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Fleetmon :mobile v.1.5 out in the Apple store today

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Ooh Boy, this update marked the biggest effort since the release of Fleetmon :mobile in Fall 2009.
Make sure you set the right login data inside the iPhone settings to relish the brand new “My Fleet” function inside the app. We also started with a new Gallery feauture inside Fleetmon to show all this great vessel images in the best possible quality.
The open Digital-Seas community is growing fast. Enjoy perfect ship images, real time vessel tracking and live ship reports. Take part at our community forum.
With access to more then 60.000 unique vessel images, live coverage of over 20.000 vessels and a ship database with more then 120.00 records, Fleetmon is the fastest and feature richest App in the Store.

✔ new: “My Fleet” Function, manage the same Fleet list on your device and on website
✔ new: Gallery of Ship Images , only accept the best in quality in full resolution for the iPhone (retina) and iPad
✔ new: Feedback function: send reports and comments from inside the app
✔ new: support for portrait and landscape mode on all devices
✔ new: map display with literal of sea area and nearest port for better orientation
✔ new: reDesign of vessel detail tab for faster overview and readability
✔ new: listing of last ports now also available on detail page (just swipe down…)

✔ testet with iOS 4.3 on iPhone and iPad,
✔ local image cache for reducing the data volume of transmission
✔ new server for optimizing image resolution of various end-devices
✔ implementing functional authentification against digital-seas

✔ adoption to multitasking and memory available, saving all task states
✔ new APIs for all services, new servers (of course… :-)

• free Account on Digital-Seas Website needed, to make use of “My Fleet” and live tracking functions

We had 70% of our net-traffic due to scraping the content trough available interface-ports, so we decided to introduce a scheme of authentification. We expect discussions here, but there seems to be no other smart way solving the issue of dealing with servers under heavy load. In the end we have to secure our fair users and support them with a stable service. There is a good place inside the forum to discuss this topic:

see Demonstration and ScreenShots of Fleetmon :mobile here:

Welcome to new ports and areas! 2011-03

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Digital Seas welcomes new AIS ports, areas, and stronger antennas:

+ Guinea, Conakry

+ UAE, Fujairah

+ Singapore

+ Italy, Trieste – thanks Alessandro!

+ UK, Teesport – thanks Tony!

+ UK, Penzanze/Land’s end

+ UK, Northern Ireland, Firth of Clyde

AIS sharers, don’t forget to contact us to get your personal set-up and new Fleetmon access!

Fleetmon :mobile, Palstek magazine features App

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The German technical yachting magazine Palstek reviews Mac, iPhone and iPad software for yachtsmen in its current and forthcoming issues. The review is refreshingly critical – not every “i” software makes sense, but some tools are found to be really useful. So is our own Fleetmon mobile. Worth a read!

Update, Friday 2011-01-28

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Welcome to new ports and areas on Digital Seas!

AIS sharers, please don’t forget to contact us to get your personal set-up and new Fleetmon access!

[+] added new AIS antenna: Port Kembla, Australia — thanks John!

[+] added new AIS antenna: Haifa

[+] added new AIS antenna: Bornholm, Denmark

[+] added new AIS antenna: Floro, Norway

[+] added new AIS antenna: Cologne, Godorf, Germany

Fleetmon :mobile v.1.4 out in the Apple store now

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New version is available from today on!
Checkout the new List and Port section. We’ve put a lot of work into even better performance and usability. Multitasking is now supported and all settings are right there, when you restart the app. It should be a pleasure to use it on a regular basis.
FreePromoCodes will be posted on Wed, 2011-01-05 11:00 UTC via twitter:

We want to deliver the best Vessel tracking app on the market. One app for all of your devices, no hidden payments, perfect performance, smooth even on older devices, large coverage with almost no delay, optimized for fast daily use, that is Fleetmon :mobile.

mods in v1.4:
✔ new list function, select your viewport first and list only active vessels inside
(berth, port entries, area monitoring), automatically updates of course!
✔ complete support for the iOS 4.2 multitasking options on iPhone und iPad, just continue, where you stopped working the last time

✔ now with manual update button in vessels detail view (keep your loved ship selected)
✔ save current port (Ports) with update option
✔ better usability and performance, also while updating
✔ color corrections for better readability, new artwork :-)
✔ no limits for fast devices, measuring iPad und iPhone (now radius 50sm <= 500 vessels)

Update, Friday 2010-11-12

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[+] puuh, we’ve got a new server up and running, hoping there are some speed improvements
[+] worked on all those fixes, related to change of backend

[+] added new AIS antenna: Panama, Panama City !!!! We love it !!!
[+] added new AIS antenna: Bahamas: Nassau
[+] added new AIS antenna: Netherlands: Njimegen

[*] fixed My ImageManager, now able to handle a couple thousand images
[*] MyVesselList reworked, with new layout
[*] Vessel History adjusted, now reflecting all former recorded signals of vessel-hull
[*] VesselData added
[*] TinyUploader fixed (wrong IMO assignment in seldom cases:-)


Moving to new Server today…

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we are expecting delays and even a short downtime during the day (European time) when moving the site to a new server. Thank you for the patience, we will then continue with better resources and faster response times.

20101009: LISCO GLORIA, vessel on fire after explosion in the Baltic Sea

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Ferry LSICO GLORIA of DFDS, image copyright: Frank Zerzau, 2010

The ferry has been between the isles of Fehmarn, DE and Langeland, DK in the night from Friday to Saturday, when a fire broke out after an explosion at the upper deck.

236 passengers and crew members got rescued by the ferry DEUTSCHLAND and are back in Kiel’s Marine base.
Ten Tugs, firefighting vessels and helicopters took part in the action, three injured people have been broght to the hospital. The vessel is on anchor in the open sea now. The Danish government sent the MARIE MILJOE to secure a possible oil spill of the 200 tons diesel-oil on bord of the ferry.
The LISCO GlORIA is a ferry of DFDS serving the line from Kiel to Klaipeda.




screenshots of scenario from “FleetMon”, our software for live vessel tracking:


Overview Baltic Sea


South of Langelung


New Rescue Tug BALTIC from Rostock

more vessel coming for help

more vessel coming for help

Update: Friday 2010-10-08

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[+] new AIS antenna: Zeebrugge, BE
[+] new AIS antenna: Stavanger, NO
[+] new AIS antenna: Vigo, SP

[+] Fleetmon V2: released first alpha version to limited user group, defined timeline to bring the new client online for all users

[+] lots of work in creating new API
[+] new admin functions for image-moderators for flagging and making users aware of quality and copyright issues