AIS Historical Vessel Positions

Provides historical AIS data points via the exactEarth HVP API.


For more information, please read the block description.

Block type: DATA

This block provides access to historical data points of the Automatic Identification System (AIS). The block queries the Exact Earth historical vessel points API and provides ship position point geometries and associated metadata e.g. ship name, cargo, destination port, etc. The output is a ais-points GeoJSON file containing the AIS point geometries and properties, and a data.json with the UP42 query parameters.

Supported parameters

For more information, please read the section Data source query filters.

  • bbox: The bounding box to use as an AOI. Will return all data points within this box. Use only bbox or intersects.

  • intersects: A GeoJSON geometry to use as an AOI. Will return all data points that are within this geometry. Use only bbox or intersects.

  • time: A date range to filter the data points on. This range applies to the acquisition date/time of the AIS signals. Maximum of 24 hours.

Example queries

Example query using time in combination with bbox:

  "ais-hvp:1": {
    "bbox": [
    "time": "2019-01-01T10:00:00+00:00/2019-01-01T13:59:59+00:00",
    "intersects": null

Output format

Output format is a GeoJSON file, see GeoJSON for a more detailed description.

    "type": "FeatureCollection",
    "crs": {
            "type": "name",
            "properties": {
                    "name": "urn:ogc:def:crs:OGC:1.3:CRS84"
    "features": [{
            "type": "Feature",
            "properties": {
                    "mmsi": 2738129,
                    "imo": 8959245,
                    "vessel_name": "SAN MARCO",
                    "callsign": "UWHW",
                    "vessel_type": "Unknown",
                    "vessel_type_code": 100,
                    "vessel_type_cargo": "",
                    "vessel_class": "A",
                    "length": 56,
                    "width": 11,
                    "flag_country": "Italy",
                    "flag_code": 247,
                    "destination": "PELLESTRINA",
                    "eta": "06141100",
                    "draught": 6,
                    "longitude": 12.35449,
                    "latitude": 45.428425,
                    "sog": 8.5,
                    "cog": 310.7,
                    "rot": 0,
                    "heading": 0,
                    "nav_status": "Under Way Using Engine",
                    "nav_status_code": 0,
                    "source": "T-AIS",
                    "ts_pos_utc": "20190101100147",
                    "ts_static_utc": "20181228232109",
                    "dt_pos_utc": "2019-01-01 10:01:47",
                    "dt_static_utc": "2018-12-28 23:21:09",
                    "vessel_type_main": "Passenger Ship",
                    "vessel_type_sub": "Passenger Ro Ro Cargo Ship",
                    "message_type": 1,
                    "eeid": 5678668990079917276,
                    "dtg": "2019-01-01T10:01:47Z"
            "geometry": {
                    "type": "Point",
                    "coordinates": [15.32323, 23.42132]



To know more please check the block capabilities specifications.