Start Using Datalastic Maritime API in 5 Steps

Jan 23, 2020 | AIS Tracking, API Knowledge zone

How to use Datalastic maritime data API?

This is your brief guide to start using maritime data API services by Datalastic.

What is maritime API by Datalastic?

Maritime data REST API is explained very well in the video below. Datalastic REST API web services work in a similar way.

We own a vessel and ports data warehouse with multiple databases that are updated every minute, you can access and use maritime data for a fraction of the actual cost of running such a maritime data warehouse.

See how an API works in the video below

Datalastic Self-service platflorm

Datalastic offers you a self-service subscription model. You do not have to contact Datalastic to obtain the API, the subscription process happens automatically and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.  

Once you choose the maritime plan and subscribe, you receive an email with a confirmation and your API key that you can use for any project that you have planned. 


1. Choose your Maritime API Plan 

Go to the Datalastic pricing page and select the data plan that fits your needs. One of the main differences between plans is the number of “requests” to the database that you will be able to make per month. 


For example, requesting the current position of 5 vessels will deduct 5 points out of your monthly requests balance. 

Choose your Maritime API Subscription Plan

2. Create your account and Subscribe

After choosing the plan proceed to the checkout and payment pages for maritime data API. Choose your username, make sure your email address is correct and get a strong password.


After doing, choose if you would like to register with PayPal or your debit or credit card. Stripe processes your payment, that is how your card details are always safe with us.


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Payment Example Maritime Datalastic API

3. Get your data API via Email


After the payment details are processed successfully, you will receive a Welcome Email with your data:

  • Username: your username that you provided during the registration so you are able to login
  • API Key: The API key to the maritime database which allows you in combination with Endpoints retrieve the data from the Datalastic database that you require.
  • Plan: Your current plan that you have purchased and a number of monthly requests. You can easily upgrade or downgrade your plan in Your Account menu section. 
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4. Choose your Endpoints

Go to the Developers’ Documentation section and choose one of the Endpoints that you require.

For example, for this demo, let’s choose Real-time Ship Tracking API Endpoint.

Choose your parameters and plug your API key in (without {}).{YOUR_API_KEY}&imo=9525338


You can run the string in any platform of your choice. You can use it in JSON, connect it to your visualization tool like Microsoft PowerBi or simply test the output result it in your browser.

Developers Documentation to maritime API
Real-Time Ship Tracking API Example

5. Test & Use

You can run the string in any platform of your choice. You can use it in JSON, connect it to your visualization tool like Microsoft PowerBi or simply test the output result it in your browser. 


Real-time Vessel Tracking API Example

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