Category "Updates"


New Pricing and Plans: Tracking Just Got Easier! (Update)

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At FleetMon, we have always been pioneers in the maritime data industry. Established in 2007, we developed the world’s first open-access shipping database. Since then, we have never grown tired of digitalizing shipping and vessel traffic and making it even more transparent.

15 years of FleetMon. 15 years of innovations. 7 years of constant pricing and plans.

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FleetMon at III. International MARISSA Symposium 2022

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“INTO THE FUTURE – SAFE, SECURE & SUSTAINABLE”

The successful series of MARISSA events continues: Yesterday, June 21, 2022, the
III. International MARISSA Symposium in Bremerhaven / Germany had begun. Four FleetMon crew members are pleased to be part of the event: Carsten Hilgenfeld, Schalk Van Bosch, Darren Caldwell, and Sebastian Olias. Already on day 1, the visitors could listen to two exciting presentations by Carsten Hilgenfeld and Schalk Van Bosch.

From left to right: Darren Caldwell, Sebastian Olias, Schalk Van Bosch and Carsten Hilgenfeld.
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FleetMon Crew at International Career Day

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What is it like to have fleets from all over the world in your hands?

It is Thursday evening, June 8, in the atrium of the Konrad Zuse Building at the University of Rostock. A fresh breeze blows through the extensive hall while the summer seems to have arrived outside. Students bustle between the doors, slowly filling the room. Then it’s time, punctually at 5 p.m., for the International Career Day to open.

We from FleetMon have already set up our booths with the other companies and can’t wait for the program to start.

FleetMon team members Laura, Daniel, Anne and Steffi at the International Career Day of the University of Rostock.
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Is Supply Chain Visibility in China at Risk?

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We share our view on China’s AIS Coverage Drop.

Recently the maritime industry became aware of what has been stated in the media as “China’s terrestrial AIS data blackout”. Following two new data security laws in China, the reception of data from China became challenging. The new Data Security Law (DSL) and Personal Information Protection Law, both coming into effect on Nov 1, 2021, intend to increase government control over domestic and overseas companies collecting and exporting China’s data. Industry experts are concerned about how those changes might impact ocean supply chain visibility in China, especially taking into account the country’s leading role in global container shipping and coal and iron ore import. Besides, mainland China is home to six of the world’s ten largest container ports.

FleetMon collaborates with several Chinese companies and AIS Partners to receive terrestrial vessel position data from Chinese coastal waters. The new rules restrict foreign access to important data like vessels’ AIS signals collected in China without the government’s prior notice and approval. Some of our loyal AIS Partners and data sharers from China have paused transmitting data in fear of massive fines announced by the Chinese government in case of law violations.

Now, how severe is the impact of China’s new Data Security Laws on AIS coverage in the region?

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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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