Only one moment to take the perfect shot. Ship spotting is a hobby made for true vessel enthusiasts, crew members, people working in the nautical field and other maritime fans. Equipped with warm socks, raincoat, field glasses and most important – a camera – ship spotters head out to take pictures of all kinds of vessels: passenger ships, tankers, bulkers, cargo vessels – Nothing is safe from their focused lenses. German Ship spotters can be found at the major ports, terminals and nearby bridges of Hamburg, Cuxhaven, Kiel, and Warnemünde.
Ship spotters upload their pictures to vessel tracking platforms like FleetMon.com to enlarge their personal photo galleries. FleetMon is based in Rostock/ Germany and celebrates its 10th anniversary in summer 2020. During the last decade, far more than 600.000 vessel pictures have been added to our vessel image database. Providing users with high-quality pictures of over 70.000 different vessels truly adds value to our vessel database.
We are currently developing the world’s best marine routing network, with more than 2 million network points, and of course we want to tell the universe about it. There’s no better place for this than the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility and IT – the transport logistic in Munich. This is where the logistics industry meets.
At the fair we will be presenting, for the first time, the software prototype for the research project MERMAID. The plan is to start selling the routing algorithm in early 2020 or to fully integrate it into our production system. FleetMon is one of the few companies in the world with its own routing network optimized completely for the logistics chain. As part of the MERMAID project, we have worked together with our research partner, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), to further optimize FleetMon’s existing routing algorithm and to extract the last 5 percent.
Last Monday, the 4th of march 2019, the 4th MERMAID Status Meeting took place. At the DLR place in Neustrelitz, the project members: the DLR Institute of Transport Systems Technology, the DLR Institute of Communication and Navigation, DLR Technology Marketing and FleetMon met and exchanged information on the current status. Among other things, the joint appearance at the transport logistic trade fair in Munich from 4 to 7 June 2019 was planned.
What is MERMAID?
The acronym MERMAID stands for Maritime Routing Maps based on AIS Data. In this research project, which started in October 2017, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is developing a method for the automated calculation of plausible ship routes. The aim is to improve the prediction of arrival times in order to optimise logistics chains and corresponding processes for sea transport.
In der ersten Novemberwoche ging es für unsere beiden Entwickler Dennis und Daniel nach London. Sie besuchten die AngularConnect 2018 in London – die größte und bedeutsamste Angular Konferenz in Europa mit mehr als 1000 Teilnehmern.
Tendenz stetig steigend. Im Vordergrund stand der Austausch mit der Community, denn JAKOTA Cruise Systems plant den Umstieg auf die aktuelle Angular Version 7.0.
Was ist Angular eigentlich?
Angular ist ein Front-End-Framework basierend auf Typescript. Dieses Web Framework wurde von Google entworfen und ist der Nachfolger von AngularJS.
Der Kontakt zu den Speakern und den Angular Entwicklern bei Google, welche zahlreich auf der Konferenz vertreten waren, ist dabei sehr eng. Sie zeigten Workflows und zukünftige Änderungen an dem Framework.
Dennis, Developer JAKOTA
Seit Sonntag früh (09.09.2018) wird der ehemalige DSDS-Sänger Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck vermisst. Die Rostocker Reederei AIDA Cruises hat offiziell bestätigt, dass dieser offenbar von einem Aussichtsdeck des Kreuzfahrtschiffes AIDA LUNA gesprungen ist, die sich gerade auf dem Weg von Hamburg nach New York befand.
Der Kapitän leitete unverzüglich ein Mann-über-Bord-Manöver ein und lenkte das Schiff zurück zur möglichen Unglücksstelle.
Zu dem Zeitpunkt befand sich die AIDA LUNA vor der Küste der kanadischen Insel Neufundland im Atlantischen Ozean in der Labrador See, ungefähr 185 Kilometer nördlich von St. John’s/Neufundland. Die Wassertemperatur betrug etwa 10,5 Grad.
FleetMon.com bringt Transparenz in diese maritimen Abläufe.
Um 8.43 Uhr am Sonntag begann die Suche und endete gegen 18.11 Uhr. Anschließend begab sich das Schiff wieder auf seine ursprüngliche Route.
An der Suchaktion war neben der AIDA LUNA auch das niederländische Kreuzfahrtschiff MS ZUIDERDAM beteiligt. Am gestrigen Montag suchte dann noch das kanadische Patrouillenschiff SIR WILFRIED GRENFELL im Seegebiet. Darüber hinaus sind Hubschrauber und Flugzeuge an der umfangreichen Rettungsaktion beteiligt, die in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der kanadischen Küstenwache erfolgt.
Die Erfolgsaussichten sind auf Grund der Wassertemperaturen aber gering.
During May 2018 1,777 Oil & Gas vessels were assessed by IMRRA.
100 vessels with 784 deficiencies were identified as vessels with poor PSC Inspection results (equal to five or more deficiencies),
and 16 vessels were detained.
IMRRA’s May 2018 Data Summary
|Vessels Assessed DWT
||94, 573, 785
|Above Ave. Risk Rating Vessels
|Below Risk Rating Vessels
|Average Risk Rating
|Minimum Vessel Risk Rating
|Maximum Risk Rating
|Casualty Incidents (from screenings)
|Vessels with 5 or more PSC deficiencies
Gastcomment from columnist Carl Nolte:
It wasn’t long ago that the maritime industry was a man’s world. It was part of the culture in book, movies, songs an legends. The sea captains, sailors, explorers, naval heroes, even the pirates were all men. It was ingrained in the language: seaman, helmsman, fisherman, longshoreman, yachtsman.
The World has changed in recent years. Now there are female admirals, ship captains, ferry skippers, deckhands, marine engineers, maritime executives. At the end of the last year, Maria Secchitano of San Francisco defeated two men to be elected national president of the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, which represents ferry and tugboat workers. She is the first female head of a seagoing labor organization.
Electric road vehicles are slowly but surely making progress. According to figures published by the International Energy Agency worldwide sales were up by 40% in 2016. But an electric-powered ship – isn’t that technically impossible? A few years ago, we would have agreed, but advances in electric power storage and generation have made this emission-free dream come true – in Finland, for example. A 525-ton ferry with the appropriate name ELEKTRA (shown on the picture) is now transporting up to 375 passengers and 90 cars through the islets off the Finnish port of Turku. The batteries for this Finferries vessel were manufactured by Siemens, a company with a long tradition in electric-powered vessels with the first one built as long ago as 1886! In the Norwegian city of Trondheim Siemens employs more than 1,000 people in the development and construction of electric-powered fishing vessels, working boats and ferries. Siemens built the world’s first e-ferry, the AMPERE, in 2015 and is currently expanding its battery production facility in Trondheim.
On 1 January 2018 a new and mandatory dimension was added to fleet tracking: ship owners are now obliged to monitor CO2 emissions for ships exceeding 5,000 gross tons. There are good reasons.
International shipping is the only means of transportation not included in the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So monitoring CO2 emissions from ships makes environmental sense. In November 2017 an agreement was reached between the European Parliament and Council to establish a mechanism for monitoring, reporting and verifying maritime emissions. The aim of the new regulation is to improve the level of information about maritime CO2 emissions with respect to ships’ fuel consumption, transport work and energy efficiency. This will enable emissions trends and ship performance to be analysed. And in the longer term, the data gathered will allow the EU to “play an influential role in the negotiations within the International Maritime Organisation, with a view to finding ambitious solutions that combine environmental protection with development”, as Gian Luca Galletti, the Italian Environment Minister recently said.
At FleetMon we’re very proud to have been recently awarded the first-ever Digital Technology Prize at the annual Ludwig Bülkow Technology Awards ceremony. The significance of this award can be seen, not least, in its name giver. Ludwig Bülkow was an aeronautical pioneer whose many achievements included Germany’s first jet fighter and an innovative helicopter rotorhead. As Ludwig Bülkow was also a native of what is now Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, this German state decided to name its Technology Awards after one of its most famous sons.
News extract from the NDR report.