Maritime REST API. Our SELF-SERVICE System

Jan 14, 2022

Maritime REST API, does it ring the bell?

This article will introduce you to Datalastic’s Self-Service Maritime REST API platform, the importance of REST API, and how an automatic online platform can save many headaches.

Previously in this blog, we have spoken about Globalization and how it affects the Maritime Industry, also have covered what is an API, seen for many, as the connection point for the Globalization process.

Self-service Maritime REST API

Maritime Data APIs

APIs are the connection points between computer entities, like programs or apps, certainly, they are the perfect connection interfaces; from a flight finder online platform to symbolically you in a restaurant. 

The integrated API will connect you and your desired flight parameters, to the servers where airlines have stored their information. Then, the API comes back to you with the data based on your flight criteria.

In the same way in a restaurant, you will decide based on your desired food parameters what you would like to eat. As a result, the waiter of the restaurant will connect and transmit your food call to the kitchen, then, the kitchen would act as the airline servers, where all the data is stored. However in this case, where the food and knowledge are placed, finally, the waiter will bring your desired food that the Kitchen has prepared with much love for you, indeed, like “from the server”. 

 What is an API?

Your waiter is an API! Wait, what?

You can learn more from these examples in a brief video explanation of APIs.

Datalastic is not sponsored by this video or brand, nor any kind of commissions or business-related terms.

Datalastic AIS Data API

Datalastic was established in 2017 as a Maritime Data Provider. Right from the beginning, we focused on the input & output from clients to satisfy their maritime data needs.

That is why we launched the Datalastic API platform.

A Maritime API capable of bringing from Datalastic servers to clients, dynamic maritime data based on their personal parameters.

Which is awesome! But, it doesn’t stop here.

Martitime Data AIS API

With our unstoppable goal of making it more simple, soon, we started to find new ways to improve the Datalastic API platform, as well as, testing new API Architectures for easier communication. We launched a new system, in particular, an accessible REST API platform for users.

Maritime REST API

Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural API style that sets and provide standards between systems on the web. REST is neither a protocol, library, nor a tool, so communication between systems becomes easy.

The REST API architecture makes the implementation of Client and Server independent without affecting the operation of the other.

As a result, developers and end-users can instantly access and use our services just by using their internet browser.

Maritime REST API Description

Now, you don’t even have to be in contact with Datalastic company, in reality, can just access all the data through an automatic online platform and personal account in less than 5 minutes. A new SELF-SERVICE system for all Datalastic clients.

With Datalastic’s REST API Platform, you have open access to global maritime information coverage that its updated almost every minute, of course, the great possibility of adding your customised parameters to withdraw organised and clean data from multiple endpoints. 

Datalastic SELF-SERVICE System

We provide an accurate real-time maritime data API with global coverage, stored in our empowered marine database. Along with, Datalastic’s Historical Data API and Static Maritime Data, movements of cargo ships, locations, speed, Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) & more, are constantly being monitored.

Datalastic’s SELF-SERVICE system allows you to access all this maritime data within 3 super easy steps.

Datalastic Maritime API Logo

3-Steps SELF-SERVICE Maritime REST API System

Maritime Port Data Endpoint

1 – Select Your Plan

Our plans are based on the monthly rate of “requests” to the database.

For example, if you request the current position of 5 vessels, you will have spent 5 points from your monthly balance rate.

After choosing the plan that most fits your project, click on ‘Get Your API KEY

2 – Subscribe

Before subscribing, on the check-out page, you will create your Datalastic account by simply typing your username, a valid email address and your private password.

By default, card payment through Stripe is set, PayPal payment option is available too.

Don’t forget to use your coupon codes!

Maritime API Services

3 – Receive your API Key

Once the payment is processed successfully, you will receive immediately a Welcome Email with your username, your API KEY, and the plan that you have previously chosen.

You are ready to GO!

You can easily upgrade or downgrade your plan in Your Account menu section. 

Now that you have your unique API KEY, is time to test it!

Visit our API Reference where you will find plenty of resources, explanations, and examples. Grab your favourite endpoint and go test it!

Live Vessel Data API Endpoint

Live Ship Tracking API

See vessel real-time location, ETA, destination, status etc.

Selected Zone tracking ship data Endpoint

Location Traffic API

Define a zone and monitor it, to see all ships and more in your selected area.

Historical ship data Endpoint

Historical Vessel Data API

Discover ships historical data location, their status, and destination.

Vessel route ETA data in Live Vessel API

Vessel Finder AIS API

You can search all vessels by type, similar names, draught, deadweight, year built, and more.

Access vessel destination Port in Vessel Maritime API

Port Finder API

Find maritime ports information, location, time zone, country, and more.

Maritime REST API Testing

For example, let’s choose Live Ship Tracking API from the options above.

This API has 3 endpoints; Basic, Pro and Bulk.

Let’s pick the second one, the PRO endpoint. Copy one of the available query examples, set your parameters, and add your fresh API KEY (without {}).

–  Try it with this one:

https://api.datalastic.com/api/v0/vessel_pro?api-key={YOUR_API_KEY}&{PARAMETER}={PARAMETER_NUMBER}

– After adding your personal parameters, it should look like this:

https://api.datalastic.com/api/v0/vessel_pro?api-key=777777&mmsi=566093000

Your desired parameters are highlighted in Bold:

vessel_pro: You chose this Live Ship Tracking API endpoint.

777777: Is your imaginary API KEY for this example.

mmsi: You chose to track a vessel by its MMSI number

566093000: Desired Vessel MMSI number.

Run the string in any platform of your choice, not only you can use it in JSON, you can connect it to your visualization tool like Microsoft PowerBi or simply, test the output results in your everyday browser.

Maritime API call example

*This picture is a screenshot from testing the API with the example mentioned above. The information is being displayed on Mozilla Firefox.

Article Conclusion

After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of what are APIs, and how important is their role in the Maritime Industry. We have seen how important is it to access all the existent dynamic and static maritime data, from an automatization, integration, secure and proper efficiency point, to avoid wasting our time and effort on outdated processes.

Thanks to Datalastic Self-Service, you can access this high-value maritime data without much trouble or permissions, as a result, you will avoid long business talks and multiple email threads to reach the same point, which is, to cover your maritime data needs.

Global Maritime AIS Data Coverage Conclusion

Don’t Miss Any Maritime Data With Datalastic’s SELF-SERVICE System

Interested in acceding to a new perspective of maritime data? Start now! You can get your API Key to access all the AIS Data within a minute! Click the button below to get started right away!

Our team would be happy to assist you with your questions anytime, so feel free to contact us to talk about how our data can help you grow your business or help you increase efficiency in maritime operations. Samples available!

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