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Starpath sets up FREE live ship report service underway

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 11, 2009 12:36 PM

Published: 2009-06-11 12:36:30
Topics: Cruising Information


Now you can get all the ship reports within 300 nmi of your location at sea that were transmitted over the past 6 hours to the Voluntary Observing Ship program. Just send an email to:

[email protected]

Include your lat and long in the first line of the body of the message and you will get the reports back by return mail. This is a FREE service compliments of Starpath School of Navigation.

Here are two samples you can try: approach to New York City (40.123N, 72.456W) and the approach to Bremerhaven in the North Sea (55.60N, 3.50E).

The service should work world wide. You can find out in a few minutes if there are any live ship reports in your location. Ships tend to be on the GC routes between major ports.

Send an email to [email protected] with the word "help" in the subject line to get a set of instructions and explanation of the reports. Do not include a signature with the mail.

The reports are compiled by the National Data Buoy Center in collaboration with the US Voluntary Observing Ship program. These data are available online at the NDBC. We are simply forwarding it to vessels at sea via email as a convenience to them.

We also have a way for mariners to calibrate their barometers from anywhere on earth so long as they have Internet connections. That is at Gives the 10 closest places with accurate pressure plus a very accurate elevation for those on land.

Starpath School of Navigation