Articles written by Lars Brandstäter

Methanol in the Battle for the Fuel of Future

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Why is the Spotlight on Methanol?

With the advent of new and troubling climatic phenomena, governments and international organizations all across the world are scrambling for solutions to the increasing carbon and GHG content in the atmosphere. The spillover of this is being felt in the marine industry as well, such as IMO’s 2030 and 2050 goals. Methanol is shaping up to become a promising alternative fuel, as it ticks most of the boxes that shipping operators desire in a fuel of the future. And acceptability of methanol is increasing probably due to the consideration that a perfect fuel that solves all our problems may never be discovered in time.

STENA GERMANICA has been converted to methanol fuel in 2015. Photo by ship spotter U-kasz

What Boxes Does Methanol Tick on the Perfect Fuel List?

Methanol has many things going for it but indisputably the most important factor in its favor is the maturity of the technology in handling methanol. Methanol has many uses in production and manufacturing other than it being used as a fuel, such as being used in the production of polymers namely, plastics, paints, varnishes, and cleaning products. All this has put methanol on the list of top 5 transported commodities in the world already, with a remarkable base of knowledge regarding the handling and transport of methanol present. This is a considerable edge over competitors such as Hydrogen and electricity used to drive ships as there is a well-developed infrastructure and supply chain already available for the production and transport of methanol.

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Port Resilience: How To Make Ports Immune To Future Disruptions

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What does port resilience entail?

Port resilience is described as the capacity of ports to anticipate and respond to changing situations, as well as to survive and/or quickly recover from disruptions, with the goal of preserving the sustainability of operations and flow of cargo to, from, and through ports.

Due to the multitude of interdependencies inherent in supply chains, the breakdown of any node in the network can have an immediate impact on demographics, their safety, and well-being, as well as on the regional economy and its enterprises.

View the port of Shanghai in FleetMon Explorer
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How the ongoing container shortage is disturbing global supply chains

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Have you recently tried to buy a computer, Peloton exercise bike or new furniture? If so, you may well have experienced an unexpectedly delayed delivery. You’d be in the same boat as millions of other consumers and corporate buyers in the western world. Though your order may have been stuck in one of the many thousands of containers on the Ever Given, the ship held up in the Suez Canal for months, the most likely reason for delayed deliveries is the global shortage of containers. The metal boxes that make global trade possible are in very short supply – with a domino effect on supply chains worldwide. And it all began with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Seafarers of the COVID Frontline: The Role of the Maritime Industry

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Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the question of who is and isn’t designated a “key worker” has been a difficult debate, with many arguing that essential services go far, far beyond those provided by doctors and nurses. Although the UK government now officially recognizes seafarers as key workers, it’s arguable that the general public has little idea of the contributions made by these workers to the ongoing maintenance of the supply chain.

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2020 in Review: How Did the Pandemic Impact Maritime Logistics?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unparalleled impact on global mobility – on land, at sea and in the air. The severe restrictions on human movements, changes in consumption and the economic impact of lockdowns and reduced demand due to increased unemployment or short-time working hit the global economy hard, though with greatly differing impacts on national economies. So how has the pandemic affected maritime logistics?

Port congestion, Port of Los Angeles, May 2021, FleetMon Explorer
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Sustainable Trends to Watch Out for in Logistics

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In 2021, the maritime logistics industry can scarcely afford to ignore its environmental impact. The transportation industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s no surprise that sustainability has become a key trend in logistics. Fortunately, the future looks bright with innovative solutions and emerging technologies that promise to lessen the ecological footprint and boost performance. Here’s a closer look at some things to keep a look out for, going forward.

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Suchaktion nach Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck in der Labrador See

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Seit Sonntag früh (09.09.2018) wird der ehemalige DSDS-Sänger Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck vermisst. Die Rostocker Reederei AIDA Cruises hat offiziell bestätigt, dass dieser offenbar von einem Aussichtsdeck des Kreuzfahrtschiffes AIDA LUNA gesprungen ist, die sich gerade auf dem Weg von Hamburg nach New York befand.

Der Kapitän leitete unverzüglich ein Mann-über-Bord-Manöver ein und lenkte das Schiff zurück zur möglichen Unglücksstelle.

Zu dem Zeitpunkt befand sich die AIDA LUNA vor der Küste der kanadischen Insel Neufundland im Atlantischen Ozean in der Labrador See, ungefähr 185 Kilometer nördlich von St. John’s/Neufundland. Die Wassertemperatur betrug etwa 10,5 Grad.

FleetMon.com bringt Transparenz in diese maritimen Abläufe.
Um 8.43 Uhr am Sonntag begann die Suche und endete gegen 18.11 Uhr. Anschließend begab sich das Schiff wieder auf seine  ursprüngliche Route.

An der Suchaktion war neben der AIDA LUNA auch das niederländische Kreuzfahrtschiff MS ZUIDERDAM beteiligt. Am gestrigen Montag suchte dann noch das kanadische Patrouillenschiff SIR WILFRIED GRENFELL im Seegebiet. Darüber hinaus sind Hubschrauber und Flugzeuge an der umfangreichen Rettungsaktion beteiligt, die in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der kanadischen Küstenwache erfolgt.

Die Erfolgsaussichten sind auf Grund der Wassertemperaturen aber gering.





FleetMon at NEVA in Saint Petersburg – Russia’s Largest Maritime Trade Show

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Since 1991 St. Petersburg has been the venue for Russia’s leading B2B commercial maritime event, NEVA. FleetMon is proud to be playing a proactive role in this year’s exhibition and conference.

NEVA, the International Maritime Exhibition and Conference of Russia, has been supporting the accelerating expansion of the country’s commercial maritime industries by promoting development opportunities, products, services, designers and manufacturers as well as their cooperation with the international shipping community. This year’s bigger-than-ever and fully booked event, the 14th of its kind, takes place from September 19-22 at the exhibition and conference complex near St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo International Airport, and FleetMon will be proactively involved.

All the preparations for NEVA 2017 have now been completed and several exhibitor meetings held. The FleetMon brochures have been translated into Russian and advertising material sent off in good time.
“We can’t wait to meet visitors and other exhibitors who come to our section of the Mecklenburg-Pomerania state pavilion,” says Carsten Hilgenfeld, FleetMon’s Head of Research and Development. “We’re very much aware of how significant this event is in strengthening ties between the Russian maritime industry and international suppliers.”

From 2-4 pm on September 21 Lars Brandstaeter, FleetMon’s CEO, will be presenting a paper at a NEVA workshop. The focus of his talk – “FleetMon’s ETA and ETD data employed on the Russian market” – will be on the practical relevance of FleetMon’s world-leading AIS vessel tracking platform to the Russian maritime industries.

Visit JAKOTA Cruise Systems Ι FleetMon at the NEVA booth G2112.

Best regards from Rostock

 


Earth and Sky United – Pioneering partnership between exactEarth and FleetMon delivers integrated satellite-terrestrial AIS services

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PressRelease:
A recently announced partnership between two leading providers of AIS data services – exactEarth for satellite AIS (S-AIS) and FleetMon for terrestrial AIS (T-AIS) – delivers a quantum leap in the extent and comprehensiveness of vital vessel-tracking information for ship owners, charterers and supply-chain operators.

Pioneering partnership between exactEarth and FleetMon delivers integrated satellite-terrestrial AIS services
utilizing real-time S-AIS feed from exactView RT, exactEarth will be providing its industry-leading S-AIS data services to FleetMon, a leading global network provider of T-AIS services. The new partnership enables the two companies to enhance their product offerings within their existing customer base while also expanding into associated global markets.

Deployed and trusted by over 350,000 users in the global maritime community, FleetMon’s T-AIS data services already provide the world’s fastest update rate in delivering real-time T-AIS. Thanks to the partnership with exactEarth all these customers will now have access to exactAIS data and enjoy real-time, continuous global coverage of their maritime traffic operations.
As FleetMon’s CEO Lars Brandstaeter points out,

“this new partnership adds a new dimension to our AIS data service offering. I’m delighted to say that earth and sky are now united in serving the global maritime community.”

 

About exactEarth

exactEarth is a leading provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions. Since its establishment in 2009, exactEarth has pioneered a powerful new method of maritime surveillance called Satellite AIS (“S-AIS”) and has delivered to its clients a view of maritime behaviours across all regions of the world’s oceans unrestricted by terrestrial limitations. exactEarth has deployed an operational data processing supply chain involving a constellation of satellites, receiving ground stations, patented decoding algorithms and advanced “big data” processing and distribution facilities. This ground-breaking system provides a comprehensive picture of the location of AIS equipped maritime vessels throughout the world and allows exactEarth to deliver data and information services characterized by high performance, reliability, security and simplicity to large international markets.  For more information, visit www.exactearth.com

 

About FleetMon

FleetMon is a leading global network provider of terrestrial AIS (T-AIS) data services. Established in 2007  FleetMon has pioneered real-time T-AIS and now supplies clients in 164 countries with real-time and historic vessel data enabling ship owners, charterers and supply chain operators to track the position of their ships. Over 250 million vessel position reports per day are linked with detailed weather reports to deliver the precise vessel-tracking information FleetMon’s clients require. This data is backed by knowledgeable and responsive service support and creatively designed web services. Excellence in consulting and delivering data integration solutions enhances the company’s reputation with its clients. The partnership with exactEarth reflects FleetMon’s focus on integrated data solutions. For more information, visit www.fleetmon.com

contact:
Mr. Carsten Hilgenfeld
at FleetMon, Germany
+493814903218


Vessel Tracking Solution for America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

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Block Island success

December 12, 2016 was a memorable milestone in the history of America’s clean renewable energy industry. It was the day when Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm became the first offshore wind farm to deliver energy to the American power grid. Located off the shore of Rhode Island, the five offshore wind turbines that make up Block Island Wind Farm are now delivering electricity to the New England grid on a regular basis. The power produced by this pioneering wind farm is transmitted to the grid via a new sea-to-shore submarine cable system. This historic project was the result of two years of work involving more than 300 workers in the development, construction and commissioning of Block Island Wind Farm. Such a project also generates a great many vessel movements, which is where FleetMon came in. Read more…