57 ships Anchored off shore of NJ, MD/VA

Not sure what’s going on, might be nothing, but never saw this before! In a Weather Program I use I have the program set to get Weather and Ocean reports from anchored ships off shore. In this case ships anchored offshore in the Mid Atlantic States off the coast of NJ and MD/VA.

On the marinetraffic.com website this is not shown, might be due to being to far off shore!

4 days ago there was 12 ships anchored in a group 100 miles offshore of MD and VA. Right now theres 23 ships anchored in this group

The last 2 days another group of ships, but spread a bit further apart is anchored off the NJ shore starting from 25 miles out to aprox 150 miles off shore. In all 32 ships are anchored.

In the FULL RES screen capture images I uploaded you will see this. Look for the Green Anchor Icons. Each Icon is a Anchored Ship. The blue flags are wind direction and wind speed reports from those ships. For more info I hover my mouse over the ship (which you will see in second image)

First Image….


Second Image with mouse hover….




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  • HDLadee

    What settings did you use to see those ships? I am looking at Google earth now and do not see them. BUT there is a HUGE cloud right over the area at this time. Also, what coordinates did you use? And what settings did use?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hootz-Mctoke/100003885828848 Hootz Mctoke

      You realize right that Google Earth is not real time right?

  • Me

    Google earth is NOT real time.

  • Fred

    What kind of ships can participate in this weather program? Pleasure boats, commercial vessels, military vessels, research vessels?

    • Kate

      Probably slavers waiting to take American citizens after the economic collapse to work off their debt as slaves in foreign creditor nations like China.

  • happel

    Does it indicate the type of ship? Could it be fishing boats, doing clamming? Being in the vicinity of this, I hope the Russians aren’t going to attack!!!

  • HondaDNA

    Why not link this “weather” program?

  • notto

    bugady boogy. No link to the site and more questions than words in the article. KILL YOURSELF. You suck at the internet.

    • Hiereus

      Notto, you are a boor. Is notto a nick name for Not Too Bright?

  • Aivilo Truoccm

    How can you print this article and not know who’s ships they are?

  • Monald

    If anything the ships are probably Oil Tankers! They now have this great excess of oil so they keep it stored in offshore in tankers to make the oil supply look restricted which drives up the prices! As the proverb truly states “Follow the Money!”

  • Chris

    All commercial ships of 300 tonnes or more, use the AIS identification system mandatory under UN. You can have the identity and other information of the ships, by using a web-based AIS information service. There is two classes of AIS, the second also gives information on cargo and is not always public. The AIS is a derivate of the new global air-traffic system named ADS-B or STDMA, invented by the Swede Håkan Lans.

  • dannyboy71

    they are cargo ships waiting to disembark their goods. the economy sucks so bad that shelve items aren’t moving. So the ships wait for their turn.

  • WhatWillYouDoWithoutFreedom

    pictures are gone anyone have a copy?

  • btruth

    Can anyone please re-post the pictures? I find it very interesting that they’re not accessible anymore!

  • Jordan W

    Cargo ships often have to wait offshore for days to wait for docking space, they usually stick in a defined space away from the shipping highway. Check out Gibraltar, it’s an absolute minefield of container ships just sitting there at anchor.

  • Arizona

    DUMB.DUMB,WAKEUP,a month ago OBAMA passed a law saying NO PRIVATE AIRCRAFT could fly off shore and photograff anything,THATS BECAUSE the east coast has RUSSIAN NUCLEAR attack submarines all sitting under water.(50 and counting), waiting for orders to attack and they can be seen from the air,THOSE cargo ships are TROOP CARRIERS and ITS AN INVASION FORCE who are going to be coming ashore,to attack the east coast,AND DON’T CALL ME ANYTHING TILL YOU HAVE INVESTIGATED WHAT I JUST SAID,…YOU WANT TO BE DEAD? your going to be if you don’t wakeup……….AND theres even more chinese troop carriers on the WEST COAST………..ALL WAITING………….this is going to happen soon……….get ready……YOUR OUT OF TIME……………….

  • Kerwin White


    Does not mean freedom, it means liberty, that what a sailor gets , meaning he has to ask permission that why they are waiting to get the O.K.

  • Jason Priestley

    Would it have killed you to host the damn pictures?