Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Watching Marine Traffic Around the World

Here is a cool find - a website that shows all marine traffic around the world in real-time.

The website is www.marinetraffic.com

It is an interactive Google Map that shows location, heading, etc of all ships over 70 feet in length.

It is really cool!

One of the fun things about being on the Columbia River is seeing all the ship traffic.

Fun until they blow 5 horns at you!

We often wonder where the ships are from, what they are hauling, and where they are off to... and now we can find out!

This website shows all available ships underway, and where they are located.

It also allows anyone to upload photos of the ship, and you can browse a gallery of the all the photos.

Here is an interesting one... !

Now we can see what ships are at anchor and will be in the way of fishing.
We can also get more information on the various ships we see.

It is really incredible to see just how much traffic is out there.
Want to see something really wild? Go check out the number of ships around the harbors of China!

Its obvious where many of the ships are headed when they leave the Columbia River...

And now when we get the name of a new ship, we can look it up and watch it travel.

Pretty cool!