The Historical Location Traffic API

Oct 10, 2022 | AIS Tracking

Historical AIS data is a valuable data source that can be used for vessel traffic analyses, port calls data, and even accident investigations. 

Vessel historical location AIS data can be used to analyze possible trends in the shipping market or patterns of vessel behavior to track illegal activity.

When it comes to the historical AIS data, users are looking for different data, some want to know what’s the historical trajectory of those vessels, and arriving at which port. At what time? How many vessels reached that port? And much more.

For that, the solution created above gives you the ability to check all the historical locations and movements of the vessels. 

How can I get AIS historical data?

The solution provided above is not only specific to vessels, the good news is that you can also check per port. To make it clear, you can choose the time, the date, and the location, and boom, in seconds the historical location API will give you all the data based on your specification.

The Historical Location Traffic API, allows us to check in detail all the past movements of vessels in a specific area and in a specific timeframe.

What is Historical Location Traffic AIS Data API?

The AIS Historical Vessel Tracking Data API allows you to select any location in the past and view all vessels recorded in that area and search within the time frame of your choice. You can select an existing port and choose to search all the past movements of vessels around it or define the longitude and latitude of the search area.

It gives you information about

  1. The past movements of all vessels in a specific port/area in a specific time frame.  
  2. The past port movements and finding all vessels that have visited specific port/s or other areas in a specific time frame.

How does the Historical Location Traffic work?

We worked on creating the most accurate, friendly solution that fits our customers’ needs.

 Since the historical location tracking API required revision of millions of data points it can take somewhere between 2 minutes to 5 minutes for a request to run.

We, therefore, want to do it as a report request API. After your data request is queued and processed you would get a link with the report in your preferred format: JSON, XML, CSV, etc. 


Reports are processed asynchronously using the single endpoint, the historical location API.


To submit a report you have to use the POST method and JSON payload.

After you request the report, and your request status is “Done” then you can access the report and all the vessels captured within the zone. You can find further instructions on how to create a historical location AIS data API report request in the API References.

The API response will cover the list of vessels in accordance with your search parameters which are the zone and the timestamp.

  • vessel UUID 
  • longitude
  • latitude
  • last vessel position (the time when the ship data was reported)
  • vessel speed
  • ship course
  • ship heading
  • vessel navigational status
  • vessel reported destination
  • distance
Get All the historical data of your area Now!

Don’t know where to start? You can check our Historical location API  to get more information.


Feel free to send us an email at or our contact form if you have any questions we can assist with.


We will be more than happy to help you!

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