Articles written by Lars Brandstäter

Scheduled (end of year) maintenance 2011-12-14, 22:00-00:00 UTC

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Dear friends of Digital Seas, on Wednsday night we will take care for our databases and switch to new cloud based services. This will bring a downtime for our main site, which we estimate with around two hours until midnight.
For about this time , access to FleetMon Explorer and the website as well as photo uploads will not be possible.

Thanks for your patience, stay tuned and be surprised with the results!

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2011-11

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Hey, we’re a little late this time, but still: Welcome to new ports and areas on Digital Seas, Fleetmon AIS and Fleetmon mobile! This is the roundup of new stations to date:

  • France, Nice: happy spotting of Yachts in the ports of the Cote d’Azur!
  • Argentina, Buenos Aires – thanks Francisco!
  • Australia, Darwin – thanks Mike!
  • Spain, Costa Blanca – thanks Ken!
  • Greece, Athena and Piraeus
  • Germany, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven: better coverage
  • Spain, Lanzarote – thanks David!
  • Sweden, Norrkoping – thanks Bjorn!
  • Australia, Bunbury – thanks Alek!

New: The FM Photobox App – fascinating ship photography

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It’s simply fantastic to see the great pictures added on every day, shared by people with the same passion on ships and photography (A huge “thumbs up” to all of you!), and just about every day there’s a real pearl among the new uploads.

Now, we felt we must give this fantastic photo stuff the attention that it deserves, because even the most fascinating photos sometimes just remain hidden somewhere in the huge Fleetmon database.
That’s why we make a fresh start and now have the pleasure to announce something completely new: The Digital Seas Photobox! It’s a mobile phone “App” for iPhones and Android phones, presenting the newest and the best images on Digital Seas, galleries of cruise ships, night shots, majestic tall ships, impressive offshore vessels, powerful tugs in action, highest rated pictures…

Photobox on the iPhone

Photobox on the iPhone

Lean back and browse through the galleries – on your sofa, while waiting at the bus stop or on the next ship to arrive. You can save your favorite images in “My Photobox” and carry them with you for offline viewing.

See what it looks like on the new Photobox page, download from Android Market and AppStore and give it a try. The Photobox has new stuff for you every day!

We hope you like the new Photobox App and are looking forward to your comments and ideas! Enjoy!

Welcome to new AIS ports and areas! 2011-09

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Welcome to new ports and areas on Digital Seas, Fleetmon and Fleetmon mobile! This is the summer 2011 roundup:

  • Mexico, Manzanillo
  • Italy, Naples and Sicily
  • Antilles, Curacao Wilhelmstad
  • Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Persian Gulf with better coverage
  • more Chinese ports, Hong Kong
  • Ukraine, Izmail, Danube River Delta
  • Germany, Berlin
  • Germany, Elbe-Havel channel
  • Germany, Rhine

Digital Seas HanseSail Special

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Digital Seas home town Rostock is crowded again: the Hanse Sail takes place for the 21th time and hosts once again the world’s largest and oldest Windjammers. It’s one of the largest maritime festivals in the world and attracts more than 200 sailing ships of all types and sizes from a variety of countries.

Those of you who were lucky enough to get a place on one of the tall ships and those of you who can’t attend this year: Don’t miss our HanseSail Special 2011 where you can look up and follow your favorite ships on Fleetmon Web! Download the brand new Digital Seas Photobox for Android and browse through fascinating sail ship photos from the Digital Seas community members!

HanseSail 2011 on the horizon, Fleetmon tracking for GREIF

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“Greif” is a majestic brigantine owned by the city of Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The ship is used as a training ship for maritime youth education.

Today it’s her 60th anniversary. All the best from our side!

The Greif was built in the Digital Seas hometown Rostock in 1952, so it’s a special honor for us to have this quite famous tall ship equipped by us with Fleetmon Satellite Tracking. During her voyages, the Greif’s office used to get lots of calls from friends and relatives of crew and guests asking for her position and schedule.

Thanks to Fleetmon Satellite Tracking, the Greif can now be followed on all her voyages, independent of AIS transmissions, even on high seas. Digital Seas provides hardware and platform to transparently merge AIS and satellite signals of the vessel into a constant and always up-to-date tracking experience.

The new Fleetmon Web map on the Greif homepage nicely shows the current position and last day track, so that friends and admirers can easily follow ship and company on all voyages.

Have a smartphone? Download the Fleetmon Sat mobile app for free and track the Greif on your mobile!

We’re looking forward to see her on the HanseSail 2011!

Read more about the “Greif”:

China’s coast almost completely covered, visit Hong Kong within Fleetmon now

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We are proudly bring a good part more of Chinas coast into our AIS coverage. Enjoy very busy ports and experience real time views with the help of Fleetmon – our Web- and Desktop Monitor for Vesseltraffic.


Visit the ports of Hong Kong within real time Fleet-Monitoring

Do you have your own AIS hardware?
Would you also like to connect to Digital-Seas AIS network
and experience real time monitoring at the web? If so learn how easy the setup is or please contact us us to discuss how to connect your station to our network.

Fleetmon Sat mobile for Blackberry released

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We are pleased to announce the immedite availability of Fleetmon Sat mobile for the Blackberry. Now, ship owners using Blackberry phones can equally enjoy the comfort of quick and convenient fleet position checks right on their mobile, wherever they are, anytime, with the well-known security of the Blackberry system.

With the release of Fleetmon Sat mobile for the Blackberry OS, we are proud to support all major mobile plattforms: Fleetmon Sat mobile, the mobile companion App for the Fleetmon Satellite Tracking service, now runs on iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry OS 6 devices. Fleetmon Satellite Tracking provides ship owners with reliable and cost-effective global tracking for vessels and fleets of all sizes, hourly position updates for all ships equipped even on high seas, and a range of supervision and assessment features. Check out Fleetmon Sat mobile on Blackberry AppWorld – it’s free!

Introducing the lightning fast search

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The Digital Seas database magicians have done it again: Digital Seas now sports a lightning fast search engine that accelerates Digital Seas, Fleetmon and Fleetmon mobile. Vessel searches in Fleetmon are now an incredible 20 times faster – no waiting for the search results any more, they are just there as you type! Same goes for your Fleetmon favorites list, it will get loaded almost instantly.

And yet, Fleetmon makes no compromise — it is still a real-time software, providing live undelayed AIS information for more than 100’000 vessels world-wide, now searchable in the blink of an eye!