10 Best Maritime Data Providers

October 27, 2020
Data Expert Lucy
Lucy Kelly Research Analyst at Datarade
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Over 90% of the world’s goods are sent from A to B over the sea.

Millions of vessels belonging to hundreds of fleets are responsible for shipping cargo along the international maritime supply chain. Marine transportation companies must ensure that their ships can traverse the seas as efficiently as possible to meet global demand.

However, there are numerous challenges to overcome when it comes to keeping marine traffic flowing smoothly. Vessels must ensure that they’re complying with maritime regulations as they travel between ports and nautical jurisdictions. On top of this, vessels face other serious obstacles, from high fuel costs to threat of piracy.

How can shipping companies protect their interests and mitigate these costly risks?

Maritime data providers supply intelligence to ensure that individual ships and entire fleets can navigate the seas safely. Maritime data is used for predictive analytics and vessel tracking, so that fleets around the world can avoid risks, reduce emissions, and boost efficiency, based on real-time maritime insights.

We’ve compiled a list of the best maritime data providers.

The 10 Best Maritime Data Providers

IHS Markit’s Maritime Portal provides intelligence for over 200,000 vessels, covering over 600 different data fields. IHS Markit also offers AISLive, a vessel monitoring solution which uses both satellite and terrestrial signals to provide data on the actual position of vessels as they move between worldwide ports and across oceans.

myshiptracking.com provides data which can be filtered according to vessel type: commercial ship, cargo carrier, ferry, container, and military boat. myshiptracking.com enables logistics managers at maritime companies to optimize their route planning and allocation of resources according to real-time marine traffic intelligence.

vesseltracker.com has over 10 years of experience in the global shipping industry and powers vessel movement with data-driven trade algorithms. The company’s maritime database is one of the most accurate and comprehensive available, allowing vesseltracker.com to bring transparency and efficiency to shipping fleets across the world.

MariTrace offers global shipping and trade data. MariTrace’s maritime intelligence is gathered from 1.6 million vessel signals every hour, with 7,500 ports logged and over 3 million vessel port calls stored in the company’s database. From piracy identification to real-time ship monitoring, MariTrace enables companies and investors to get the clearest picture of international maritime trade.

Tidetech Marine Data offers the most comprehensive ocean and weather data in the world. For shipping companies, Tidetech Marine Data offer forecast, nowcast and historical data via its integrated API so that logistics managers can select the most efficient and secure routes, cutting fuel costs and emissions.

Spire is a maritime intelligence company. Spire provides data-driven solutions for a range of use cases via products including Vessels API and Satellite AIS data. Spire’s data offers global coverage and can be used for vessel route visualization and historical movement analytics.

FreightWave’s data product SONAR enables users to track freight movements across every mode of logistics, marine transport included. With near real-time monitoring capabilities, SONAR can be used to create the most up-to-date predictive models and live route plans for vessels in seas and ports across the world.

MarineTraffic offer real-time vessel tracking services via the company’s live map, which allows users to monitor individual ship movements anywhere in the world. MarineTraffic’s maritime data API also offers historical data for vessels, which users can filter according to time period or geographical region.

Windward offers data science covering maritime security, compliance and supply chain management. Windward’s maritime data is powering progress in the maritime industry as fleets move towards digitalization - making transporting cargo across water as low-risk and efficient as possible with data-driven decisions

FleetMon offers a live tracking service for vessels and ports across the world, as well as shipping schedule, AIS positioning, and trading patterns information via its API. The company gathers maritime insights from satellites and marine charts, with over 500,000 vessels covered by FleetMon’s database.