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Shipfinder Help

Shipfinder Online is provided by IHS Fairplay

Use of the system

From the initial search page you are able to search for vessels using the IMO Number, Current Ship Name or Previous Ship Name. When using the Current or Previous Ship Name fields there is an additional option to select, using the pull down arrow, 'starts with' or 'contains'.

Once you have entered a value click on the 'Go' button, which will then display the results of your search. In the event that the search returns more than 10 matches, the horizontal arrows (< < > >) can be used to scroll up and down the pages. The results will be listed in alphabetical order.

From the results page it is possible to click on any of the displayed fields for a particular vessel to display the selected key field. A print option is available.

Data Coverage

Shipfinder Online has been designed to provide users with access to the latest information on selected key fields. Updated daily the facility will enable users to check the current ship status on the following fields:-

  • LR/IMO Number
  • Satcomm I.D.
  • Official Number
  • Callsign
  • MMSI Number
  • Current Ship Name
  • Former Names
  • Owner
  • Manager
  • Shipbuilder
  • Shiptype
  • Year Of Build
  • Port
  • Flag
  • Gross Tonnage
  • Net Tonnage
  • Deadweight
  • Class
  • Class Status
  • Last LR Survey Date
  • Length
  • Breadth
  • Draught
  • BHP
  • Moulded Depth
  • Footnote

Data Definitions

LR/IMO number
Unique identifying number assigned by IHS Fairplay to each ship at initial database entry. This number never changes, remaining with the ship throughout its active existence and beyond (after disposal, total loss etc.). These numbers are never re-assigned or re-used. This unique ship identifier is also used as the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) identification number.

Satcom I.D.
Inmarsat Numbers have been sourced from Inmarsat. The Inmarsat Number for each ship has been selected to give priority to voice communication. For full description please refer to the Key to the Register of Ships, which can be found at the beginning of each volume.

Official Number
The identification number assigned by the national authority.

Call Sign
Signal letters or radio call sign assigned by the relevant national authority.

MMSI Number
The Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is dispayed where known. These identifiers are supplied by National Authorities under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is based in Geneva. The ITU is an international organisation within the United Nations System, where governments and the private sector co-ordinate global telecommunication networks and services. Each number is unique and used to identify an individual vessel (or shore-based) radio installation. It is used within GMDSS as a vessel code.

Former Names
The former names are listed in chronological order.

Registered owner
This represents the legal owner of the ship and the name that appears on the ship's papers. It may be an owner/manager or a wholly-owned subsidiary in a larger shipping group or it may be a paper, or brass-plate company, created on paper to legally own a ship or ships and limit liability for the real owners. This may be a legal requirement of the flag state with which it is registered.

The company responsible for the day to day decisions on the ship (bunkers, spares, crew, repairs etc.) and the best contact for the ship. This company is also responsible for purchasing decisions on marine products and port services.

The shipbuilder and place of build are displayed and reflects where the hull of the ship was built.

The description given is the basic type and function of the ship.

Date of Build
Indicates the date of build of a ship. However for a full description please refer to the Key to the Register of Ships, which can be found at the beginning of each volume.

Port of Registry
The port of registry shown is normally the place name permanently recorded on the ship.

Indicates the flag registry under which the ship normally operates.

Gross tonnage
The gross tonnage is broadly the capacity in cubic feet of the spaces within the hull, and of the enclosed spaces above the deck available for cargo, stores, fuel, passengers and crew, with certain exceptions, divided by 100. Thus 100 cubic feet of capacity is equivalent to 1 gross ton. It is used as a basic figure for the calculation of pilotage and towage dues, as well as dry-dock fees, and the base upon which certain insurance premiums are calculated.

Net registered tonnage
This is assumed to represent a measure of the ship's freight earning capacity, and is the figure usually employed to assess port and light dues. Derived in accordance with the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement 1969, this figure is calculated by deducting from the gross tonnage, those spaces used for accommodation, navigation and the propulsion system.

The weight in tonnes (1000 kg) of cargo, stores, fuel, passengers and crew carried by the ship when loaded to her maximum summer loadline.

Indicates if a ship is classed - the initial letters of the Society are recorded.

Class Status
Indicates the current class status.

Last LR Survey Date
Indicates the last Special Survey date.

Length (overall)
The extreme length of the ship, recorded in metres to two decimal places.

Length (registered)
The registered length of the ship as given on the ship's certificates. This is recorded in metres to two decimal places. This will only be displayed when measurements for length overall and length between perpendiculars are not available.

Length (BP)
The length between perpendiculars, recorded in metres to two decimal places. This is the distance on the summer load waterline from the fore side of the stern to the after side of the rudder post, or to the centre of the rudder stock if there is no rudder post. This will only be displayed when length overall is not available.

Breadth (extreme)
The extreme breadth, recorded in metres to two decimal places. This is the maximum breadth to the outside of the ship's structure.

Breadth (moulded)
The moulded breath, recorded in metres to two decimal places. This is the greatest breadth at amidships from heel of frame to heel of frame. This will only be displayed when breadth extreme is not available.

Draught (m)
In most cases this is the maximum summer draught amidships, but in some ships of special construction the maximum draught is at the after end, and this figure is recorded. Further information can be found in the Key to the Register of Ships, which can be found at the beginning of each volume.

The total output of the prime movers recorded in brake horse power.

Moulded Depth
The moulded depth, recorded in metres to two decimal places. This is the vertical distance at amidships from the top of the keel to the top of the upper deck beam at side.

Records a casualty notation if applicable.