Articles written by Lars Brandstäter

FleetMon Mobile: v1.8 released in App store

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Today we’ve got a holiday here in Germany. While thinking about reformations, why not use the sparetime to update your version of FleetMon mobile?
The just released version 1.8 is now available at the app store and because we like gifts, here are some promo codes, for the fast ones…

  • 3MX9PKTETJ44
  • 7ML34H4NW6WT
  • NWNEJNXRF33W is our well developed tracking app for your access to please post your succesful code use here :-)

Satellite AIS: The world’s vibrant transport backbone

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A week of ship traffic on the seven seas, seen from space. Get a glimpse of the vibrant lanes of goods transport that link the continents in this fascinating video.

The vessel movements were captured using newest space-borne and terrestrial AIS technology from FleetMon and its partner Luxspace. The records cover the world’s merchant fleet with some 100’000s of cargo ships, tankers, ferries, plus cruise ships, yachts and tugs.

Satellite AIS enables tracking any AIS equipped vessel even when sailing the open seas. Combining high-resolution terrestrial and global space-based tracking in a unique seamless fashion, FleetMon brings you the best in today’s AIS tracking!

Satellite AIS is now available in FleetMon Satellite Tracking, our full-fledged fleet monitoring service, in FleetMon’s Customer APIs, reports and analyses of maritime traffic data.

What can we do for you? Contact us to discuss satellite AIS for your project! More information:

Lost contact to vessel – what if…?

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In a new case of piracy in the Golf of Guinea, Greek tanker ORFEAS disappeared from the screens and remained unreachable for three long days. It must have been dreadful hours for the crew, their families and the ship managment. Pirates had hijacked the vessel transporting 35,000 tons of gasoline to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast.

Obviously, navigation equipment had been cut down on the vessel, so it could no longer be detected by AIS, neither terrestrial nor satellite, or contacted via Inmarsat. While “invisible”, the vessel crossed the Gulf of Guinea sailing some 650 nautical miles until it popped up again on Oct 9th, when the pirates finally released the ship with crew in good health, having stolen part of the cargo (see our news coverage).

Good to now: FleetMon Satellite Tracking provides ship managers with a fleet monitoring solution that is able to track vessels even in situations when they are not under control. More information here.

FleetMon launches Maritime Business Register

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The FleetMon Martime Business Register connects companies in the global maritime business, bringing together buyers and providers, ships and ports.

Whether you are looking for food supply, marine equipment or specialist engineers – easily find the company offering the products and services you need
in any port of the world. Save time with detailed service descriptions and full-style contact details.

You want to represent your own company here and advertise your products and services to the global maritime community of FleetMon users? You’re welcome, it’s free! Your company will be listed in the main maritime business register and on the port of your choice in the section “Companies in port”.

Germany’s new deepwater port: Jade Weser Port opened

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With the inauguration of the Jade-Weser-Port a few kilometers north of Wilhelmshaven, Germany has now its own deepwater port, able to handle the largest container ships of the world today. It is the most easterly deep-sea port in the European North Range, and approximately two thirds of the container traffic is exptected for transhipment to the European countries and Russia via feeder ships.

The location of the port, with an approach of only 23 miles, make it independent of the considerable tides in the German Bight and allow container ships and feeders to save valuable time and money.

The world’s biggest container ship company, Maersk, is the first customer at the Eurogate terminal and will route two different weekly loops over Jade Weser Port.

Look up for port arrivals and vessels currently in Jade Weser Port.

A few days before opening, MSC FLAMINIA, the container vessel that caught fire amidst the Atlantic in July and had to be abandoned by the crew, safely docked in the port for decontamination works.

ER – Engine Room, holiday season

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It’s holiday season almost everywhere, but the guys in the FleetMon engine room just love their machines and don’t need any holidays at all (…ahem, well…). However, we spent the last weeks under deck for you, polishing the engines and tools.

Most important:

  • made FleetMon faster! We nearly doubled the mean speed already and that’s not the end yet!
  • fixed a problem where FleetMon Explorer would only show a gray window on startup (e.g., following Flash plugin update)
  • fixed a problem that caused duplicate entries in the vessel schedules

Now it’s time to push a few exciting projects we have started. Stay tuned!

Extended vessel schedules released

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Knowing which vessels are expected in a port for several weeks in advance is a true business advantage that you should not miss.

Today, discover a new dimension of vessel schedule information at FleetMon now makes full voyage schedules, routes and intermediate ports available for a large number of vessels, providing you with a new set of possibilities and advantages. Vessel schedules and port arrivals functionality has been vastly improved.

FleetMon users save time and effort thanks to the comprehensive schedule information directly integrated in the vast Vessel Database. Know in advance where the vessels of your interest will pass by and which ports are visited next by looking up the voyage schedule on the vessel’s detail page.

Visit the ports of your interest and retrieve detailed information on the vessels scheduled to call in the weeks to come, for example in Hamburg, Dar Es Salaam, Surabaya, or Paramaribo. Find hundreds of ports around the world that have been added to FleetMon as part of the update.

Business analysts and researchers will appreciate that FleetMon’s powerful port call history benefits from the improvements, too. It’s easy to research a vessel’s port call history over months, for example to compare schedule and actual port calls, or to inspect the records of vessels of a given type that have called a port in a given time.

Advanced schedule data is available for a growing number of vessels. The timeframe available in schedule tables and in the history tables depends on your account level. Please refer to our Plans & Prices page for further information and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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 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

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.

FleetMon Explorer with best precision in AIS track display, vessel category = label color

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We are introducing a new shiny labeling display.

We made the display of the vessel tracks even more precise and introduced a new modus for the last track of a selected vessel. If the vessel is on its journey for more then 24h FM Explorer will recall the traveled route to the last port visited.
The new feature will give you more insight with just a single click.

detailed display of vessels track in FM Explorer


category colors in vessels name labels in FM Explorer



Colorful labels with the name of every vessel names
are making your monitoring live easier :-)
Read more…

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2012-06

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Welcome to new ports and areas with live AIS ship traffic on, Fleetmon Explorer and Fleetmon mobile! Here is the overdue May/June 2012 roundup … thanks to all AIS partners and everybody involved for the kind cooperation!

  • Thailand, Laem Chabang — a busy container port and Thailand’s biggest
  • Sri Lanka, Colombo — named the largest port in Southern Asia
  • Mexico, Veracruz — more to come on the Gulf of Mexico. Come on guys, we’re eager to see the new antennas online ;-)
  • Peru, Puerto Ilo — Bienvenido Peru! First port in this impressing country that stretches from the Pacific ocean to 6’700 meters in the Andes Mountains.
  • Italy, Palermo
  • Lithuania, Klaipeda — stronger antenna in this busy Baltic port
  • not to mention the complete coverage of Panama Canal – enjoy !