You now know how to add and change the color of your vessels in ShipAtlas, but it is time for you to learn how to access each vessel's vessel card to learn more about that specific vessel.

In Port or On Its Way? This is How You Tell the Difference

After you have turned on the vessel segments of your choice, you can view them on your map. In addition to their color, you can separate the vessels by the shape of their icon.

  • A Rounded Shape: This indicates that the vessel is in anchorage or a port.

    • See the yellow icons in the picture below

  • An Arrow Shape: This indicates that the vessel is sailing.

    • See the purple icons in the picture below

How to Access the Vessel Cards

Step 1

Let us say you are interested in one of the vessels in anchorage.

To view a vessel card, simply click on the vessel you are interested in on the map or use the search bar to find a specific vessel.

The vessel card will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Notice the three icons at the bottom of the vessel card.

Reading from the left you can already now learn about the vessel's deadweight, the year it was built, and its speed.

You may also notice the blue line that appears on the map by your chosen vessel.

The thickest line with light and dark blue colors indicates where the vessel came from and the dotted line indicates where the vessel is going.

In the pictures below you can see that the vessel is at anchorage while waiting on sailing into port.

Step 2

To access more information, click on the vessel card.

The card will immediately expand with more information than before, and if you click on "See More Information" you can expand it even further and access even more detailed information about the vessel and its route.

Step 3

Notice the notification button on the right upper corner of the vessel card.

This button allows you to get notified when a vessel arrives at a port or leaves it. Sounds interesting? To turn on the notification, simply click the button.

Note that, the button will turn blue when notifications are turned on.

The Blue Button Menu

Notice the blue buttons that appear in the first expansion of your vessel card.

These buttons work as shortcuts for different features in ShipAtlas.

You can read more about them in one of our other guides in the "Navigation" section.

One of these buttons shows the "Voyage History" icon.

This button access the voyage/trading history for the vessel you have chosen and

is one of ShipAtlas limited paid features for those using the FREE plan in ShipAtlas.

The navigational status, current draft, and estimation of whether the vessel is in ballast or laden are also a part of our limited paid features called Enhanced AIS data.

The voyage history of the African Harrier (Historic AIS data):

The vessel tracks of the African Harrier and the navigational status, current draft, and an assumption of its condition (Enhanced AIS data):

You can read more about our limited paid features in one of our guides under

the "How to Upgrade to the Standard Plan" section.


Congratulations! 🎉

You now know how to access and manage the vessel cards!

In the next guide, we will introduce you to the port segments.

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