You now understand how to add and change the color of your vessels in ShipAtlas, so in this article, you will learn how to access the vessel's card to learn more about that specific vessel.
In Port or On Its Way? This is How You understand the Difference.
After you have turned on the vessel segments you prefer, you can view the vessels 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.
An Arrow Shape: This indicates that the vessel is sailing.
How to Access a Vessel Card
Let us say you are studying a port and you are interested in the vessels at anchorage.
Simply use your mouse to hover over the different vessels to access more information about them. When hovering over a vessel a pop-up will appear over it. This is a diminished version of a vessel card, but already here you can, reading from the left, learn their dead weight, speed, the year it was built, and their loaded condition.
If you are interested in one of the vessels at anchorage you can expand their vessel card. To view an expanded vessel card, simply click on the vessel you are interested in on the map. You can, of course, also access the vessel card of a vessel when you are searching for a specific vessel in the search bar.
When clicking on a vessel on the map or searching for a specific vessel, you may notice a blue line that appears by the 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. This is one of our limited paid features using the Enhanced AIS data. We will explain this further later in this guide.
In the picture below you can understand from the shape of the vessel, its lines, and the information from its vessel card that the vessel is at anchorage while waiting on sailing into port.
When opening a vessel card, you will first notice a picture of the vessel and its name. You will see a grey image if the vessel does not have a picture.
Next to the name is the notification button.
Click on it to receive notifications about the vessels' movements.
Below the name, there are four more buttons. We will explain these buttons later in the guide. Further down in the vessel card, you can learn about the vessel's draft, speed, and latest AIS report. To expand the vessel card further, click on the "More Details" button in the lower right corner of the vessel card. You may have to scroll down the menu to access this buttom.
You have now fully expanded your vessel card and have access even more detailed information about the vessel and its route. If you are wondering about some of the card buttons, we will explain them below.
The four buttons in the upper right corner are the same shortcut buttons we mentioned earlier. Every one of them works as a shortcut to a ShipAtlas feature. Reading from the left these are the "Notifications", "Route from Vessel", "Notes" and View in Map" buttons.
Notifications: This button alerts you when the vessel arrives or leaves a port. Sounds interesting? To turn on the notification, simply click the button.
Note that the button will turn blue when notifications are turned on.
Route from Vessel: You can create a sea route with the vessel by clicking this icon.
Notes: This button allows you to add and edit notes belonging to the vessel.
View in Map: This button shows you the location of the vessel on the map. By hovering over it you could also get the exact coordinates of the vessel.
At the bottom of the vessel card, you can see three other buttons next to each other.
Reading from the left these are the "AIS Information", "AIS Voyage History," and "Photos and Images" buttons.
AIS Information: This option gives you the latest report on the vessel using enhanced AIS. The same data presents you with the blue line when selecting a vessel on the ShipAtlas map. This is one of the limited features of ShipAtlas.
AIS Voyage History: This button access the voyage/trading history for the vessel you have chosen. To have unlimited access to all the vessels voyage history you have to start a Premium plan.
You can read more about the Standard and Premium plans on our website: https://www.maritimeoptima.com/shipatlas/pricing.
The vessel voyage history showing where the vessels have been trading in the past.
Photos and Images: By clicking on this button, you can add/upload photos, and access and adjust the photos you have already uploaded to the vessel.
You now know how to access and manage the vessel cards!
In the next guide, we will introduce you to the port segments.