Vessel Traffic Information API

Vessel Traffic Information API

Vessel Information API gives you information about all globally live onboard vessels.

API description

About the API:

This API provides live information about vessels around the globe. Check your tracking shipments with this API and receive additional information about the ship in question. The Vessel Traffic Information API provides developers with access to three endpoints, allowing them to retrieve various details about vessels and their current status.

What this API receives and what your API provides (input/output)?

This API will receive the IMO Code. Get information like destination port, departure port, information about the ship, its max draught, how long it is, and more. 

What are the most common uses cases of this API?

This API is ideal for those companies that want to track the vessel's routes. Also, you can enrich your databases with information related to any ship. If you want to check where your ship is located at any moment, this API is the one you need. 

Maritime Tracking and Analysis:

Shipping Companies: Shipping companies can utilize the API to track their vessels' current positions, monitor their routes, and analyze performance metrics such as speed, draught, and navigational status.

Port Authorities: Port authorities can use the API to monitor vessel traffic, track arrivals, and departures, optimize port operations, and ensure efficient utilization of resources.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management:

Freight Forwarders: Freight forwarders can leverage the API to track vessels carrying their cargo, monitor route progress, and provide accurate estimated arrival times to customers.

Customs and Trade Compliance: Customs authorities can utilize the API to track vessels and their routes to ensure compliance with import and export regulations, improve security measures, and enhance risk assessment capabilities.

Market Research and Analysis:

Maritime Analysts: Researchers and analysts in the maritime industry can access vessel data to study trends, analyze market demand, and gain insights into vessel types, sizes, and utilization.

Financial Institutions: Banks, insurance companies, and investment firms can use the API to gather vessel-specific information for risk assessment, underwriting policies, and investment analysis related to maritime assets.

Emergency Response and Safety:

Search and Rescue Operations: Emergency response teams can leverage the API to track vessels in distress, monitor their positions, and coordinate rescue efforts.

Maritime Security: Naval forces and coastguards can utilize the API to monitor vessel movements in sensitive areas, detect potential threats, and enhance maritime security operations.

Research and Education:

Maritime Schools and Institutes: Educational institutions can incorporate the API into their curriculum to provide students with real-world vessel tracking and analysis exercises.

Maritime Environmental Research: Researchers studying marine ecosystems and environmental impacts can access vessel data to analyze shipping patterns and their potential ecological effects.

Are there any limitations with your plans?

Besides API call limitations per month, there are no other limitations. 

API Documentation


Pass the vessel IMO number and retrieve information about the ship. 

Get data like:

  • IMO number
  • Vessel Name
  • Ship type
  • Flag
  • Gross Tonnage
  • Summer Deadweight (t)
  • Length Overall (m)
  • Beam (m)
  • Year of Built


Get Vessel Data by IMO Code - Endpoint Features
Object Description
imoCode [Required] The Vessel's IMO code.
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"status":200,"success":true,"message":"IMO Code 9270622 is valid","data":{"imo_number":"9270622","vessel_name":"AQUAMAN","ship_type":"Offshore Tug\/Supply Ship","flag":"Vanuatu","gross_tonnage":"2332","summer_deadweight_t":"2162","length_overall_m":"69","beam_m":"16","year_of_built":"2003"}}

Get Vessel Data by IMO Code - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


This endpoint will allow you to retrieve the current route of a desired vessel. 


  • Departure Port
  • Departure ATD
  • Callsign
  • Flag
  • Length / Beam
  • IMO / MMSI
  • Navigation Status
  • Current Draught
  • Course / Speed
  • Arrival Port
  • Arrival ETA

Also, retrieve the latest ports, and how long they where in that port. 


Get Current Route by IMO Code - Endpoint Features
Object Description
imoCode [Required] The Vessel's IMO code.
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"status":200,"success":true,"message":"IMO Code 9251183 is valid","data":{"departure_port":"Aspropirgos, Greece","departure_atd":"ATD: Mar 20, 13:47 UTC","callsign":"V7A4876","flag":"Marshall Islands","length_beam":"119 \/ 19 m","imo_mmsi":"9251183 \/ 538009548","navigation_status":"Under way","current_draught":"4.6 m","course_speed":"\u00a0","arrival_port":"Canakkale, Turkey","arrival_atd":"ETA: Mar 27, 22:00","latest_port_calls":[{"port_name":"Aspropirgos, Greece","arrival_utc":"2023-03-18T13:34:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-03-20T13:47:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"2 days, 13 minutes"},{"port_name":"Eleusis Anch., Greece","arrival_utc":"2023-03-18T08:47:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-03-18T13:19:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"4 hours, 32 minutes"},{"port_name":"Romano, Albania","arrival_utc":"2023-03-15T06:46:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-03-16T06:21:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"23 hours, 35 minutes"},{"port_name":"Vlora, Albania","arrival_utc":"Mar 13, 21:14","departure_utc":"-","time_in_port":"-"},{"port_name":"Alexandria, Egypt","arrival_utc":"2023-03-09T17:49:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-03-10T15:17:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"21 hours, 28 minutes"}]}}

Get Current Route by IMO Code - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


This endpoint will allow you to retrieve the current position of the vessel. 


  • Area
  • Current Port
  • Latitude
  • Longitude
  • Navigational Status
  • Speed
  • Course
  • AIS Source


Get Position - Endpoint Features
Object Description
imoCode [Required] The Vessel's IMO code.
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"status":200,"success":true,"message":"IMO Code 9449120 is valid","data":{"position_received":"2023-03-31 15:48 LT  UTC7 minutes ago","vessel_local_time":"2023-03-31 15:48 LT  UTC","area":"WAFR - Gulf of Guinea","current_port":"-","latitude_longitude":"3.3737\u00b0 \/ 6.645812\u00b0","navigational_status":"Underway using Engine","speed_course":"12.2 kn \/ 119 \u00b0","ais_source":"Terrestrial AIS"}}

Get Position - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


This endpoint will allow you to retrieve the current position of the vessel based on its MMSI. 


  • Destination.
  • Reported ETA. 
  • Speed. 
  • Heading. 
  • Draught.
  • Position Received.
  • Latitude / Longitude. 
  • Navigational status.


Get Position by MMSI - Endpoint Features
Object Description
mmsiCode [Required] The Vessel's MMSI code.
Test Endpoint


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"status":200,"success":true,"message":"MMSI Code 577472000 is valid","data":{"destination":"\nODUDU FIELD\n","reported_eta":"\n\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\n\n\n\n\n\n","speed":"7.1 knots","heading":"212\u00ba","draught":" \u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022 ","position_received":"\n2023-07-25 18:18\n(UTC+0),\n20 hours ago\n","latitude_longitude":" 4.42\u00ba \/ 7.13 \u00ba ","navigational_status":"-"}}

Get Position by MMSI - CODE SNIPPETS

curl --location --request GET '' --header 'Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY' 


API Access Key & Authentication

After signing up, every developer is assigned a personal API access key, a unique combination of letters and digits provided to access to our API endpoint. To authenticate with the Vessel Traffic Information API REST API, simply include your bearer token in the Authorization header.


Header Description
Authorization [Required] Should be Bearer access_key. See "Your API Access Key" above when you are subscribed.

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The Vessel Traffic Information is an API that provides information about live on-board vessels globally or within a specified range of areas. It allows users to access a list of vessels and retrieve individual ship details.

To retrieve information about a specific vessel, you need to make an API request to the GET VESSEL DATA BY IMO CODE endpoint, passing the vessel's IMO number as a parameter. The API will return the requested vessel information.

To retrieve the current route information of a vessel, you need to provide the vessel's IMO number in the API request to the GET CURRENT ROUTE BY IMO CODE endpoint. The API will return details such as departure port, departure ATD, callsign, flag, length/beam, IMO/MMSI, navigation status, current draught, course/speed, arrival port, arrival ETA, and the latest ports visited by the vessel.

The GET POSITION endpoint allows you to retrieve the current position of a vessel, including details such as the area, current port, latitude, longitude, navigational status, speed, course, and AIS source.

Yes, the Vessel Traffic Information API provides information about all live on-board vessels globally.

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