Ship tracking is one of those activities which seems a bit weird until you try it for yourself. Particularly if you live near the sea, if you download a ship tracking app we're pretty sure that you'll very quickly find yourself checking the app frequently to see what ships are passing you by, and the journeys that those ships are on.
Despite seeming like quite a niche activity, there are millions of people around the world who enjoy tracking ships. For this reason, there are quite a few ship tracking apps to choose from. We wanted to round up the best to download from either the Google Play Store or the App Store, based on our experiences and third-party reviews. Let's get into it:
The MyShipTracking app is another ship tracking app with an excellent free version - as you can see from the screenshot, lots of ships are tracked on the map and you get the name of the ship as well as the destination in a little pop up. But if you actually click on the information bubble, you get even more information which you might expect to only find in a premium version of the app. The information includes exact position info including longitude and latitude, as well as the speed that the ship is moving at, and lots more information. If you create an account with the app (which is also free), you can get real-time notifications about when ships are departing and arriving. There is also a really nice search function within the app which allows you to search for specific vessels and ports if you don't know where to find them on the app. We're really impressed with the free version of MyShipTracking, download it from the App Store here.
Ship Finder Lite
Hopefully, this guide inspires you to download an excellent ship tracking app and start tracking ships in your area and beyond. Let us know if you've tried any of these and if so, what you think of them.