Messages API

Static messages (types 5 & 24) broadcast a ship and cargo type, which we provide in the ship_and_cargo_type field. Additionally, we map this value as close to the AIS standard as possible in the ship_type field.

Ship Type - Code(s)

Reserved for future use - 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Wing In Ground - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Search and Rescue - 51
Fishing Vessel - 30
Tug - 31, 32, 52
Special Craft - 33, 34, 35, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59
Sailing Vessel - 36
Pleasure Craft - 37
Reserved - 38, 39
High-Speed Craft - 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49
Passenger Ship - 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69
Cargo - 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79
Tanker - 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89
Other - 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

Vessels API

The Vessels API aims to provide a more complete representation of each ship based on AIS messages, external data sources, and analyzing ship behvaior. This is reflected in ship_type , general_classification , and individual_classification .

Ship Type Values
Fishing
Tug
Sailing
Pleasure Craft
Passenger
Cargo
Tanker
Other

General Classification Values
Fishing industry
Service vessels
Merchant
Inland waterways
Naval
Offshore
Pleasure / Leisure
Rescue
All other Activities

Individual Classification Values
Air-cushion vehicle
Auxiliary ship
Despatch vessel
Lighter
Bulk carrier
Whaler
Buoy ship
Factory ship
Cargo ship
Coaster
Cable ship
Coast-guard
Barge
Chemical carrier
Trawler
Cement carrier
Tanker
Collier
Container ship
Corvette
Cruiser
Cutter
Destroyer
Ship used by divers
Minesweeper
Customs launch
Dredger
Dry cargo
Ketch
Training ship
Escort ship
Research ship/ Survey ship
Ferry
Fast patrol ship
Reefer
Weather
Frigate
Fruit carrier
Floating storage, offtake
General cargo
Schooner
Grain carrier
Floating crane
Warship
Hospital ship
Hydrographic ship
Ice breaker
Waste incinerator
Inspection ship
Lobster ship
Lugger
Banker
Mine layer
Motor boat
Pollution and surface clearance vessel
Naviplane
Ore-bulk-oil carrier
Oil tanker
Oceanographic ship
Ocean-station vessel
Passenger ship
Liner
Livestock carrier
Barge carrier
Drilling unit
Fishing vessel
Lightship
Lighthouse tender
Fishing guard
Platform
Pilot tender
Firefloat
Cargo and passenger
Pontoon
Aircraft carrier
Helicopter carrier
Salvage ship
Supply vessel
Rock breaker
RoRo ship
Rescue vessel
Stand-by-safety vessel
Sloop
Submarine
Support vessel
Patrol ship
Tunny ship
Liquefied gas carrier
Ore carrier
Solvent carrier
Transport
Forest-product carrier
Tramp
Pusher / Tug
Vehicle carrier
Launch
Hydrofoil
Sailing ship
Unspecified
Yacht

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