The exactAIS Archive™ gives customers access to the most expansive Satellite AIS historical data through a pre-packaged and customized service that dates back to July 2010.

Using exactAIS Archive you can easily do the following:

  • Analyse the most complete record of vessel movements on a global scale
  • Reduce risk and plan safest routes based on vessel traffic patterns and seasonal changes
  • Analyse vessel behaviour patterns for the potential prosecution of illegal actions e.g. illegal ballast water exchange, marine protected area encroachment

The Archive provides critical historical data for performing analysis into shipping traffic and trend patterns as well as long-term vessel tracking all across the globe. 


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Customers may now purchase exactAIS Archive historical data dating back to July 5, 2010.

exactAIS Archive data benefits many maritime operational activities by providing the following features:

  • Global archive of over 40 billion AIS messages 
  • Coverage back to July 5, 2010 and growing by more than 40,000,000 AIS messages every day for the most complete shipping analysis
  • Flexible access and delivery formats
  • Historical data can be extracted using wide selection criteria, including:
    • Date and time range
    • Geographical area
    • AIS message types
    • Ship MMSI list
    • Ship type
    • Country

Delivered to suit your needs. Historical data is delivered via data files in the following formats and placed on the exactEarth secure FTP (File Transfer Protocol) for customer retrieval, or can alternatively be placed on a removable disk drive for an added fee:

  • NMEA (No timestamps), NMEA V4.0 (Includes timestamps)
  • XML
  • KML (includes a number of built-in Google Earth features and controls to facilitate replaying of vessel movements for analytical purposes)
  • CSV