MarineTraffic.com is a live map showing the location of shipping of 299 GT (gross tonnage) or over. Sounds boring but in fact it’s a totally awesome mashup of data. You can zoom into your local coast and see what’s pottering about or you can follow a ship in the news and see what’s happening to it.
Here’s what’s going on in the English Channel:
Here are the ships waiting to go through the Panama Canal.
You can also follow ships that are in the news. Here’s the MSC Opera which lost power in the Baltic and the tug Svitzer Trym in attendance. If you click on a ship you can get further details, including the speed and pictures of the vessel.
Finally, here’s one of the UK’s latest warships undergoing trials. HMS Dragon is a Type 45 destroyer.
Great resource if you want to see what’s going on, especially if you have a sea view and you want to know what’s floating past.