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Ron' Breizh
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« on: September 21, 2013, 11:29:41 pm »

Hello guys!

As you can see in the following link, the website marinetraffic.com will change its interface soonest with more ads, some tariffs following subscribed services, no possibility to put the map on full screen mode, no automatic refresh of the map if you are not registered...etc

http://new.marinetraffic.com/en/p/plans

Nothing is free in this world!

Bad news...  Angry

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Ron
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 07:15:32 am »

3229 per annum for the full package!! Huh
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 07:35:06 am »

What I noticed they have invested lot of money on AIS receivers and equipment around the world.Although ,there are lot of volunteers who send their AIS data with their own equipment they built the largest network so far.Unfortunatelly telecoms charges excess traffic plus maintenance etc.Once project at university became a business.I hope that at least those who submit AIS data have free access.
I am afraid that this ship spotting site could turn into pay site in near future.Just imagine how much traffic daily passes through the server. Cry
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 09:10:41 am »

Yes I agree with you Sinisa about free access for people who transmit their AIS datas. I'm disapointed, I made at least one connexion per day on this website!
As Fergal said, tariff for the full package is so expensive!
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 09:29:28 am »

Sorry, gentlemen, but I can't see it affecting the way I use it much, myself. The only time the updating frequency is important to me is when I'm tracking a vessel inbound to film it, so I'll just have to give myself a few extra minutes to jump in the car.

If I were using it professionally, I'd expect to pay whatever fee I needed to, to use the system in the way that I wanted too, so I suppose that if you are using it recreationally, but in a professional way, as I'd expect you are, I'd expect to pay, too . . . sorry.

Registration seems a small thing for what you get for free, anyway.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 05:31:57 pm »

Any idea how they are looking after those who supply data to them ?
I've given them free data for years .. They'd better look after me now or i'll pull the plug !
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2013, 05:41:20 pm »

I wonder what they will do regarding the smart phone apps ?
Although a small amount , 1000s have paid 2.49 to access this !
Apple wont be happy if they charge "x" amount and then limit the service
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2013, 05:47:30 pm »

No idea Mike, sorry! But I think that you can send an e-mail at info@marinetraffic.com to know exactly what it will happen for the users who transmit datas (e-mail found in the terms of use).

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Ron
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2013, 06:12:20 pm »

This is what I get for serving AIS-datas from the Kiel Canal

http://oi40.tinypic.com/24pi2bq.jpg

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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2013, 12:31:00 am »

There hasnt been any update to the marine traffic app for ages....im wondering how the new site will effect the iphone app
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2013, 05:36:36 pm »

There's a preview of the new site on the old site, does that work on the app?

Also, as a shipspotter, I don't think the five minute delay on the free site will worry me too much.

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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2013, 06:20:05 pm »

What I noticed they have invested lot of money on AIS receivers and equipment around the world.Although ,there are lot of volunteers who send their AIS data with their own equipment they built the largest network so far.Unfortunatelly telecoms charges excess traffic plus maintenance etc.Once project at university became a business.I hope that at least those who submit AIS data have free access.
I am afraid that this ship spotting site could turn into pay site in near future.Just imagine how much traffic daily passes through the server. Cry

Agree with you Sinisa but we can ask admins about that-
Admins........ how big are chances that this web-site will not be free?
Hope that this are just rumors, right?


Cheers Mark
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« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2013, 06:54:44 pm »

It will still be free , 5mins refresh time it's not too much, currently it's about 3-4 mins
And also for those who give data to them , they all get pro plan for free.
Let's be serious , it costs a lot to run all that!
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2013, 02:06:15 pm »

Well, as long as I'll still be able to upload vessels photos for free, it's OK...

(So far I only have, like, 18,000 or something...)  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2013, 02:58:09 pm »

I registered from the free version and have to say I have no complaints.
The 'vessel details' pop-up is better than the original version.
The panel on the left with the display options etc can be displayed or hidden.
Pretty good overall.
Kelvin
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