CAPE HENLOPEN SHIP TRACKER (AIS) WEBSITE

This chart uses the MarineTraffic.com Website to track the location of vessels transmitting Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals near Cape Henlopen.



The two charts below use the ShipPlotter software to track the location of vessels transmitting Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals near Cape Henlopen.

They are active only during the summer season.

The receiver (a SmartRadio SR162) receives from downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The chart currently updates every 7.5 minutes (browser refreshes every minute).

Shared data from other ShipPlotter stations, when available, provides this wider-area view:

VESSEL COLOR CODES:

Signal strength varies depending on factors such as the vessel, its antenna and location. Vessels which drop out of range for 10 minutes or more become shaded before they are dropped from the chart after 30 minutes.

AIS data-bursts identify the vessel once every six minutes, so the vessel's nine-digit international ID number (MMSI) is used for unidentified vessels until ShipPlotter receives the vessel's name.

Displayed next to the vessel name or MMSI in brackets is the vessel's country of registration code. The World Shipping Register lists details on more than 100,000 registered vessels.

Pilot boats Brandywine, Delaware, Lewes and Philadelphia dock adjacent to the Lewes ferry terminal. The pilots and sometimes Coast Guard personnel board ships in the pilot boarding area east of Cape Henlopen.

Delaware Bay Launch Service has a fleet of four pilot vessels -- Big Stone Express, Big Stone 5, Breakwater, and Big Stone Pride -- which service vessels anchored in and around the lower Delaware Bay.

MV Twin Capes, MV Cape May, MV Delaware, MV New Jersey and MV Cape Henlopen are the Cape May-Lewes ferry vessels. Read more about them on the Delaware River and Bay Authority Web site.

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