Top Ship tracking websites, Get ships accurate location.

Why ship tracking? How does ship tracking work? who benefits with ship tracking?

We are living in a digital era with time we have seen a rapid technological advancement. Now we have satellite services that can help a seafarer and seafarers family to track the ship. It not only gives satisfaction to the family but also ensures the safety of vessels from various threats. We have VMS (Vessel monitoring system) and AIS(Automatic Identification System) so now it is easy for marine agencies, vessel owners, Port state security officers, and even coast guard to know about the movement of the ships.

We have so many websites that provide ship actual position with the help of AIS (Automatic Identification System). Every vessel with AIS emit signals to a satellite about Route, Position, Speed, Name, Type of vessel. All thanks to google for providing us with google maps, Now with this information different websites plot the position of the vessel on the map and show us online. With these online websites family members already know where their child/husband/wife is heading and it gets them in relief that if they are in middle ocean they will call when they reach port.

Not wasting much time and coming to top websites that provide the accurate position of the ship/Tracking details of the vessel. After doing a bit of research and checking many websites we came across the Top Ship tracking websites so that you yet ships accurate location.

Top Ship tracking websites

RANK 5 –

According to the traffic it will be on 4th rank defeating fleetmon but fleetmon is very user friendly and our experience with fleetmon was better so we are putting on the 5th rank.

You can see the image below when you log on to after that you will click on vessels and after that, you can search for the desired vessel by name,mmsi and IMO number.

Top Ship tracking websites

RANK 4 –

On the 5th rank of top Ship tracking websites is fleetmon. The website looks very compact and user-friendly it also provides Latest Maritime News.

Top 5 Ship tracking websites.

This website provides basic details like –

  • AIS name
  • length in m
  • Type, eg-Container
  • Flag, eg – Panama
  • IMO, eg – 9703291
  • MMSI, eg-355906000
  • Callsign 
  • Year Build

And below basic details, you can find the ships position and even provide the option to the user for live tracking.

RANK 3 –

The first look of the website is messy but within few second you will understand what is the purpose of the website. It works perfectly and does the job easily. This website is so user-friendly that you will never have it can never leave a user in doubt.


Vesselfinder is another very important website and ranks top 3 in google search. Website looks decent and does the job.

This website also provide basic informations like the following on the left side and map on the right hand side on the map top right hand side you can notice a search bar. In the search bar you can put Ships name/MMSI/IMO number.

  • AIS name
  • length in m
  • Type, eg-Container
  • Flag, eg – Panama
  • IMO, eg – 9703291
  • MMSI, eg-355906000
  • Callsign 
  • Year Build


According to us the best website is Marinetraffic. They even rank 1 in google search and might be the website with the highest traffic in the list. They not only let you track vessel or know the previous port they also offer so many different plans.

  • Main offices in the UK, Greece and Singapore.
  • They say Our mission to bring about transparency and meaningful change to the maritime world is underlined by partnerships with bodies such as the International Maritime Organisation, and The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

You might think on what basis we are ranking these websites ? So basically we rank on the basis of popularity of the website that is where they rank after searching in google. And also how fast, useful and informative they where. All 5 websites work awesome and we can say it was a neck to neck competition. Its our ranking and we did not take money from any of the above website.

Electronics to take onboard

Entertainment is always important and onboard you don’t have a shop to get essential electronics. Some of the basic things that you must take onboard are Pendrives, harddisk, Earphones, Under earphones you should keep a wired earphone also even if you have a wireless earphone. If possible take laptop with you that is good support. If you want some alternative for a laptop you can take Tablet. Tablet can help you read ebooks and can even take care of your entertainment. If you are thinking of buying a laptop or Tablet, I will say go for a laptop. There are many things currently that a laptop can do but a tablet can’t.

Here are some of the very essential items that one should take onboard.

1. Wired Headphone

2. Wireless Earphone

3. Pendrives

personally I don’t own Toshiba Pendrive but you are getting 16GB just for 262 and its way low than other pen drives.

4. Hard disk

5. Power Bank

6. International Travel Adaptor

Salary in merchant navy. How much different positions earn in the merchant navy?

This is one of the most common question that students search before coming into the merchant navy field. And everyone knows about the high salary that merchant navy offers. One might have heard comments such as “Bhai paisa chap raha hai (This person is printing money)”. Not wasting much of my readers time directly jumping to the question – How much Merchant navy officers get?

Merchant Navy salary

There is a hierarchy system at the top is the Captain and Chief engineer they earn maximum and as you go down the hierarchy system to Rating and Cadets (Deck and Engine) they get the lowest salary. Now One must note that salary largely depends on the type of vessel and the Company one is working in.

So let’s start with numbers now, We will start from the bottom of the hierarchy system. So the salary of Different Merchant Navy officers are as follows.


  1. Rating (300-500$ per Month)
  2. AB (around 750$ depending on seniority)
  3. Cadet (500-700$ per Month)
  4. Third Officer (2800–4000$ per Month)
  5. Second Officer (3400 – 5000$ per Month)
  6. Chief Mate (7000-10000$ per Month)
  7. Captain (9000-15000$ per Month)


  1. Cadet (500-700$ per Month)
  2. Oiler (750-1000$ per Month)
  3. Electrical officer (2500-4500$ per Month)
  4. 4th Engineer (2800-4000$ per Month)
  5. 3rd Engineer (3400 – 5000$ per Month)
  6. 2nd Engineer (7000-10000$ per Month)
  7. Chief Officer (9000-15000$ per Month)

The cook on board can earn somewhere around 900-3000$ per month. Depending on his experience, Knowledge, Quality, Reviews.

After knowing the salary you might want to join merchant navy now, To know more about merchant navy and to know how you can join merchant navy continue reading this article-

How to join the Merchant Navy.

In this section, we will be answering the following questions-

  • How to get into the merchant navy field?
  • Salary in merchant navy?
  • Collages in merchant navy?

You can join merchant navy after class 10th or after class 12

If you are joining the merchant navy after class 10 then you can go for G.P. Rating. You can start making money just after completing the 6-month course but that will not make you an officer. ( you can become an officer but the path is really difficult and will take a lot of years)

After class 12 you can give IMU CET EXAM and get into Collage either as a DNS cadet BSC in Nautical Science Cadet or A marine engineer. What is the difference between Bsc and DNS?

So now we have 2 departments Engine department and deck department. (BSc in NS and DNS are for Deck Department and marine Engineering is for Engine Department).

Now here you have to make a choice between Engineering and BSc

Writing everything about both the department will make the content very vast so i will put some of the Big Differences


Assuming you know what you want to do so its time to talk about college

To get into a college after class 12th you have to give imu CET (IMU stands for Indian Maritime University). To give some sample IMU CET tests click here.

IMU CET happens after your class 12th Boards so make sure following things are right for you

  • See the Criteria for how much marks you need in class 12th so that you can give IMU Cet. (I am not providing the exact number as that can change so better check before you appear for the exam.)
  • You must not be colour blind for deck cadet (ie for BSc and Dns).

After the results come you will have to make the college selection. On basis of your marks you will get a college. If you want to know this in detail comment below and will come back to you.

BSC in Nautical Science Or DNS?

If you are thinking of joining the Deck side of the merchant navy then you will have 2 basic options Either you will go for BSc in Nautical Science or DNS. So Let me help you select one of them. If you are already doing any of the course i will say both of them is nice and don’t have much difference. But if you have just completed your 12th and want to choose one then you must read the complete article and choose whatever works best for you.

  1. BSC Nautical Science is a 3 years course whereas DNS is 1 year Course.
  2. BSC cadets will do 12 months sea time whereas DNS Cadets will have to Serve as a cadet for 18 Months. (Life of cadet is tough as people say, not my personal opinion).
  3. BSC Cadets after completing cadetship can appear for Exams (Written and Orals) and become 3rd Officer. BUT for DNS cadets they will have to do 4 Months class and after that they can appear for EXAMS.
  4. BSC Cadets are obviously older in age so you can assume them to be more mature to every condition.
  5. If after some time you want to quit this field like just after sailing for 1 year then in case of BSC you will have a BSC degree and you can appear in any exam that a normal graduate can give.
  6. The Level of knowledge will differ in the two candidates one doing a 3 years course and others doing just 1-year course. (Sometimes we have seen DNS cadets who know much more than a BSc cadet but revere is normally true).
  7. For BSC you will need around 6 Lakhs whereas for DNS it will be around 2 lakhs (talking for IMU )

How to Fill CRB or TAR book

How to get a TAR book or CRB(Cadet Record Book).

Before going on board you need to go to the CMMI(The company of master mariners of India) to collect your TAR Book. Before going CMMI make sure you made your company or Collage email CMMI office. Once your company or college emailed CMMI you can go and collect CRB from the office. It is hardly a hour work.

Where is CMMI ?

Here is the official website

Click on this link to get the location of CMMI Mumbai

How to fill CRB / How to Fill Tar book.

After taking the TAR book make sure you remember the Number on the cover that is important.

This video can help you guys know how to fill TAR book or Cadet Record book. Let me know of this video was helpful.

Top 13 Shipping Companies 2020

  1. COSCO
    • It owns 1114 ships.
    • The fleet calls at over a thousand ports worldwide.
    • Founded in April 27, 1961
  2. V Ships
    • 940 Vessels
    • Founded 1984
    • Number of employees 3,000 ashore And 44,000 at sea.
  3. Anglo-Eastern
    • 831 Vessels
    • It has its own collage
  4. Maersk Group
    • Total of 786 Vessels
    • It is the world’s largest container shipping company by both fleet size and cargo capacity.
    • With a Total of 350+ Offices worldwide
  5. Schulte Group
  6. CMA CGM Group
    • with 509 vessels and 110,000 employees
    • French shipping company which was founded in 1996.
    • With a presence in 160 countries through 755 agencies, 750 warehouses.
  7. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
    • With more than 500 Vessels.
    • MSC is a Geneva-based Italian shipping company.
    • Around 500 offices worldwide.
  8. Fleet Management
    • One of the world’s largest independent third-party ship management companies.
    • 463 vessels
  9. Thome
    • 400 Vessels
    • Around 12,000 seafarers.
    • Thome celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2018
  10. Wilhelmsen
    • 396 Vessels
    • Early in the year, Wilhelmsen Shipmanagement ventured into the offshore wind sector. 
  11. Synergy Marine Group
  12. Hapag-Lloyd
    • operates 236 ships with a capacity of around 1.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units. (according to
  13. Ocean Network Express
    1. Operations will be performed through a fleet of 240 vessels, including 31 super-large ships, such as the world largest 20,000TEU container-ships, in a service network covering over 90 countries around the world.

How to find compass error

Azimuths are tabulated from North or South towards East or West. Amplitudes are tabulated from East or West from North or South.

Step 1 – Observe suns bearing on the celestial horizon note it with the time of observation.

Step 2 – We will have to find the time in GMT so that we can use the time in Nautical Almanac.

Step 3 – Find Declination, (if the value is increasing, the d correction is to be added otherwise subtracted.)

Step 4 – Find LHA

Step 5 – Compare observed azimuth to calculated azimuth. Compass Error is the difference between the two values.

Tan Z = (( Cos DEC ) (Sin LHA)) / ((( Cos Lat ) ( Sin Dec )) – (( Sin Lat) ( Cos Lat )( Cos LHA)))

If LHA is More than 180 than it is entered as negetive. If Dec and Lat are contrary name,Dec is entered as a negetive. If Z is negetive add 180 degrees.