Originally Posted by Hagen
How does it work now? It stopped reporting for a while then it seemed to be up to date. Now it says there has been no update in 13 hours. Does it just turn on its GPS every so often?
No, the free tracking only uses land based GPS tracking, instead of global satellite tracking. That means you will only be able to follow the ship's progress while it is near a shoreline. It'll be out of range for the next 4-5 days, then be trackable again once it's near the US coastline.
It is possible to track ships out at sea with global GPS, but this requires a $5000 a year membership.