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New satellite tracking

You can follow in localizatodo in “Barcos satélite” or “Satellite boats” new journeys:

1) A new boating tourism project in Morocco has been launched from La Taberna del Puerto and you can track its journey in localizatodo with the name “Flotilla de la amistad” or “Friendship Fleet”.

2) Also Consorci el Far, dedicated to the promotion and teaching of sailing, has joined our team of tracking enthusiasts by installing one of our transponders on board in its ship currently traveling in the Med, at this moment at the island of Sardinia.

We wish them the very best journey :)


We are following Gran Azul, a 15mts Ketch sailing around the world using our service. We must admit it is extremely addictive following their blog with their visits to (currently) different corners of the Caribbean Islands. They are using our satellite system, and have pasted a simple code so that anybody can track them on their website.

One of our team members is going to visit them in the Caribbean and keeps the rest of the team VERY jealous!!

gran azul itinerario

Thuraya Iridium Inmarsat

We are already selling and renting thuraya and Iridium satellite mobile phones, as well as the Inmarsat transponders like the ones we’ve used for the Gran Prix regatta.

Let us give you a quick summary of differences between Iridium and Thuraya, so that buyers can be properly informed:


In both satellite-only or combo GSM/satellite versions, thuraya phones provide a supreme communication quality with a very large satellite coverage worldwide. Please check the coverage maps here.  Besides, the GSM/satellite version is the ultimate solution if you want to have an unique telecommunication solution at home, when traveling abroad, or sailing anywhere in the coverage area.

It is cheaper than Iridium both in terms of the price of the equipment and the price of the calls.


Unlike Thuraya, Iridium enjoys worldwide coverage, even in the poles. It is a very robust and reliable communication solution prepared for the hardest conditions. Since Thuraya phones do not cover the Atlantic beyond Azores or Cabo Verde, Iridium is the advisable choice if you are going to sail in that area.

Ask us for the prices for sale and rental!

Satellite services

In Atlantic Source we work with three kinds of satellite products currently: satellite telephones, transponders and internet satellite broadband.

We use the latter for satellite tracking of boats and ships sailing beyond HF, VHF and GSM coverage. Check our SAT TRACK service here.

Whereas AIS sends data through the VHF data link, satellite systems send them through an Inmarsat connection. These transponders can be freely programmed to send the data required from alarm sensors in the boat or the built-in GPS.

The transmission follows a diagram like this:


Our transponders communicate with the control centre, which sends that data to our servers. From those servers, we make information publicly available for you on the internet.

We provide the tracking service for private users, companies, and regattas. The installation of the equipment is extremely easy, as easy as connecting it to the power supply. You can read installation instructions here .

For special customers, we can customize the web site to your needs. With our prices, satellite based location of your boat is affordable for everyone. For more information, please contact us here.

Tracking systems for ships

Since many ships sail in areas with no coverage for AIS systems, the main methods for tracking ships are via satellite.

We have been researching the prices to track boats via satellite and they turn out to be very high in many cases. It is no surprising then that very few boaters can afford it.

Do you know of any service allowing such a service with good prices? If that is the case, please let us know ;-)