Using the historical AIS data

We often hear about the commercial value of historical voyage information. Ship chandlers, service providers, agencies and other parties look for this information.

My questions:

  1. What are the specific pieces of information, other than the basic port call history of a vessel that may be useful?
  2. What additional information can be extracted or synthesized from vessels’ historic movements and port calls?
  3. What are some useful filters that can be designed based on this information
  4. How can we make this historical information more useful by enhancing it with additional layers of information about the vessel or it’s voyage?

Feel free to respond to any of above questions.

Thank you

Certainly, @aydin-mammadov ! Historical voyage information can indeed have significant commercial value in the maritime industry. Let’s address each of your questions:

1. Specific pieces of information: In addition to the basic port call history of a vessel, other useful pieces of information may include:

  • Vessel particulars: Details about the vessel’s specifications, such as size, type, age, and capacity.
  • Cargo details: Information on the type, quantity, and characteristics of the cargo carried by the vessel.
  • Trade routes: Insights into the specific routes and regions the vessel has operated in, including popular trade lanes or specific ports frequented.
  • Performance data: Data related to the vessel’s speed, fuel consumption, and efficiency during previous voyages.
  • Incidents and delays: Records of any incidents, delays, or accidents encountered during previous voyages.

2. Additional information extraction/synthesis: From a vessel’s historical movements and port calls, additional useful information that can be extracted or synthesized includes:

  • Patterns and trends: Analyzing historical data can reveal patterns in trade flows, vessel utilization, or specific routes taken, enabling predictive analysis and better decision-making.
  • Port performance: Assessing historical port call data can provide insights into port efficiency, congestion, berth availability, and turnaround times.
  • Weather and environmental conditions: Integrating historical weather data with vessel movements can help identify weather-sensitive routes, potential risks, and optimize future voyage planning.

3. Useful filters: Filters can be designed based on historical information to facilitate specific queries and analysis. Some useful filters could include:

  • Vessel type and size: Allowing users to filter information based on specific vessel types, sizes, or classes.
  • Trade routes or regions: Enabling users to focus on specific trade routes or geographical areas of interest.
  • Cargo types: Allowing users to search for vessels that have transported specific types of cargo.
  • Performance metrics: Providing filters based on vessel performance indicators such as fuel efficiency or average speeds.

Enhancing historical information: Historical information about a vessel and its voyage can be made more useful by enhancing it with additional layers of information, such as:

  • Market intelligence: Integrating market data and trends to provide insights into cargo availability, demand, and pricing dynamics.
  • Regulatory compliance: Adding information on compliance with environmental regulations, emissions standards, or port-specific requirements.
  • Safety and security: Incorporating data on vessel safety records, security measures, and compliance with international standards.

By enriching historical information with these additional layers, users can gain a more comprehensive understanding of a vessel’s performance, market position, and operational characteristics, enabling them to make informed decisions and identify business opportunities in the maritime industry.

Remember to ensure the privacy and security of the data, comply with relevant regulations, and seek user feedback to continuously improve the usefulness and usability of the historical information provided on your maritime portal.


Historical voyage information can provide valuable insights for the maritime industry. In addition to basic port call history, useful details include vessel particulars, cargo information, trade routes, performance data, and incidents. This information can be analyzed to identify patterns, optimize operations, assess risks, and benchmark performance. By integrating real-time data, enhancing visualization, and promoting collaboration, historical information becomes more useful, aiding in decision-making, cost optimization, and knowledge sharing within the maritime community.