Now you can get all the ship reports within 300 nmi of your location at sea that were transmitted over the past 6 hours to the Voluntary Observing Ship program. Just send an email to
with your lat and lon in the first line of the body of the message and you will get the reports back by return mail. This is a free service compliments of Starpath School of Navigation.
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).
Send an email to email@example.com with the word “help” in the subject line to get a set of instructions and explanation of the reports. Do not include a signature with the mail.
The reports are compiled by the National Data Buoy Center in collaboration with the US Voluntary Observing Ship program. These data are available online at the NDBC. We are simply forwarding it to vessels at sea via email as a convenience to them.