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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FleetMon meets German Federal Bank

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“You can see all the ships in the world here?”, “All in real-time?”, “We never expected that!”


Yes, we at FleetMon can see all the ships in the world in real-time. And what else we can do and how we are revolutionizing the maritime logistics industry at our headquarters in Rostock were presented to representatives of the German Federal Bank.

Once a year, part of the German Federal Bank’s head office visits a local office. This year it is MV’s turn. Together with the German Federal Bank Rostock branch manager, Peter Kolzarek, 13 employees visited us on the afternoon of June 8 to look at our offices and learn more about FleetMon. As expected, we scored first with our unbeatable view over the Rostock city harbor. After a short coffee and water break, Peter Kolzarek took the word and thanked us for the invitation: “Even though we live in the north and are at home here in Rostock, nobody expected what is done here in these offices. We are delighted to be here.”

Peter Kolzarek, German Federal Bank Rostock branch manager, in conversation with Diego Piedra-Garcia, Data Quality & Project Administration employee at FleetMon.
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Shanghai Port Congestion and the Brewing Global Supply Chain Crisis

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One out of every 5 container ships worldwide is waiting outside a Chinese port due to heavy congestion brought in by covid lockdown in China [1]. This could mean that another supply chain crisis is looming large on the horizon, waiting to crumble the global supply chain. The first signs became visible in March 2022, when the volume of goods being shipped by sea out of Shanghai dropped by 26%. It was seen that between March 12, when the targeted lockdown was introduced, and April 4, the volume of goods leaving the Shanghai ports by trucks fell by 19% [6]. The scale of the problem hanging over our heads can be sensed by the AIS data of the ships around China, which depicts 300 container ships and 500 bulk ships waiting off the coast of China [3].

The story begins with the outbreak of the omicron variant in China, following which the Chinese Government resorted to its tried and tested method of initiating its zero covid policy. China’s zero covid policy is directly responsible for such a steep drop in cargo movement. There are enormous backlogs of cargo to be shipped and to be received. At this point, even if the lockdown were to be magically removed, it would be cold comfort to the supply chain professionals as it only opens the floodgates for the crisis to progress.

Shanghai port congestion in FleetMon Explorer.
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