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Ship Finder

By pinkfroot limited

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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 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 in Version 9.0.0

We've been working hard on iOS 9 features!

This one includes...

• Split Screen multi-tasking! On certain iPad models you can open another app alongside, why not try Plnane Finder?
• Incredible performance - view all tracked ships at once! No more clustering!!

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

Beware of coverage before purchasing...

This app currently has too many coverage inconsistencies to be of widespread value. The port of Charleston, SC is the 7th largest in the US based upon cargo value…yet Ship Finder shows no vessel activity in or around Charleston Harbor. A previous reviewer noted no coverage on the Great Lakes, and others have noted missing coverage elsewhere. A somewhat belated response to me from the app’s developer (Pinkfroot Ltd) regarding the lack of Charleston area ship data stated that they “see that our Charleston AIS feed is offline at the moment.” Well, if that’s the case, it’s been offline for well over a week now. A competitive app (Marine Traffic) is available for just a dollar more, and has consistently produced better port coverage in all areas checked (including the Charleston and the Great Lakes regions), with none of the random missing data of Ship Finder. So take advantage of the “Ship Finder Free” version and confirm availability of ship tracking information in your desired area prior to making a purchase…or just go with the seemingly much more reliable and consistent Marine Traffic app.

Missing Great Lakes Data! - But Fully Functional

Caution - Most of the Great Lakes is not covered by this app - if you plan to use for these waters, check carefully before purchasing. In their defense, pinkfroot has replied that they will try and add AIS data feeds from the Great Lakes.

Apart from this caution, this app works great. The information on AIS vessels is informative and more complete than some competing apps. Recommended as long as you verify AIS feeds are complete for your areas of interest.

Can't find docked ships

A friend is on a huge passenger ship in a major Latin American port. The ship is not underway, yet, but can easily be found by "Marine Traffic" app, but not by this app. Am guessing this app will pick it up once the ship is underway, but why no data on docked ships of this size??! Less than ideal, in short.

Update: once this ship left port, this app was able to track it for the first few hours. Then, all of a sudden, the app couldn't locate the ship.

Conclusion: This app is a waste of time and money. Its data feed is intermittent, at best.

Ship Finder
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated:
  • Version: 9.0.0
  • Size: 21.2 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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