Are you spending more time at home than you would like to? Make the best out of it. We felt like returning something to our users. Therefore we dropped the daily time limits for Open Users. Open Users (free accounts) can use the FleetMon Explorer beyond 15 minutes per day. Feel free to track your favourite vessels all day every day until 1 June – no costs involved.
With the release of our new Historical Track module we now provide a free, monthly budget to all users of FleetMon with an Unlimited, SAT15 or SAT 50 account. On every first day of the month, your credit balance will be replenished. Should you already own a credit budget, the gift credits will be used first.
We are happy to announce the release of the Traffic Density Map in FleetMon Explorer! Now you are able to visualize local and global shipping lanes with the click of a button. You can determine exact traffic areas in port and at sea as well as filter vessel routes by vessel and signal type in one easy to use interactive map.
On July 14 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral with six next-generation AIS satellites on board.
FleetMon.com is pleased to announce that the additional AIS vessel tracking power delivered by these satellites is made fully available to users of the FleetMon platform as of today.
This newly expanded constellation of our satellite AIS partner ORBCOMM marks the largest and most powerful constellation existing today, and addresses a number of previous limitations faced when tracking vessel from space.
In addition to having more satellites detecting ship signals in space, also the number of ground stations has been vastly increased. Now ORBCOMM’s entire network of 16 ground stations is engaged, one on every continent of the globe, and ensures much more frequent downloads of the AIS messages received in space.
As a result, FleetMon users benefit from a dramatically reduced latency time and a strongly increased update rate of ship signals received from the open oceans. The overall data volume received by the satellites has easily tripled, and the ship signals from deep ocean position are displayed on FleetMon users’ screens in no more than 5-10 minutes.
Thanks to enhanced receiver technology with increased sensitivity, the new satellites detect more messages in high traffic areas and more vessels by detecting positions from lower powered transponders such as Class B transponder messages. There is also an increase in detection of AIS messages transmitted at lower data rates, such as from vessels at anchor, and static data reports, for example destination or ETA messages.
With these new capabilities, combined with FleetMon’s own terrestrial AIS network data, users are able to track vessels more accurately and precisely than has ever been possible before — with a further 11 satellites planned for deployment in late 2014!
FleetMon is more than a vessel tracking service – We also collect for you notable and breaking news, investigations and researches related to diverse aspects of the maritime market.
Gain expert knowledge and market insight into the container shipping and tanker industry, inform yourself about incidents and accidents and stay up to date on maritime science and technology with Fleetmon’s Newsroom!
Find the information you are looking for in no time, using different filter and search options.
2. Now the revised FleetMon’s Maritime News Section encourages you to be involved in the maritime events. Thanks to the new comment module you can share your opinion and add an important information to the article or to discuss different topics with the FleetMon’s community.
Caption: Leave your comment in the note field below the article and tell us what you think or find out what other community users know about the maritime event!
3. The actuality of a certain article indicates the number of views. When reading the article you can easily head over to the detailed vessel or port information on the vessel’s and port detail pages – related vessels and ports are linked to the article. FleetMon Blog links in the Maritime Section will guide you directly to our blog-posts.
Caption: All helpful links in the FleetMon Newsroom connect you with other FleetMon’s sections in a most flexible way.
Since recently the Maritime News Section is available in the FleetMon Mobile app. Along with the spotting of the vessels on the real-time map, you can browse trough the freshest maritime news in the app!
FleetMon team hopes that you like the revised Maritime News Section and therefore invites you to become a part of this informative platform. If you are a maritime expert or enthusiast, whose passion is a constant flow of maritime events, we will be pleased to welcome you as a FleetMon News Editor.
Just get in touch and help us to develop our maritime news feeder further.
Which oil tankers are lying in the roads, waiting for an assignment in the Golf of Guinea? Or off Fujairah? And which vessels are engaged in offshore construction works in the Barents Sea?
FleetMon now has the answers that you are looking for!
Space-born tracking data has just been seamlessly integrated into FleetMon Explorer, enabling you to inspect vessel traffic and behavior in any region, all around the globe. Zoom into any area of your interest and immediately identify all vessels directly on the map.
The FleetMon team is proud to release this eye-opening functionality to all subscribers of our satellite-enabled subscription plans with immediate effect.
Have a look into the following images to discover your new possibilities with FleetMon Explorer. Or even better: Sign up for one of FleetMon’s Unlimited Sat accounts and try it yourself!
Follow the global marine traffic to the open sea with satellite AIS.
Inspect marine traffic from a global perspective and zoom into any area of your interest to identify every single ship at first sight.
Assess voyage details including last port, next destination and estimated time of arrival directly in the map. The vessel’s detail page with further ship particulars, logs and statistics is just one click away.
Monitor vessels and operations far offshore, where normal tracking methods cannot reach. Navigation charts, weather data and display of surrounding marine traffic help you improve nautical supervision, weather routing and bunker planning.
Sign up for one of FleetMon’s Unlimited Sat accounts for immediate insight into the global marine traffic here!
The FleetMon team is more than happy to announce that the FleetMon Vessel Database just hit the milestone of 100’000 extended vessel datasheets!
FleetMon not only provides fundamental data like vessel identification, category and dimensions for about 400’000 vessels detected over the last years, it adds management information and technical particulars like tonnages, detailed ship type, capacities, engine and builder information for 100’000 vessels – more than the world’s current active merchant fleet!
This tremendous success would not have been possible without the valuable input (and sometimes tireless work!) of passionate FleetMon users all over the world, who update the FleetMon datasheets with their expert knowledge.
To open this vast resource to you, we have tuned the FleetMon Vessel Database further over the last weeks. It’s now really easy to pull up, say, the list of Liberian flagged bulk carriers between 120 kt and 300 kt dead weight (there are 133 of them):
The detailed list of ship types is neatly arranged so that it is easier than ever to pick the types of your interest.
New vessel types that become increasingly important have been added (like Offshore Installation, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) vessels), several ambiguous names have been sorted out and some rather old-fashioned and rarely used ones have been removed for clarity.
We know that with this fascinating variety among the ships we see on all oceans today, there will never be a final vessel categorization system that fits all tastes and definitions in the world. However we continue to strive for a vessel type system that is clear and easy to use, does not overwhelm the enthusiast and does not leave alone the professional. That’s an ambitious goal which we cannot reach without you!
Within the last weeks we received a lot of feedback about FleetMon mobile. We listened carefully to your wishes and here is what we’ve made of them:
You inspired us to enhance the visualization of vessels on the map. The actual size and heading direction of ships is visible for you now, even when ships are moored or anchored. Check what’s going on in the port of your interest and enjoy this new dimension of detail.
Wow! See how a total of 3 tugs is helping the Maersk Missouri to transit a lock in Bremerhaven!
And we made things easier to use for you: Forget about the refresh button from now on. The vessel positions in the Spotting Map are updated automatically and you can actually see the ships moving on the map in real-time.
Easier than ever: Vessels move live on the map and you can change the map layers without leaving the spotter mode, using the new cogwheel icon in the toolbar on the right!
FleetMon mobile now makes you independent from standard AIS reception ranges. Users with an Unlimited Sat 15 or 50 account can follow their individual fleet to the seven seas and look up fresh satellite position updates for any ship worldwide.
Your ship is crossing the Indian Ocean? Add it to your My Fleet list and keep sight of it even when it sails on the high sea!
Last but not least, the main menu of FleetMon Mobile now includes FleetMon’s Maritime News. Get informed about what’s going on in the maritime world wherever you are!
With FleetMon mobile you’re up to date even on the go: Monitor vessel operations in port, check your fleet’s position, and browse through maritime news.
Go ahead, download FleetMon Mobile from your app store and see for yourself! And in case one of your wishes remains unfulfilled leave a comment below or contact our support team.
No matter if you are a vessel owner, freight forwarder, agent, marine analyst or ship photographer – to do your job at best, you always need to get the most up-to-date information that’s available.
The FleetMon Explorer just got enhanced by full satellite AIS tracking capabilities, and if you did not use it regularly yet, we are confident this new functionality will soon make it your tool of choice:
FleetMon Explorer’s main view represents all vessels globally within live coverage, thus providing you with several position updates per ship and minute. Enjoy monitoring ship traffic in real time and raise nautical supervision and operations monitoring to a new standard. By configuring different viewports, you can keep an eye on multiple areas of interest and situations in no time. And official electronic navigation charts with global coverage can be made available to you within minutes.
Track your fleet and other vessels of interest with FleetMon Explorer’s My Fleet list. Latest vessel positions will be displayed in a single view to allow quick assessment of status and progress. The presentation mode automatically highlights your ships and their tracks one-by-one, for supervision or presentation of your fleet on large screens. With our “Unlimited Sat” plans, users can track unlimited ships and enjoy seamless integration of satellite tracking data.
Find any vessel of your interest in the FleetMon Explorer Search View. See up-to-date information on the vessel’s destination and estimated time of arrival at a glance. Set a reference point and let FleetMon Explorer calculate distances and time till the closest point of approach. For users of FleetMon’s Unlimited Sat services the real-time tracking data is seamlessly combined with position reports captured by satellites. Assess trading routes, latest voyages and vessel behavior with a single click.
Dear Cape Townians and inhabitants of South Africa!
If you haven’t put up your Christmas tree yet, we can offer you something more exciting than a green decorated conifer! What about mounting an AIS station absolutely for free and enjoying the live marine traffic of your area in the FleetMon Explorer without any limitations?
Currently FleetMon is looking for someone who is ready to become its AIS partner in South Africa by adopting an AIS station from the previous host. The AIS station is laying directly in Cape Town and is waiting to be taken into operation. The fully functional AIS equipment, consisting of a 1 meter antenna, an AIS receiver and converter device simply needs to be connected to power supply and internet. Impressive AIS reception range for South Africa can be provided, if the antenna is put at an elevated location with free sight to the water.
In addition to the free AIS equipment the new host of course will be awarded with a free FleetMon Unlimited account.
If you feel addressed or know someone living in Cape Town or on the coast of the Western Cape who could adopt the AIS station, please get in touch with us and we will arrange for the rest!