Ever wondered what the name, country of origin, cargo carried or destination of ships in Table Bay or Cape Town Harbour are? Wonder no more – hovering over the ships in the harbours or bay maps below will show you just that information. If you zoom out on the Table Bay Map you will be able to see all the ships sailing up and down the South African coastline and around Cape Point as well.
Clicking on a ship will give you the following information: Flag, Type, Status, Speed and Course, Length x Breadth, Draught, Destination, ETA, Date info received, Vessel Track, Distance to, Photographs and Details.
These maps are brought to you compliments of Marine Traffic who track the movement of shipping via a network of land based AIS receivers.
As from December 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) required all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Identification_System.