Articles written by Lars Brandstäter

What about navigation charts? – FleetMon goes “office VTS”

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It always has been a wish of our users to monitor vessel traffic on real electronic navigation charts (ENCs). Not an easy thing to do, technically.

But hope is there, the FleetMon team proudly introduces today Inland ENC display inside FleetMon Explorer. Inspect your favorite areas with fresh marine charts and real-time movements from anywhere, and turn your office into a VTS (Vessel Traffic Service)!

Just select Inland ENC as your map in FleetMon Explorer (move mouse to upper right corner) and off you go with a navigators’ feeling. The FleetMon Pro and Unlimited accounts include coverage for European and US rivers.

SMT BONTRUP passing Terneuzen, shown on ENC in FleetMon Explorer

Here are some interesting grounds to start with:

  • Rotterdam/Europoort Approach, Oosterschelde
  • Vlissingen, Westerschelde
  • Mississippi Delta/New Orleans
  • Great Lakes
  • Rhine and Danube Rivers

IRIS II on Mississippi River near New Orleans on ENC in FleetMon Explorer

Ferry FRIESLAND on its way through the shallow Dutch Wattenzee waters to Terschelling Island

CELINA leaving Europoort Rotterdam

Enjoy the new possibilities and see the marine traffic as you have never seen it before. Our team is looking forward to your feedback and user stories.
For those of you interested in using FleetMon Explorer with full global ENC coverage, just get in touch with our team. The FleetMon Explorer ENC display is based on FleetMon’s own ECDIS map server technology.

New membership offers for Pro and Unlimited

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Wait no longer – Today there are two more good reasons to get your account: We introduce new discounted membership offers and enable convenient payment by wire transfer — the good old “Überweisung”, Virement, Transferencia, Overschrijving or Przelew that is ever so popular in Europe and Asia.

Save your access to the superb FleetMon Explorer now for one full year. Upgrade to a Pro or Unlimited membership and save 17% – in other words: pay 10 months, get 12 months! Or choose the one-month or three-months membership for starters.

Time to tell your boss about the new discounted full-year membership!? The accounting dept. will be happy, too: It goes without saying that you will receive a proper receipt and invoice right during payment.

Oh, and our US customers may choose money order, too.

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2012-02

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It’s time again for our roundup of new AIS stations – Welcome to new ports and areas with live ship traffic on, Fleetmon Explorer and Fleetmon mobile!

Site update: Vessel Datasheets Reporting

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The Vessel Datasheet reporting tool got an update today, thanks to your valuable feedback. Putting down relevant vessel data for later reference and sharing your knowledge about ships has never been easier than now, and we fixed some bugs with the Wiki field, so it is now possible again to write freetext information on important facts, incidents or history of the ship.

Cruise Ship DISNEY FANTASY one step closer to Port Canaveral

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The newest Disney Cruise Line ship, the Fantasy, has moored today in Eemshaven, after she floated out of its enclosed building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany last week.

Picture: Track of convoying from Papenburg to the North Sea (Eemshaven, Groningen)

The vessel reached its final final stages of construction. This marks another milestone as the vessel heads toward its March 31 maiden voyage from Port Canaveral.
Almost a year ago, the Fantasy’s sister ship, the Dream, embarked on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, where it is based.
Both the Dream and the Fantasy are 4,000-passenger ships. They’re 40 percent larger than their two older fleet-mates, the Magic and the Wonder, which have been repositioned from Port Canaveral.

Try catching the track with FleetMon Explorer (live AIS), start at Vessels Detail Page:

Photo copyright Joern,


AIS Azores coverage improved

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New AIS reception on the island of Azores results in better monitoring of ship traffic in the central Atlantic.
Europe – America routes are passing our reception, FM is able to store positioning info of vessel fleets even better.
live vessel tracking of the Azores here:


Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2011-12

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The new website has just started, but our AIS coverage continues to grow: Welcome to new ports and areas with live ship traffic on, Fleetmon Explorer and Fleetmon mobile! This is the roundup of new stations to date:

All Top Uploaders and Sharers upgraded!

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Good news for all top ship spotters on If you have more than 500 active ship photos, your account has just been upgraded to a free Fleetmon Unlimited plan.

All AIS sharers have already received a free upgrade during the weekend, so that now all the kind people driving the Fleetmon community get a little reward for their contributions.

(If you think that you should receive an upgrade, too, but have been left out by mistake, just get in touch and we will fix that quickly!)