How do I register with ShipsData?
Registration in ShipsData is free of charge, to register, please proceed as follows:
- Select the option "REGISTRATION" (available at the upper right corner of the ShipsData website);
- Complete the mandatory fields of the registration form. Please note that you need a valid e-mail address to register and that it will be used as your user identifier. Therefore, it is impossible to register twice with the same email address (note that if you have lost your password, you can recover it);
- Read carefully the terms and conditions of ShipsData. If you agree with the terms, please, accept them. Otherwise you cannot use ShipsData and the registration will stop at this point;
- After you complete the registration form and accept the terms and conditions, you will receive an e-mail with an activation link. You need to click the link to activate your ShipsData account (the link opens an ShipsData page in your browser). If you do not receive the e-mail after a few minutes, please check your junk or spam email folder.
- You are now registered and you can log-in using your email as the login and the password you have entered. If you forget your password in the future, you can use the "Lost your Password" feature which will send an email with instructions to recover it.
Does ShipsData share my personal details with third parties?
All your personal details given during the registration procedure are kept private. ShipsData does not share personal user details with any third party. We use registration information outside of ShipsData to publish usage statistics of the website, and only at an aggregated level (by country, type of users...).
Who should I contact to report a problem with a provider's external link?
If you have encountered a problem with a provider's external link, please report it to the Technical Unit. To do so, use the option "Report an Error".
Does ShipsData provide services such as data-extraction in Excel format or web-services?
No. ShipsData receives data from its data-providers to be published on the ShipsData website only. The access to the website is free of charge, but most of the data remains the property of the data-providers. Therefore, ShipsData cannot disseminate the raw data, or more generally offer tailor-made services to its users. This limitation also prevents the creation of a web-service to extract information from ShipsData to be used by another website or an automated process.
All users of ShipsData, at the time they register, need to accept the "Conditions of Registration". These conditions forbid the bulk-download of data from the website. Without prejudice of legal prosecution, ShipsData can unilaterally block, temporarily or definitely, any user in case of a suspicious usage of ShipsData.
If you require this type of service, you can contact a commercial provider of maritime information such as IHS Fairplay, Lloyds List Intelligence, Clarkson, AXS-Marine...
My account was blocked, I cannot use ShipsData anymore, what is going on?
If your account has been locked, it is because its activity has been considered "suspicious" due to the high number of ships or company you have consulted over a certain period of time. You should receive an email from ShipsData confirming that this was the case. First of all, make sure you are the only person using this account. Registration is free and each user should have his own account. Note also that the "Conditions of Registration" forbid using ShipsData to download large quantities of data, for example to be used in another system.
In "My ShipsData", I cannot subscribe to more than a certain number of ships or companies, is it normal?
Yes, it is normal, there is a maximum number of ships and companies that you can have simultaneously in "My ShipsData". The main purpose of ShipsData is to access the information on a ship-by-ship or a company-by-company basis, this is not a tool to monitor large fleets. This feature to "follow" ships or companies is to be used when you are interested by a few ships/companies that you want to be able to quickly find again in the future, or for which you want to be informed when information has been added or modified in ShipsData. If you need to monitor large fleets, there are other commercial tools, with which ShipsData does not compete (IHS Fairplay, Loyds List Intelligence, Clarkson, AXS-Marine, etc...).
Does ShipsData have historical data on ships?
Yes. ShipsData provides ship historical data on the following characteristics: ship name, flag, owner and class. History is available when consulting a ship detail page, by clicking the option "History" in the sub-menu just below "Ship Search".
Why does ShipsData force ship search by name with a minimum of three letters?
ShipsData was not designed to be a ship search engine. Its purpose from the outset was to provide users information on ships that they know. Therefore, it was considered that three letters is a minimum input to search a specific ship. Note that it does not need to be the first three letters, it can be any three letters in the ship name.
What is the meaning of each IACS status?
"Reinstatement of the class": when the class of a ship becomes valid again after it was suspended (not withdrawn). Suspension happens when a required class survey is not performed at the due date or a condition of class is not dealt within the limit date (these are the most common reasons of suspension, but there are others);
"Class Reassigned": is the action performed by a class society when, after a series of operations, grants a new period of class to a unit that had the class withdrawn. Typical reasons of class withdrawal are the transfer of class (losing society withdraw and gaining society re-assign) or when the class is suspended for more than 6 months.
Are further ship details such as LOA, beam, draft, TEU number and number of tanks available?
This information is not deemed to be "safety" related and therefore is not displayed on ShipsData. Further technical information such as LOA, beam, draft etc. is available on various commercially operated websites.
Are contact details for companies such as email, fax and telephone numbers available?
Yes. This information can be retrieved from the WSDOnline hyperlink available in the company detail page.
Can ShipsData provide photographs and/or drawings for ships listed?
ShipsData is dedicated to helping improve quality shipping and safety at sea. Other websites exist that make ship photographs available.
Is the name of building yard and hull number available in ShipsData?
For many new vessels currently under construction, ShipsData already shows the yard name and number prior to the allocation of the ship's name. However, this information is not available in every ship's name history.
Can all pages associated with a particular ship be printed collectively?
At the moment you can print or download a PDF file of a single ship.
Why doesn't ShipsData display an electronic map showing all ports in the world?
This type of interactive map can be found on other websites about maritime information. In general, the added value of these maps is to track where the ships currently are and where they are going to or coming from. This is not safety related and therefore not the purpose of ShipsData to locate ships in real time.
However, ShipsData has (or is about to have) geographical information on the area of trade for ships. The purpose of this information is to give an overview of where the ship is usually trading. This background information potentially highlights other data available in ShipsData, such as PSC inspections.
Are other PSC organisations going to become data provider to ShipsData in the future?
At the moment, ShipsData receives data from 5 PSC regimes or "MoU" (Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control). ShipsData has information from the Paris MoU (North Atlantic), Tokyo MoU (Pacific/Asia), US Coast Guard (USA), Indian Ocean MoU (Indian Ocean) and Vina del Mar MoU (South America). In total, there are ten PSC regimes worldwide, the others five being the Mediterranean MoU (North Africa and Middle East), the Riyadh MoU (Persian Gulf), the Caribbean MoU (Caribbean Sea), Black Sea MoU (Black Sea) and Abuja MoU (West and Central Africa)
It is the goal and aim of ShipsData to improve quality shipping and safety at sea by enlarging the number of data-providers available in the website. PSC data has always been considered as one of the most valuable information sources and we are in contact with most of the remaining PSC regimes to discuss future collaboration.
Does ShipsData show the "ship risk profile" for each vessel, as used by the Paris MoU?
The Ship Risk Profile is a targeting tool for the PSC Officers of the Paris MoU to set a target frequency for inspection of ships calling in the region. This frequency can be an inspection every 6 months, every year or every second year. The calculation is made by the Paris MoU, but is not transmited to ShipsData as part of our agreement.
However, on the Paris MoU website, there is a tool for users to calculate the Ship Risk Profile of a given ship. This calculation tool requires inputs and ShipsData can be used to find them out.
Does ShipsData have a forum for seafarers to comment on employment policies?
The aim of ShipsData is to provide factual and controlled information to decision makers in the maritime community and as such cannot comment on individual employment policies or provide a forum for such comments. Seafarers should address their comments and concerns as appropriate to either a PSC officer, the ITF or the ILO.
Are fishing vessels available on ShipsData?
ShipsData provides details of merchant ships of over than 100 GT. Fishing vessels, yachts and naval craft are excluded. In addition, the site does not include inland waterways vessels which do not trade internationally.
Are ship's crew numbers available?
No, this information is not available. ShipsData currently has no data-provider that could provide this information.
Are private inspection and vetting reports going to be made available?
Access to inspection reports by CDI is already available on ShipsData, but access is restricted to certain companies and individuals by prior agreement with CDI. Vetting inspections are conducted by private vetting organisations and at present this information is not available on ShipsData.
Is the class related information displayed in real-time?
Class related information on ShipsData is not displayed in real-time, but is subject to periodical reporting by the class societies, normally weekly, but in some cases daily.
However, by clicking on the "Details" of a class certificates, our users can access more detailed information for this ship directly on the classification society website. This information is normally updated in real-time.