Ship Finder shows live moving ships on a worldwide map. The intuitive design combined with incredible performance puts you in control. Watch in full screen, view in AR, search, add filters and so much more!

Ship Finder has been top rated and top ranking since 2009 and covers most of the world, tracking 20,000+ ships simultaneously.

Our incredible app performance means that you can see all tracked vessels at once - no clustering here!
Simply tap a ship to see its name, type, photos, speed, dimensions and much more.
Powerful features such as filters, search, night mode and the ability to save favourite ships are included. (You can choose Apple or Google maps too!).

Add and browse bookmarks to saved locations around the globe to quickly navigate to areas or ports of interest.

You can even use Augmented Reality (AR) view to identify ships out at sea using your device camera.

Ship Finder works by picking up AIS ship feeds used by all passenger vessels, vessels over 300 tons and increasingly by smaller pleasure craft and yachts. This technology is actually faster than radar and is used by vessels for safety and navigation.

Ship Finder provides near real time “virtual radar” AIS maps. It’s easy to use and is an amazing app for anyone interested in shipping, cruising and sailing in ports and locations across the world. It’s also great if you simply want to know what boats are out there or want to see where your friends and family are. Ship Finder is also used extensively by maritime professionals and mariners.

Our global AIS coverage is impressive and expanding all of the time as we add new AIS feeds and receivers. Please check regularly to see the latest coverage.

Pinkfroot are committed to customer service and continually improve our Ship Finder apps based on feedback. Why not join our online community at or if you have any questions please email us via and we’ll be happy to help.

Disclaimer: Ship Finder should not be used for navigational purposes.
Under no circumstances will the developer of this application be held responsible for incidents resulting from the use of the data or its interpretation.

What's New

Version 9.1.1

Fixes a crash when saving photos to your library

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

715 Ratings

715 Ratings

Not an intuitive interface


I've not found the user interface of this application that easy to use. It seems hard to search for specific ships. Maybe if your use case is "what's that ship over there" the app will serve you well. The free version of the app works hard to up sell to the paid app but that now seems expensive for the experience I've had. I expected more compared to the free web site version.

I'd stick with the free app or use the website if I had my time over again. Hopefully further updates will improve things.

Good- but not perfect!


I bought this app because I wanted to know the names of the cruise ships passing my sea view balcony overlooking the Adriatic at Dubrovnik. On my first use, cruise ships that I could physically see a few miles out at sea or in harbour were not visible on the app. Don’t know why this was as there were hundreds of other cruise ships visible over the rest of the Med or North Sea.
I love PlaneFinder -also by Pinkfoot- and purchased this app on back of that experience but feel let down and would love to get my money back due to the above issues

Large area with no coverage


So a nice enough app, fairly easy to get on with and with some good info.
One big problem is that you can’t check coverage before you buy. This means that living near a port in Norfolk I have no coverage at all.
That’s no coverage for most of North Norfolk, all of West Norfolk and into Cambridgeshire, most of the Lincolnshire coast. Now that’s the whole of The Wash.
An email to the developer got a quick reply, which was good, but no time frame for this to be addressed, which is bad.
Look around and check coverage with others before buying.


pinkfroot limited
40 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© pinkfroot limited 2010-2017


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