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Two years of ship tracking data released by MarineTraffic

Density map Density map MarineTraffic

AIS vessel tracking service MarineTraffic has released density maps detailing the global movement of ships for the years 2013 and 2014, using data subsets consisting of billions of vessel positions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The company uses data from its network of 2,000 AIS receiving stations located in more than 165 countries across the world, as well as data from its AIS satellite network partner Orbcomm. The 2014 map, based on a data subset consisting of over three billion vessel positions, showed that over 200,000 different routes were sailed last year.

A crossfade function is available for users to compare the data from 2013 and 2014, while MarineTraffic PRO, SAT and SAT PRO users will have additional functionality, with a filter that enables the routes of different vessel types and sizes to be viewed individually or compared to others.

According to MarineTraffic, comparing the data from both years has highlighted some interesting trends in 2014, such as ships travelling closer to the Somalian coast, and increased traffic from east coast South America to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope.

The company plans to release a six-month density map in July using data from the first half of 2015, which it hopes will show the effects of the new emission control area (ECA) regulations that came into force on January 1.{/mprestriction}

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