Preface: All below is happening in current Earth, current time, current technology.
The world as you know it is divided between two strong forces. Lets call them "Illuminati" and "Lizard People". These people are different races who look exactly like humans, but have powerful superpowers:
- Super speed
- Super strength
- Extra fast regeneration
Both races live on human blood and they hate each other. During our history they basically split the world in two parts. Of course, the fight continues.
Illuminati know that there is somewhere in Indian Ocean there is secret island belonging to Lizard people. The Illuminati also know that one specific cargo ship visits this island once a while. So this ship needs to be tracked.
The problem: This ship operates mostly in South China Sea and Indian Ocean and its surrounding, where South China Sea is under strong guard of Lizard People.
The task: Track the cargo ship as secretly as possible.
The tools: Illuminati own one of communication companies, so they have also satellites on the orbit which are capable of Google Earth - like resolution tracking of the Earth. (In other words good enough to see one relatively large ship on sea).
Other than that, Illuminati can buy loads of things, but nothing on military grade. They can have for example planes, but supersonic planes are off limits. They can have anything what is produced commercially.
The hurdle: Lizard people know that the satellites may be used for tracking, so they are using weather to their advantage and visit the island only at times when there are heavy clouds above area as big as possible.
The question: Can I track cargo ship from the orbit? Or am I out of luck? (And in both cases, why?)
The ship in question is Panamax class cargo ship:
- Length: 289.56 m (950 ft)
- Beam: 32.31 m (106 ft)
- Height: 57.91 m (190 ft)
- Draft: 12.04 m (39.5 ft)