MarinePlan Location Based Services

MarinePlan offers a wide number of online services for marine applications.

The Location based Services require an API key that can be obtained by contract. Please contact us for a demo key.

Online Location Services Portfolio

Online Routing fast and highly configurable marine route planning service.
Online Maps dedicated uncluttered navigation map service with high freshness and level of detail.
Online Search marine search service.
Online Reverse Geocoding reverse geo-coding service in order to describe a certain location.
Online Map Matching map matching service to snap a clicked map location to a relevant canal.
Open Ship Data service to interchange vessel information such as location, speed and route.

Map Coverage

As of 2021 the maps cover the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and France and relevant parts of the Mediterranean Sea.

Technical details on the LBS API


  • All API calls allow HTTP but enforce the HTTP(S) protocol
  • Most API calls use the GET method
  • All coordinates are in WGS84 degrees in the order latitude,longitude.
  • All distances are in meters.

HTTP Headers

  • The API allows CORS requests by sending the header “Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *”.
  • All JSON responses are sending the header “Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8”.
  • PNG reponses are sending the header “Content-Type: image/png” as well as an ETag header.

HTTP Responses

  • Successful requests are completed with a HTTP 200 response.
  • Unknown endpoints report a HTTP 404 response.
  • In case something is wrong with the access, a HTTP 403 is returned.
  • Invalid requests (out of range errors, missing parameters, wrong values etc.) return a HTTP 400 response.
  • Unexpected internal errors respond with HTTP 500 responses.

Cost for the API usage

All requests to the APIs are treated as transactions, billed per month, where:

  • 15 map tiles is 1 transaction
  • a search, map match, or reverse geocoding is 1 transaction
  • a planned route is 10 transactions
  • queries for boat locations in OpenShipData 1 transaction per request (including automatic login to participating bridges and locks).

The price is per 1000 transactions and there is a minimum number of transactions per month. This is the common method for location-based requests in the market.

On inquiries, can you answer the following questions, so we can determine the price per transaction accordingly?

  • Which APIs are involved (we have routing, maps, search, reverse geocoding, OpenShipData/boat locations)? Please name all that are important.
  • Is it a mobile app or website?
  • Is is single user use, or a multi-user product?
  • Is the application used to plan ahead or is the app used as a navigation aid in the boat?
  • Is it a paid application (what is the price per year/purchase price approximately)?
  • What would be the maximum load of requests per second (or minute) at 1000 and 10000 users? This is the hardest question, but eg on a nice day, with up to N users, doing M actions X and Y every second, etc.