FleetMon in Research: A Closer Look Into the Scourge of Piracy

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On September 25th, 2008, the vessel FAINA entered the Gulf of Aden, one of the most notorious pirate hotspots in the world, where the ship was hijacked, and the crew was taken hostage. FAINA carried military hardware that included tanks, military vehicles, aircraft artillery, rocket batteries, machine guns, RPG, etc. Given their sensitive cargo, it was expected that best efforts would be placed, and the vessel would be freed soon. However, only after five months, a Ukrainian Billionaire paid the negotiated ransom of 3.2 million dollars, FAINA was freed [1][2].

The Somali pirates holding the merchant vessel MV FAINA stand on the deck of the ship after a U.S. Navy request to check on the health and welfare of the ships crew. The Belize-flagged cargo ship, owned and operated by Kaalbye Shipping, Ukraine, was seized by pirates Sept. 25 and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali coast. The ship is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related military equipment. ©U.S. Navy photo by Mass communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky

Pirates have often been portrayed as swashbuckling adventurers, but that is something miles away from reality. In today’s world, pirates pose an immediate threat to seafarers and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to the global economy. Let’s understand how this piracy affects global trade, what risks it poses to the maritime industry, and how we, sitting miles away in our homes, are indirectly affected by it.

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FleetMon Maritime Gallery July 2022

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You feel the life energy
That flows through you
Enjoying life as never before in harmony
There’s nothing to improve
Nothing that could be better
Except you in the here and now
And the day by the sea

(Fantastic 4 – Day by the sea)

Welcome to our latest edition for 2022 of the FleetMon Maritime Gallery. Each month you’ll find a special section on our blog featuring the best maritime photos in a particular category. Not only can you view the most popular photos as voted by our community. We also present special shots that are less known but still extraordinary.

In the July issue, we would like to introduce you to six ships that describe a day at the seaside.
This is our little summer greeting to you!

To all our ship spotters out there: We truly appreciate your work. Keep it up, guys!

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Impact of Russia Ukraine War on the Shipping Industry

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It comes as no surprise that the war on Ukraine is unraveling the fabric of the global supply chain. It is causing a cascading effect on the world, which is already distraught from the pandemic, climate change, and geopolitical tensions. The throttling of exports from Russia and Ukraine is driving up prices and leading to fear of food and energy security in prosperous European nations and poor developing nations alike. The immense human suffering continues as the power play of securing new independent supply lines remains at the fore. All the while, sanctions choke even those who are issuing them.

Container ships stuck in port of Odessa. ©FleetMon
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FleetMon at III. International MARISSA Symposium 2022

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“INTO THE FUTURE – SAFE, SECURE & SUSTAINABLE”

The successful series of MARISSA events continues: Yesterday, June 21, 2022, the
III. International MARISSA Symposium in Bremerhaven / Germany had begun. Four FleetMon crew members are pleased to be part of the event: Carsten Hilgenfeld, Schalk Van Bosch, Darren Caldwell, and Sebastian Olias. Already on day 1, the visitors could listen to two exciting presentations by Carsten Hilgenfeld and Schalk Van Bosch.

From left to right: Darren Caldwell, Sebastian Olias, Schalk Van Bosch and Carsten Hilgenfeld.
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FleetMon Maritime Gallery June 2022

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Welcome to our newest edition for 2022 of the FleetMon Maritime Gallery. Each month, you’ll find a special section on our blog featuring the Best Maritime Photos in a certain category. You’ll not only get to view the most popular photos being voted by our community. We also present special shots which are less noted but in the same way extraordinary.

In the June issue, we would like to present six particularly eye-catching ships that are guaranteed to make a big splash in any port. This month’s theme: Comic & Superheroes!

Enjoy the most beautiful comic-themed shots taken by ship spotters from our community on FleetMon.com

To all our ship spotters out there: We truly appreciate your work. Keep it up, guys!

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FleetMon Crew at International Career Day

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What is it like to have fleets from all over the world in your hands?

It is Thursday evening, June 8, in the atrium of the Konrad Zuse Building at the University of Rostock. A fresh breeze blows through the extensive hall while the summer seems to have arrived outside. Students bustle between the doors, slowly filling the room. Then it’s time, punctually at 5 p.m., for the International Career Day to open.

We from FleetMon have already set up our booths with the other companies and can’t wait for the program to start.

FleetMon team members Laura, Daniel, Anne and Steffi at the International Career Day of the University of Rostock.
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