Ship Finder

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 [email protected] 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.

Ship Finder App Description & Overview

The applications Ship Finder was published in the category Navigation on 2010-04-01 and was developed by pinkfroot limited. The file size is 21.89 MB. The current version is 9.0.1 and works well on 8.2 and high ios versions.

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Ship Finder Reviews


Lost on Great Lakes  MadeInDetroit57  1 star

This product does not work in Detroit area or anywhere from Alpena, MI area (Lake Huron) all the way down past Cleveland, OH area (Lake Erie). Huge disappointment.


Good at what it does.  DMead02  4 star

I've used it for years in identifying ships in and around the mouth of the Columbia river, now using it intermationally. Works well.


Very disappointing  Butterbean1  1 star

It doesn't work worth a crap


Awesome  MechanicMark  5 star

I work on the waterfront and with this app I know when a ship is coming in, where a ship is located in the world


Doesn't work on iPhone 7  towboater1958  1 star

I'm a towboat captain and travel many rivers. I had this app on my LG Android phone and it worked great and was very useful in keeping up with other boats in my area. On my iPhone 7+ it doesn't work. It will pick up boats and ships all over the world but will not pickup any in my area. It only shows a small number of boats in the area of Nashville Tn, Grafton Illinois, and lower Mississippi area. There are hundreds of towboats within our river system and it will not pick them up. I have deleted and reinstalled with no difference. Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated and I will gladly change my review if it worked properly. It's a great app when correct. Mark W.

Maserati Mike

Ships Missing  Maserati Mike  1 star

Most of the time when I search for a particular cruise ship Shipfinder cannot locate it, so app is a waste of time and money.

Cager Clabaugh

Ship finder is great!  Cager Clabaugh  5 star

Awesome, works great for knowing when ships will arrive!

Jose Phlee

Nice  Jose Phlee  5 star

Great app

Zzz great

Does what it says  Zzz great  5 star

A great simple app. Shows AIS targets in major areas. I assume there is some shore based receiving stations. As AIS is a line of site system targets far away from a collection point. My boat which has AIS doesn't always show up so I'm not sure the algorithm to show targets to avoid clutter.


It's a dud  Thequ1ter  1 star

Haven't been able to find any boats on northeast Florida coast. Family has pleasure craft on intercoastal and search feature can never find it. I can find it on web but not this useless app. Contacted Apple for a refund and have heard nothing. Don't waste your money on this one.


I want my $$$ back  96755  1 star

No ships near Honolulu. Really? I hope I can get my money back. This app is useless to me.


Sr  Prdsr  4 star

Great app. Enjoyable. Wish photos were attached to each vessel.


Boat owner  Aquiescent  1 star

Terrible App. Can't find boat. Waste of money.


Like this app  Bill_in_CT  4 star

I am in a busy area around the mouth of Long Island Sound and Newport, RI. Very good coverage and nice info. Recommended app.


Bad app  Roblozano1  1 star

Very bad app. I even paid for this. Very disappointed


Not even worth free  Marcreid  1 star

Doesn't track some of the largest cruise ships. Apparently after the ship gets into open ocean, good chance it will disappear off of your screen. Some images will remain but not the cruise line I was following. Money down the drain.


Where's my ship?  irishpubsinger  1 star

Totally useless, don't buy this app.


Beware of coverage before purchasing...  @JCA@  1 star

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.


Very Disappointed  GI-Guy  1 star

Very disappointing. Cannot find ships which I can easily find simultaneously on MARINETRAFFIC. Have written to the Help Desk 5 days ago with no response. Can I get a refund?


Fun for spotting cargo s  forvalaka  4 star

Functional app with a good amount of customization. Wish they would give port of origin and not just destination.

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