The FAQ's on this page have been collated following questions received via the Give Your Opinion link on the homepage of Equasis.
Questions and comments submitted to Equasis via this link are reviewed regularly, and commonly occurring themes will be represented here and this page updated accordingly.
Last update: 03/03/2014
Registration in Equasis is free of charge, to register, please proceed as follows:
All your personal details given during the registration procedure are kept private. Equasis does not share personal user details with any third party. We use registration information outside of Equasis to publish usage statistics of the website, and only at an aggregated level (by country, type of users...).
If you have encountered a problem with a provider's external link, please report it to the Technical Unit. To do so, use the option "Report an Error".
No. Equasis receives data from its data-providers to be published on the Equasis website only. The access to the website is free of charge, but most of the data remains the property of the data-providers. Therefore, Equasis cannot disseminate the raw data, or more generally offer tailor-made services to its users. This limitation also prevents the creation of a web-service to extract information from Equasis to be used by another website or an automated process.
All users of Equasis, at the time they register, need to accept the "Conditions of Registration". These conditions forbid the bulk-download of data from the website. Without prejudice of legal prosecution, Equasis can unilaterally block, temporarily or definitely, any user in case of a suspicious usage of Equasis.
If you require this type of service, you can contact a commercial provider of maritime information such as IHS Fairplay, Lloyds List Intelligence, Clarkson, AXS-Marine...
If your account has been locked, it is because its activity has been considered "suspicious" due to the high number of ships or company you have consulted over a certain period of time. You should receive an email from Equasis confirming that this was the case. First of all, make sure you are the only person using this account. Registration is free and each user should have his own account. Note also that the "Conditions of Registration" forbid using Equasis to download large quantities of data, for example to be used in another system.
Yes, it is normal, there is a maximum number of ships and companies that you can have simultaneously in "My Equasis". The main purpose of Equasis is to access the information on a ship-by-ship or a company-by-company basis, this is not a tool to monitor large fleets. This feature to "follow" ships or companies is to be used when you are interested by a few ships/companies that you want to be able to quickly find again in the future, or for which you want to be informed when information has been added or modified in Equasis. If you need to monitor large fleets, there are other commercial tools, with which Equasis does not compete (IHS Fairplay, Loyds List Intelligence, Clarkson, AXS-Marine, etc...).
Yes. Equasis provides ship historical data on the following characteristics: ship name, flag, owner and class. History is available when consulting a ship detail page, by clicking the option "History" in the sub-menu just below "Ship Search".
Equasis was not designed to be a ship search engine. Its purpose from the outset was to provide users information on ships that they know. Therefore, it was considered that three letters is a minimum input to search a specific ship. Note that it does not need to be the first three letters, it can be any three letters in the ship name.
"Reinstatement of the class": when the class of a ship becomes valid again after it was suspended (not withdrawn). Suspension happens when a required class survey is not performed at the due date or a condition of class is not dealt within the limit date (these are the most common reasons of suspension, but there are others);
"Class Reassigned": is the action performed by a class society when, after a series of operations, grants a new period of class to a unit that had the class withdrawn. Typical reasons of class withdrawal are the transfer of class (losing society withdraw and gaining society re-assign) or when the class is suspended for more than 6 months.
This information is not deemed to be "safety" related and therefore is not displayed on Equasis. Further technical information such as LOA, beam, draft etc. is available on various commercially operated websites.
Equasis is dedicated to helping improve quality shipping and safety at sea. Other websites exist that make ship photographs available.
For many new vessels currently under construction, Equasis already shows the yard name and number prior to the allocation of the ship's name. However, this information is not available in every ship's name history.
This type of interactive map can be found on other websites about maritime information. In general, the added value of these maps is to track where the ships currently are and where they are going to or coming from. This is not safety related and therefore not the purpose of Equasis to locate ships in real time.
However, Equasis has (or is about to have) geographical information on the area of trade for ships. The purpose of this information is to give an overview of where the ship is usually trading. This background information potentially highlights other data available in Equasis, such as PSC inspections.
At the moment, Equasis receives data from 5 PSC regimes or "MoU" (Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control). Equasis has information from the Paris MoU (North Atlantic), Tokyo MoU (Pacific/Asia), US Coast Guard (USA), Indian Ocean MoU (Indian Ocean) and Viña del Mar MoU (South America). In total, there are ten PSC regimes worldwide, the others five being the Mediterranean MoU (North Africa and Middle East), the Riyadh MoU (Persian Gulf), the Caribbean MoU (Caribbean Sea), Black Sea MoU (Black Sea) and Abuja MoU (West and Central Africa)
It is the goal and aim of Equasis to improve quality shipping and safety at sea by enlarging the number of data-providers available in the website. PSC data has always been considered as one of the most valuable information sources and we are in contact with most of the remaining PSC regimes to discuss future collaboration.
The Ship Risk Profile is a targeting tool for the PSC Officers of the Paris MoU to set a target frequency for inspection of ships calling in the region. This frequency can be an inspection every 6 months, every year or every second year. The calculation is made by the Paris MoU, but is not transmited to Equasis as part of our agreement.
However, on the Paris MoU website, there is a tool for users to calculate the Ship Risk Profile of a given ship. This calculation tool requires inputs and Equasis can be used to find them out.
The aim of Equasis is to provide factual and controlled information to decision makers in the maritime community and as such cannot comment on individual employment policies or provide a forum for such comments. Seafarers should address their comments and concerns as appropriate to either a PSC officer, the ITF or the ILO.
Equasis provides details of merchant ships of over than 100 GT. Fishing vessels, yachts and naval craft are excluded. In addition, the site does not include inland waterways vessels which do not trade internationally.
Access to inspection reports by CDI is already available on Equasis, but access is restricted to certain companies and individuals by prior agreement with CDI. Vetting inspections are conducted by private vetting organisations and at present this information is not available on Equasis.
Class related information on Equasis is not displayed in real-time, but is subject to periodical reporting by the class societies, normally weekly, but in some cases daily.
However, by clicking on the "Details" of a class certificates, our users can access more detailed information for this ship directly on the classification society website. This information is normally updated in real-time.