Ship Tracker API

Ship Tracker API

With the Ship Tracker API, developers can effortlessly retrieve up-to-date information and track the current route of any ship by utilizing its IMO number. This powerful API is specifically designed for applications that require ship tracking and monitoring functionalities, making it an ideal choice for logistics and shipping management systems. Enhance your application with real-time ship data using this comprehensive API.

API description

About the API: 


The Ship Tracker API is a robust solution that empowers developers to effortlessly access comprehensive vessel information and track the real-time routes of ships using their unique IMO (International Maritime Organization) numbers. Designed to cater to applications requiring vessel tracking and monitoring functionalities, this API proves invaluable for logistics and shipping management systems, maritime tracking platforms, and related applications.

With the Ship Tracker API, developers can retrieve a wealth of information about vessels, including their current position, speed, heading, destination, and other relevant data. By leveraging the IMO number, which serves as a unique identifier for each ship, developers can access precise and accurate details about the vessel's whereabouts and its planned route.

This API serves as a reliable and efficient solution for applications that require real-time ship tracking. By integrating the Vessel Tracker API, developers can provide their users with live updates on ship locations, ensuring efficient logistics management, proactive decision-making, and improved operational efficiency. Shipping companies can monitor their fleet in real-time, optimize routes, and make informed decisions based on the latest vessel positions and routes.

Additionally, the Ship Tracker API supports historical vessel data, enabling developers to access past routes and track the movement history of ships. This feature proves useful for analyzing trends, evaluating performance, and conducting post-event analysis.

The Vessel Tracker API offers a user-friendly and well-documented interface, making integration a seamless process. Developers can easily retrieve vessel information and route tracking data by sending requests to the API endpoints, facilitating smooth integration into their applications.

The API's reliability and accuracy ensure that developers can rely on it for critical vessel tracking functionalities. With real-time data updates, developers can deliver accurate and timely information to their users, enabling effective decision-making, improved operational efficiency, and enhanced customer satisfaction.

In conclusion, the Ship Tracker API is a comprehensive and efficient solution for accessing vessel information and tracking ship routes in real-time. By incorporating this API into logistics, shipping management, or maritime tracking systems, developers can enhance operational efficiency, optimize routes, and deliver timely updates to their users. With its robust features, user-friendly interface, and reliable performance, the Vessel Tracker API is a valuable tool for developers seeking to incorporate vessel tracking and monitoring capabilities into their applications.


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

Just with the Ship IMO number you will be available to retrieve relevant information about the ship. Name, flag, tonnage, and more. 

Also, you will be able to retrieve the current route. Where are they going? Where did they just depart from? Where did they be in the past few days? When they are supposed to arrive? Get all this information with this API. 


What are the most common uses cases of this API?

  1. Logistics and Shipping Management Systems: The Vessel Tracker API is an excellent fit for logistics and shipping management systems. It enables real-time vessel tracking, allowing companies to monitor their fleet, optimize routes, and efficiently manage the movement of goods and shipments.

  2. Maritime Tracking Platforms: The API is well-suited for maritime tracking platforms that aim to provide comprehensive vessel information and route tracking services. It allows users to access up-to-date data on vessel positions, speeds, and routes, empowering them to make informed decisions about maritime activities and events.

  3. Port Operations and Harbor Management: Port authorities and harbor management systems can leverage the Vessel Tracker API to monitor incoming and outgoing vessels, track their routes within the port, and efficiently manage docking and berthing operations. Real-time vessel information facilitates smooth port operations and enhances safety and security measures.

  4. Supply Chain Visibility: Integrating the Vessel Tracker API into supply chain management systems provides enhanced visibility into the movement of goods across different transportation modes. By tracking vessel routes and estimated arrival times, businesses can better plan inventory management, reduce lead times, and improve overall supply chain efficiency.

  5. Maritime Safety and Security: The API plays a vital role in maritime safety and security applications. It allows authorities to track vessels in real-time, identify potential risks or deviations from planned routes, and respond promptly to emergencies or security threats. The API's data can be used for proactive monitoring, incident management, and ensuring the safety of maritime operations.


Are there any limitations to your plans?

Besides the number of API calls, there is no other limitation

API Documentation


Pass the ship's 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 Ship Info - 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"}}


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 Ship Route - 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":"Sulina Anch., Romania","departure_atd":"ATD: Jun 26, 03:21 UTC (3 days ago)","callsign":"V7A4876","flag":"Marshall Islands","length_beam":"119 \/ 19 m","imo_mmsi":"9251183 \/ 538009548","navigation_status":"Moored","current_draught":"6.1 m","course_speed":"\u00a0","arrival_port":"Galati, Romania","arrival_atd":"ATA: Jun 26, 17:11 UTC","latest_port_calls":[{"port_name":"Galati, Romania","arrival_utc":"Jun 26, 17:11","departure_utc":"-","time_in_port":"-"},{"port_name":"Sulina Anch., Romania","arrival_utc":"2023-06-24T19:27:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-06-26T03:21:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"1 days, 7 hours, 54 minutes"},{"port_name":"Alexandria, Egypt","arrival_utc":"2023-06-20T08:34:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-06-21T08:08:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"23 hours, 34 minutes"},{"port_name":"Alexandria Anch., Egypt","arrival_utc":"2023-06-18T21:28:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-06-20T04:05:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"1 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes"},{"port_name":"Romano, Albania","arrival_utc":"2023-06-13T05:08:00.000000Z","departure_utc":"2023-06-14T07:10:00.000000Z","time_in_port":"1 days, 2 hours, 2 minutes"}]}}

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            {"status":200,"success":true,"message":"IMO Code 9270622 is valid","data":{"position_received":"2023-06-28 16:56 LT  (UTC +1)4 minutes ago","vessel_local_time":"2023-06-28 16:56 LT  (UTC +1)","area":"WAFR - Gulf of Guinea","current_port":"ONNE","latitude_longitude":"4.694513\u00b0 \/ 7.169873\u00b0","navigational_status":"Moored","speed_course":"0 kn \/ 59 \u00b0","ais_source":"Terrestrial AIS"}}

Get Current 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 Current 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":" NTOKON\n","reported_eta":"\n\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\n\n\n\n\n\n","speed":"-","heading":"282\u00ba","draught":" \u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022\u2022 ","position_received":"2023-06-28 15:16\n(UTC+0),\n46 minutes ago\n","latitude_longitude":" 4.69\u00ba \/ 7.17 \u00ba ","navigational_status":"-"}}

Get Current 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 Ship Tracker 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 Ship Tracker API is a service that allows developers to access real-time ship information and track the routes of ships using their unique IMO numbers. It provides comprehensive data about ship positions, speeds, headings, destinations, and more.

The API provides a wealth of ship data, including the ship's current position, speed, heading, destination, ETA (estimated time of arrival), and historical route information. This information enables you to track ships in real-time and analyze their past movements.

The Ship Tracker API strives to provide accurate and up-to-date ship tracking data. However, please note that ship positions and other data are subject to various factors such as ship reporting frequency, reception quality, and data source reliability.

The API itself does not provide native alert or notification functionality. However, developers can leverage the data retrieved from the API to implement custom alert systems within their applications, triggering notifications based on specific ship criteria or events.

Integration is straightforward. The API offers well-documented endpoints and provides developers with clear instructions on how to make requests and retrieve ship information. Detailed documentation and code examples facilitate easy integration.

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