especially because the coordinates uses 10-base degrees and 60-base minutes and seconds. One good thing about the "old" system is that it is very easy to convert time to longitude and vice-versa.

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    Vasiliki

    Dear all,

    I would like to inform you that every single user suggestion is reviewed by our competent team.

    Unfortunately I am not able to provide any other additional information considering your suggestions, since we need, first, to test them and decide if it is possible for them to take effect in our system.

    Your feedback is the one that help us improve our services and please rest assured that we always take your opinion into consideration.

    I hope I will have updates in this case as soon as possible.

    Kind regards,

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