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Buckda posted 11-01-2011 06:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  
My sister lives in the Seattle/Kingston WA area and recently posted to her facebook page that a nuclear sub went by her window.

I decided to have a little fun with her this afternoon and called her to notify her to look out her window for a vessel...and then proceeded to describe the vessel.

For awhile, I had her going that I just might have flown out there on a surprise visit and was actually looking at Puget Sound from somewhere nearby...but no, I was checking out a very cool website I thought you guys might like.

www.marinetraffic.com lets you track vessels using the AIS information they transmit. For instance, the Arthur Anderson is running down Lake Superior as I type this. They just cleared the Keweenau Peninsula and are making around 12 kts.

I bet the captain is happy the weather is clear and nothing at all like that day in early November when she was out there with the Fitz when it sank!

Anyway - thought you might like to explore this site - and perhaps have some fun with friends or loved ones who may live on the water where commercial shipping takes place...

tjxtreme posted 11-01-2011 07:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for tjxtreme    
Mind=blown. Thanks for the link.

Moored drilling rig offshore from Grand Isle, LA
Ships from Malta, Cyprus, and Panama currently heading up the Mississippi
... and a Chevron rig called "Blind Faith" in 6500 ft of water.

Jeff posted 11-01-2011 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
It has and continues to offer HOURS of wasted time for myself. I love that site and also have it loaded on my Motorola Droid X2 so I can have it while boating.
jimh posted 11-01-2011 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Too bad MARINETRAFFIC.COM does not have better coverage in the Detroit River area, darn it.
RobP posted 11-02-2011 05:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobP  Send Email to RobP     
You can also get marinetraffic.com as a Google Earth layer

Not sure how I did it but I suspect that if you google marinetraffic.com.kmz you would find it.

David Pendleton posted 11-02-2011 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Jim, on the left side of the page, click on "More," and then check "Stations."

As of this writing the Detroit station is currently offline.

That's probably why you don't see more traffic in the Detroit River.

dfmcintyre posted 11-02-2011 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Jim -

Based on where you work, and the access to equipment, I think you should consider setting up a rx station!

Consider it a winter project...

Don

kmev posted 11-02-2011 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for kmev  Send Email to kmev     
I've been on that site many times, but its hit-or-miss regarding vessel traffic. I have a friend on laker, but his vessel has never appeared any time I've looked. The Spartan, however, which has been mothballed since 1980, appeared the last time I looked a few weeks ago.
David Pendleton posted 11-02-2011 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Have you tried searching for his ship?
jimh posted 11-02-2011 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
David--Thanks for the tip on the features hidden under the MORE... link.

The Detroit area station is located just a few miles from me. I will have to drive by and look for the antenna.

Mac--I am in the process of evaluating an AIS receiver. If the receiver turns out to be suitable, I will probably arrange to buy it.

kmev posted 11-02-2011 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kmev  Send Email to kmev     
David - Yes I have, and it never shows.
kmev posted 11-02-2011 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kmev  Send Email to kmev     
David - Yes I have, and it never shows.
David Pendleton posted 11-03-2011 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
What's the vessel name?
dfmcintyre posted 11-03-2011 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Jim -

Couldn't spot any sort of antenna tower on an aerial database, uh.... that I have, uh.... access to.

I'd imagine you might have great range for an AIS system at work :)...

D

David Pendleton posted 11-03-2011 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
The site does indicate they are looking for volunteer RX stations. In fact, if you live in Africa or S. America, they'll give you a receiver for free provided you meet the other conditions...
kmev posted 11-03-2011 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for kmev  Send Email to kmev     
Kaministiqua
David Pendleton posted 11-03-2011 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=316009457

Underway on L. Ontario as I write this...

kmev posted 11-04-2011 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for kmev  Send Email to kmev     
Thanks. Perhaps I'm not searching properly.
David Pendleton posted 11-04-2011 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
You need to search ALL vessels and not just those IN RANGE.

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