Now a simple email request will get you all the ship reports within 300 nautical miles of your location at sea that were transmitted over the past 6 hours to the Voluntary Observing Ship program, worldwide. Just send an email to
with your lat and lon in the first line of the body of the message (in decimal degrees as shown below) and you will get the reports back by return mail. The first line should be blank other than that location. This is a free service compliments of Starpath School of Navigation, who also offers a free barometer calibration service at www.starpath.com/barometers.
Here are two samples you can try: approach to New York City (40.123N, 72.456W) and the approach to Bremerhaven in the North Sea (55.60N, 3.50E)… or try anywhere you choose.
For more information, instructions, and abbreviations used, send an email to email@example.com with the word “help” in the subject line.