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 30,000+ ships simultaneously.

Our incredible app performance means that you can see all tracked vessels at once.
Simply tap a ship to see its name, type, photos, speed, dimensions and much more.
Powerful features such as filters, search, night mode 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 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.

What’s New

Version 9.2.2

Support for new iPad Pro devices

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Chris hevey ,

Fascinating App

This is great for finding the real time positions of ships you’re interested in, or if you see a ship out at sea, it’s easy to use this to find out its name, where it’s been and where it’s going plus some other interesting details.

The app is limited by the data it can pick up, so if a ship is out of coverage in the mid Atlantic or somewhere, you won’t see it in the app. Not the developer’s fault. Likewise you won’t see most warships etc., as these have obvious reasons for keeping their location quiet!

S1monP ,

Very poor!

I use this developer’s other app ‘Plane Finder’ which is absolutely brilliant! So when my Dad went away on a cruise I thought I must try Ship Finder. Downloaded the Lite version only to find it has absolutely zero features, can’t even search for a ship. So I thought I’d pay the £4.99 to get the full version as I did with the planes. Managed to follow his ship out of Southampton and through the English Channel on the first day, haven’t seen him since! His ship (P&O Azura, so not a small insignificant vessel!) has been completely untraceable for the rest of its voyage down to Madeira where it stayed at anchor for 24hrs (still not viewable) then continued its voyage across to the Caribbean. Where is he now? I have no idea! Just waiting for him to make port, get some Wi-fi and have a chat.

Poor, poor app and a total waste of money. I expected more after loving your Plane Finder!!

PeteD23 ,

Lost at sea

I’m sitting overlooking Málaga port with two big cruise ships in, along with many other smaller vessels, yet the app tells me there is nothing in or around Málaga Bay at all.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Falmouth (one of the busiest ports in the UK) looking at at least three large container ships and literally hundreds of smaller yachts and other boats. Again the app said there was not a single vessel in or around Falmouth Bay.
A couple months ago we booked a cruise and in our excitement we wanted to see where the ship was. Despite being the largest cruise ship in the P&O fleet (and the flagship) the search bar in the app found nothing. The P&O website told us it was just leaving a port in the Caribbean, and sure enough, their live map showed us exactly where it was. Referring back to the Ship Finder app and going straight to where P&Os own live map said it was still brought no joy.

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thank you for leaving a review. We are improving our tracking network every day and are constantly reviewing our coverage. We will take a look at Falmouth and Malaga in detail. Please contact us at if you would like help with a refund. Apologies for the inconvenience.


pinkfroot limited
40.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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