Posted on June 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
This morning I observed from my balcony, far up on a mountain slope, an oil tanker down at an anchorage in the Mediterranean Sea. Although I was using a telescope, I could not read the name on the vessel ́s bow.
However, that was not a problem, since I could easily identify her via one of the websites that are disseminating the AIS-info of the global merchant fleet.
To have easy access to the whereabouts of the commercial vessels that sail the oceans does not only benefit ship spotting as a hobby but also has a practical and commercial purpose for many people working in the maritime industry. Although, this was never the reason behind why the Automatic Identification System came in to use.