Solway Shipping    


Live data received from ships                                        
You are looking at live data transmitted from ships moving around the coast, the map is centred on the Solway Firth in north west England. Information is provided via MarineTraffic from enthusiasts around the coast who have AIS (Automatic Identification System) recievers and upload to websites like MarineTraffic or ShipAis.etc.
No icons mean there are no ships in range or the sharer providing the data is offline. Place your cursor over the ships icon for more details. For more information on the vessel left click, use the pan and zoom slider to enlarge the map to your area of interest. Zooming in may bring up more hidden icons also. Use the buttons on the left side to customise the map and to display the legend.
What is AIS?....All ships over 300 tons must by law transmit an Automatic Identification System signal as an aid to safety, the signal shows the ships course, the speed its travelling and its size etc. Many smaller vessels such as tugboats and pilot boats now also transmit AIS.
This website concentrates on shipping visiting the Port of Workington and the Port of Silloth, also covered are Whitehaven and Maryport both former busy commercial ports but now are marina's for the leisure industry. Also a brief look at some shipping internationally.
Last update to this site,  21st Oct. 2016     
                Pictured below are a few of the vessels that can be seen frequently in the Solway Firth all based at the Port of Workington.                        Please note all pictures are © copyright.  If you would like to use one please e mail

EoN's "Solway Challenger" returning from the Robin Rigg windfarm. She is used to ferry engineers and equipment required to service the turbines.

The Workington Pilot Boat "Derwent" can be seen pretty much on a daily basis taking the pilot to any ship docking at Workington and also to any ships going further up the Solway to Silloth and of course collecting the pilot off any departing ships. It is also a tug boat for the port.
Workington Lifeboat "Sir John Fisher" a Tyne Class boat capable of 18 knots which is reaching the end of its service life and is due to be replaced with a new Shannon Class boat capable of 25 knots early in 2017.
Seen arriving on her very first visit to her new home port of Workington in April 2009 is "Solway Spirit" another crew transfer vessel for use on the Robin Rigg windfarm.