- Where’s my ship?
I am tracking the whereabouts of a cargo ship. Said ship last reported a position which is used by http://www.vesselfinder.com on 14 April, when it was in the Red Sea. It is headed for Singapore and then to Hong Kong, so I presume it will have routed across the Indian Ocean, somewhere near Sir Lanka and will be heading down the Malacca Strait. Its recent position isn’t shown by the shipping line, or by (so far as I can see) any of the trackers I can find by googling.
That worried me a bit, but I can’t see any reports that anything has happened to it.
Then I had a quick look more generally. There is a huge gap on the map in the Indian Ocean and the Malacca Strait:
I am deeply sceptical that the South China Sea, the Malacca Strait and Eastern Indian Ocean are clear of cargo vessels.
Anyone know what’s going on?
(Vessel is the CMA CGM DALILA if anyone is better at this than I am)Posted 1 year agodissonanceSubscriber
Looking at their about us they build the maps “utilising a large network of terrestrial AIS receivers all over the world”.
So only pick up stuff near land. You would need satellites for the rest.
That or the deep ones have finally risen in response to the pollution on the seas.Posted 1 year agoGreybeardSubscriber
The FAQ on the AIS website says:
Why the vessel I am searching for is not visible on the map?
The vessel is likely out of range. AIS technology range is about 30-50 nautical miles offshore.
Does that fit with where it’s likely to be? Since AIS depends on shore stations, not satellites, there are also black spots in areas where no shore stations have been set up.Posted 1 year ago
Your standard Malacca Strait pirate mainly take cash and crew belongings, however, there have been a few cases where the entire ship has disappeared and reappeared under another name and flag in some port in the South China Sea. These tend to be small oil tankers and not general cargo or container ships.
Your Somali pirates on the other hand are another kettle of fish and tend to hold the ship, cargo and crew ransom for big payouts or they will take a bigger vessel and use her as a mother-ship from where they will launch skiffs to carry out other attacks.
Posted 1 year ago
Are you waiting for a Container full of Coke?
Vessel is the CMA CGM DALILA if anyone is better at this than I am
That is the vessel that is carrying an exclusive load Ken Dodd lookalike sex dolls, isn’t it?Posted 1 year agoseadog101Subscriber
The ship will have a satellite based tracker, but the company will normally choose to have this hidden. Also, the satellite derived positions will normally mean having to have a paid sub to one of the tracker sites.
Once in range of a coast station it’ll pop up again.
The ship has to have it’s AIS turned on by law, but it’s details will often be reduced to the bare legal minimum for security reasons. Turning off your AIS in the piracy prone areas actually makes it more difficult for the naval escort vessels to track you and come to your aid.Posted 1 year agoCountZeroMember
Piracy seems to be happening off the Nigerian coast, maybe they’re looking for an alternative to internet phishing scams:Posted 1 year ago
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