Delicious XML and JSON for you

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Good news for the software developers among our users: Over the last weeks, many of you came to us asking whether it is possible to link own software to the FleetMon Vessel Database and make use of this vast resource of ship information. We listened, and here is the FleetMon Personal API!

It is an HTTP API that is available to any FleetMon.com user now, out of the box. No need for setup or configuration – every user is given a Personal API key automatically. Whether XML or JSON tastes better for you as a data format, the Personal API is able to serve both, prepared freshly for you on every request.

We start off with two API functions:

The My Fleet API enables you to retrieve latest vessel positions and status from your personal My Fleet list with a simple HTTP request. It does not only return pure latitude and longitude, but a true wealth of information, including last port call detected, two photos, and current destination and ETA as reported by the ship.

My Fleet API example output

This way, you can, for example…

  • create your very own fleet position map for your company homepage or intranet,
  • add vessel position and status display to your in-house software,
  • automate monitoring of changes in the vessels’ estimated time of arrival,
  • implement your own alerting via e-mail or SMS based on vessel position and status,
  • record vessel position and behavior over time and run your own analyses,
  • much more…

Second, the Vessel Search API lets you look up vessels from the FleetMon Vessel Database and returns the URL of the appropriate vessel detail page. Search by IMO number, MMSI number and vessel name is supported.

If you have any of these available, you can easily point the users of your software to the detailed vessel information available on FleetMon.com:

Vessel Search API example output

Read more about the FleetMon Personal API, or start right off with the ready-to-use API URLs provided on your Personal API Info page (available after login).

My Fleet API data is updated once a day for Open accounts, four times per day for Pro accounts and every hour for Unlimited accounts. Please see the Plans and Prices page for details.

Should you require data and reports not accessible through the Personal API, our Customer API services may be for you.

Now, enjoy your XML meal! We are looking forward to your comments and success stories! Happy hacking and best regards, your FleetMon API team.