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We speak German too! Or at least pretend to…

FleetMon spricht deutsch! Our fellow German users can now enjoy FleetMon in their mother tongue, as many of you have asked for.

This is only a start, further languages will follow soon. Since translation is always about taste & culture & personal opinion we’d like to hear from you.

FleetMon automatically switches to your preferred language. If you would like to switch, just scroll down to the bottom of any page and click on the tiny flag icons.

Our objective is to make FleetMon available to the entire world. With your help, we can achieve this goal. We use an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to translate as much, or as little, of FleetMon as you like. There is no minimum commitment.
Translate one line words or paragraphs or an entire page—it’s up to you.
If you would like to help translating FleetMon into your language, please give us a short ping here: http://www.fleetmon.com/contact

Next language to be released: Russian!

Status of FleetMon.com translations:

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2012-03

March 22nd, 2012 FleetMon.com News

Welcome to new ports and areas with live ship traffic on Fleetmon.com, Fleetmon Explorer and Fleetmon mobile! Quite a nice list this month … thanks to everybody involved for the kind cooperation!

  • US, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
  • UK, Shetland Islands — thanks Gilbert!
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre — thanks Tony!
  • NL, IJsselmeer/Urk — thanks Jan!
  • NO, Bodø — thanks Dag!
  • DE, Spree Berlin/Potsdam — thanks Vincenzo!
  • BR, Vitória, Vila Velha and Tubarão — thanks Werther!
  • UK, Weymouth and Portsmouth — thanks David!

…and last but certainly not least: The Panama Canal is back on FleetMon, with excellent coverage of Panama City, Balboa and the Miraflores locks:

CORAL PRINCESS, MAERSK DHARAN and others live in the Miraflores locks, Panama Canal, seen with Fleetmon Explorer

CORAL PRINCESS, MAERSK DHARAN and others live in the Miraflores locks, Panama Canal, seen with Fleetmon Explorer

What about navigation charts? – FleetMon goes “office VTS”

It always has been a wish of our users to monitor vessel traffic on real electronic navigation charts (ENCs). Not an easy thing to do, technically.

But hope is there, the FleetMon team proudly introduces today Inland ENC display inside FleetMon Explorer. Inspect your favorite areas with fresh marine charts and real-time movements from anywhere, and turn your office into a VTS (Vessel Traffic Service)!

Just select Inland ENC as your map in FleetMon Explorer (move mouse to upper right corner) and off you go with a navigators’ feeling. The FleetMon Pro and Unlimited accounts include coverage for European and US rivers.

SMT BONTRUP passing Terneuzen, shown on ENC in FleetMon Explorer

Here are some interesting grounds to start with:

  • Rotterdam/Europoort Approach, Oosterschelde
  • Vlissingen, Westerschelde
  • Mississippi Delta/New Orleans
  • Great Lakes
  • Rhine and Danube Rivers

IRIS II on Mississippi River near New Orleans on ENC in FleetMon Explorer

Ferry FRIESLAND on its way through the shallow Dutch Wattenzee waters to Terschelling Island

CELINA leaving Europoort Rotterdam

Enjoy the new possibilities and see the marine traffic as you have never seen it before. Our team is looking forward to your feedback and user stories.
For those of you interested in using FleetMon Explorer with full global ENC coverage, just get in touch with our team. The FleetMon Explorer ENC display is based on FleetMon’s own ECDIS map server technology.

New membership offers for Pro and Unlimited

Wait no longer – Today there are two more good reasons to get your FleetMon.com account: We introduce new discounted membership offers and enable convenient payment by wire transfer — the good old “Überweisung”, Virement, Transferencia, Overschrijving or Przelew that is ever so popular in Europe and Asia.

Save your access to the superb FleetMon Explorer now for one full year. Upgrade to a Pro or Unlimited membership and save 17% – in other words: pay 10 months, get 12 months! Or choose the one-month or three-months membership for starters.

Time to tell your boss about the new discounted full-year membership!? The accounting dept. will be happy, too: It goes without saying that you will receive a proper receipt and invoice right during payment.

Oh, and our US customers may choose money order, too.

Costa Allegra is drifting without electricity, 2012-02-28

February 28th, 2012 FleetMon.com News

Allegra, an ageing ship operated by Costa Cruises, the Italian cruise line that also owns the wrecked Concordia, was last night drifting without power and light off the Seychelles – in waters known for piracy – after a fire in the engine room. It had 1,000 passengers and crew on board.

The ship was left without power and light. Luckily they were in calm seas and 20 miles from land so there was no immediate danger of going aground.

The vessel now is beeing towed with the help of french fisherman to the Islands of Desroches.
Costa Crociere said the Costa Allegra is not expected to arrive until Wednesday morning “It’s a big ship and to tow it, to move it across the waters, is a heavy task,” said Seychelles presidential spokeswoman Srdjana Janosevic. She said that everything is calm on board the cruise ship and that no one is hurt.

Where that leaves Costa Cruises, a popular line with the Italians, remains to be seen. It has the backing of the giant US-based Carnival Corporation, so it will not collapse, but surely a new name and a new identity is on the cards.


image copyright: Miraflores

http://www.fleetmon.com/vessels/Costa_Allegra_13099
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/02/28/cruise-ship-help-arrives.html

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2012-02

February 17th, 2012 FleetMon.com News

It’s time again for our roundup of new AIS stations – Welcome to new ports and areas with live ship traffic on Fleetmon.com, Fleetmon Explorer and Fleetmon mobile!

Site update: Vessel Datasheets Reporting

The Vessel Datasheet reporting tool got an update today, thanks to your valuable feedback. Putting down relevant vessel data for later reference and sharing your knowledge about ships has never been easier than now, and we fixed some bugs with the Wiki field, so it is now possible again to write freetext information on important facts, incidents or history of the ship.

FleetMon Photobox 1.2, ship spotting on the iPad!

A nice gallery app to view gorgeous vessel pics.

Shouldn't take that long.

FleetMon Photobox on the iPadI was told that nobody likes to read long texts on the internet. So, here’s the essential stuff:

FleetMon Photobox 1.2 – a tiny app to browse our community’s gorgeous vessel pictures – just survived the approval process and should be visible in the AppStore really soon.

Beside the usual bug fixes, this version supports the iPad in its native shinyness… enjoy the class ship photography on FleetMon.com on your sofa… it’s “couch spotting” ;-)

As always: Thanks to the contributors! Boys, you have no idea how much we love your awesome work.

[Update] It’s there. Grab it while it’s hot!

Cruise Ship DISNEY FANTASY one step closer to Port Canaveral


The newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Fantasy, has moored today in Eemshaven, after she floated out of its enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany last week.


Picture: Track of convoying from Papenburg to the North Sea (Eemshaven, Groningen)

The vessel reached its final final stages of construction. This marks another milestone as the vessel heads toward its March 31 maiden voyage from Port Canaveral.
Almost a year ago, the Fantasy’s sister ship, the Dream, embarked on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, where it is based.
Both the Dream and the Fantasy are 4,000-passenger ships. They’re 40 percent larger than their two older fleet-mates, the Magic and the Wonder, which have been repositioned from Port Canaveral.

Try catching the track with FleetMon Explorer (live AIS), start at Vessels Detail Page:
http://www.fleetmon.com/vessels/Disney_Fantasy_2956459

Photo copyright Joern, http://www.fleetmon.com/community/user/168084_e5c21_Joern

 

AIS Azores coverage improved

New AIS reception on the island of Azores results in better monitoring of ship traffic in the central Atlantic.
Europe – America routes are passing our reception, FM is able to store positioning info of vessel fleets even better.
live vessel tracking of the Azores here:
http://www.fleetmon.com/live_tracking/fleetmon_explorer/popup?fmeSearch=p38100

Port of PONTA DELGADA, PT:
http://www.fleetmon.com/ports/Ponta_Delgada_Portugal_6702

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