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Ship Finder Free

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Ship Finder shows live moving ships on a worldwide map.
You can even use Augmented Reality (AR) view to identify ships out at sea using your device camera.

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 on a ship to see it's name, type and destination. Colour coded icons make identification easy too.

If you like this app you'll love the full version of Ship Finder.

The full version includes a huge array of additional features including route history, search, filters, bookmarks, photos, the ability to add favourite ships and much more.

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 in Version 9.0.0

We are delighted to introduce this massive update to Ship Finder Free.

Highlights include:

• Incredible performance - view all tracked ships at once! No more clustering!!
• The app is now universal!
• An all new look and feel.
• Augmented Reality (AR) now included.

We hope that you've noticed that our coverage gets better and better too. Thank you to everyone that shares their AIS data with us. Please let us know if you would like to become a part of our network by sharing AIS data.

Thanks as always for all of your feedback and comments too. We do listen - as you have hopefully noticed!!

Each new version wipes out old reviews so please help us by leaving a new review. You should be prompted in a few days time!

We cannot reply to reviews so if you have any feedback for us please email - we always reply.


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Customer Reviews

Is this a thing?

I purchased the full version, not the free version, a couple of years ago, and liked it and it seemed to be accurate within the San Francisco Bay area. Although certainly four bucks is not going to break the bank, I do have issues that when the upgraded, they deactivated my purchased version, requiring me to purchase again if I want the upgrade. Also, since I do not own the current version, will not let me review on the paid version. I understand subscription software, and how it is probably a better model long-term to ensure upgrades and maintenance, but this was not advertised as such, so find it sketchy and unethical bordering on bait and switch to not have disclosed that there would be continued purchases required to use it. I probably used it for a year before it vanished, but I would be incredibly upset if I had purchased it and the next month the new version came out, and deactivated my old version.

Sleazy marketing

Is this a joke? There really is no "Free" version of this app. All you get is a map with NONE of the ships visible. You have to BUY the app to see them. This is the sleaziest form of app I have yet encountered. I won't consider buying the app just on principle. If I can't see how well it works in the free version, I'm sure not going to give you money to find out the full version is crap! You developers and product managers for this app should be embarrassed to be associated with this app!


This app is really pathetic. They have the information, but won't share it with you. Maybe if you buy the not-so-free version? I will never know because I am so disgusted with their approach. Every time you click on a vessel, instead of offering you some (tantalizing) info, you get a buy-me screen. Maybe I would if I knew what they could offer. If you have access to Google play, check out Marine Traffic. Not perfect, but by comparison, WOW.

Ship Finder Free
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.0.0
  • Size: 25.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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