Getting Real-Time Container Tracking Visibility

MarineTraffic has developed a powerful data solution, designed to help professionals in the global supply chain track their shipments with confidence in real-time from origin to destination

By Fotini Tseroni

March 21, 2022

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Today, more and more companies across industries feel the impact of delayed or missing cargo. From increased shipping costs to penalties, product shortages, lost revenue and unhappy customers.

When it comes to monitoring your shipments throughout the sea leg, every minute matters. Timely access to data is key, especially data you can rely on and tools that help you work smarter, not harder.

In this data-rich world, getting status updates regarding your shipment transportation plan in real-time translates into making more informed business decisions, responding better and faster to unexpected events, and reducing costs. Access to full ocean freight visibility in real-time can help master your shipment transportation planning. 

But how “real” is your “real-time” visibility? How do you know that you are getting the most up to date information regarding your shipments’ status? How confident are you in sharing this ETA forecast with your team and customers?

Most of the supply chain professionals we have talked to highlight that you are always competing with time, and most of the time, many hours are spent on non-adding value tasks, and still, you might not be able to get the most recent data available regarding your shipments.

Many of them spend hours checking data on different platforms to combine all the information regarding their shipment transportation plan. To gain complete visibility, they are visiting the carrier's site for track and trace updates, searching the vessel schedules and then checking the position of the vessel carrying their cargo as well. Different sources of truth are gathered making it difficult to find which one to trust.

Imagine being able to instantly access all this vital information anytime, and from a single place. No more “blind spots” in the supply chain operations and no more time spent calling the carrier for updates on the shipments and the schedule.

At MarineTraffic we have created a powerful data solution, Visibility For Containers, which allows supply chain professionals to do just that. Logistics Service Providers, Freight Forwarders and Cargo Owners can supercharge their supply chain visibility by getting access to the most accurate ETA information of their shipments - not only their vessels, from just one platform.

Powered by the world’s most comprehensive AIS coverage, our Visibility for Containers API solution simplifies in-transit complexity. By fusing real-time AIS data with carrier track & trace and vessel schedules, we are able to provide the most accurate predictive ETA for containers for each stop up to the final port of discharge, while all transshipments are covered and port congestion considered. All in one stable platform, independent and reliable offering, a single, real-time source of truth.



Added to this data solution is a new, web-view page which allows users to quickly visualise the data regarding the status of their shipment, as seen below. Moreover, this view can be easily shared to any third party stakeholders that need to get an updated visual overview of a specific shipment, anytime, anywhere.


The MarineTraffic Visibility For Containers solution will soon be available through our platform too. For those who still need to track their containers and access real-time status updates on their shipments from one place but do not want to implement an API solution to pull data into their system, they will be able to easily access real-time container tracking insights directly from the website.

Want to get notified when the online solution will be available? Check here.

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Fotini Tseroni

Fotini Tseroni

Content Writer at MarineTraffic

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