Category "Updates"

Tag your vessels, organize your fleet list!

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FleetMon’s My Fleet list is a great way to keep track of the ships you are interested in. My Fleet provides you with a fleet position overview at a glance on the map, both in your browser or on your mobile. And what’s more, the FleetMon start page and the daily e-mail report give you a concise summary of what has happened overnight in your “fleet”.

So, now you started collecting all ships of interest in your My Fleet – excellent! The FleetMon Pro and Unlimited accounts have plenty of space for you. But how to stay organized as your list grows?

We just introduced the My Fleet tag system for this purpose, which lets you sort and categories all entries in your list in a most flexible way:

  • Agents and suppliers: Organize your list by client, by status, by port of call, by week of arrival, …
  • Brokers: Organize by owner, type, tonnage, probability, interests, …
  • Ship spotters and ship lovers: Your favorite coasters from the 1980ies, Icelandic fisher boats, Swedish Navy Ships, …
  • Ship managers: Organize your fleet by type, by charterer, by department, by size, by year of built, … – and why not keep a list of competitor X and competitor Y?

You name it, everything is possible. You can assign the same ship to multiple tags; and multiple ships to the same tag.
The tag system adopts perfectly to the way YOU think and work.

Here is how:

Add tags when adding a vessel to your watchlist…


…so you can easily filter your My Fleet for those ships you are interested in.


Edit and assign tags from within My Fleet by clicking the “tag” icon in the rightmost column. FleetMon suggests tags that you are already using so that you don’t have to repeat yourself.


Now, go ahead, try the new organization system and make it part of your everyday work!

Don’t hesitate to let us have your comments and wishes, we are always happy to hear your feedback.

Get well soon, Emma Maersk!

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At the beginning of February 2013 the queen of container vessels, Emma Maersk –  one of the largest cargo ships in the word, had to break off its voyage to Asia. Being in the waters of the Suez Canal the danish ship sustained damages to the main engine due to inrushing water. Fortunately, there was no real danger of sinking and no pollution reported.

The ship was initially evacuated to the quay at Suez Canal Container Terminal and several investigations were held. Its seems that the leakage was caused by a failure of the stern thruster propeller blades that cracked the ship’s hull and resulted in the flooding of the engine room.

In the meanwhile Emma Maersk was towed to Sicily island and is moored in Palermo since the 25th of February. In accordance to the owner Maersk Line it is probably a matter of months before the vessel can enter into service again.

Detailed information about the accident as well as several screenshots showing the transfer of Emma Maersk are available in the ship’s wiki section, which you can find on the bottom of the datasheet.

emma evacuation

emma evacuation 2

FleetMon AIS as a highlight in tourism

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That’s how you are welcomed by the Friesendorff family in their venerable captain’s house Klar Kimming, built in 1927. This friendly holiday resort is located on Amrum, one of the largest islands of the North Frisian Islands in Germany.

With its comfortable rooms, relaxing Spa and picturesque sights Klar Kimmimg conquered already the hearts of many tourists. And with the help of FleetMon an unique highlight can be offered to its visitors:

The ships that guests can see on the horizon are shown and identified on a TV screen directly in the captain’s house. Klar Kimming, located on a hill, has a great view onto the sea and thus is an ideal host of a FleetMon AIS station. With this AIS station the marine traffic can be captured and  presented in real-time. So the visitors can see on the screen when the next ferry is approaching the port.

We are grateful to the Friesendorff family for supporting FleetMon and are sure that the display of local maritime traffic is a valuable source of information and entertainment for the residents and guests of Klar Kimming.
The FleetMon’s users can keep track of the maritime events around Amrum island using FleetMon Explorer.

Amrum 2

Brand-new AIDAstella is coming to Warnemuende!

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Tommorow’s Saturday promises to be exciting: the latest new build of AIDA, the AIDAstella is on its way to Warnemuende! The large ship’s christening ceremony will take place here on 16th of March. The stunning vessel with its kissing mouth at the bow will proudly pass the snow-covered pier heads and will be moored at about 9 am on Saturday in the Warnemuende Cruise Center.

So just prepare your cameras and be ready to sail away from your place directly to Warnemuende! A celebratory programme full of interesting events will be waiting for you and the AIDAstella’s fans. The most impressive highlight will be the christening moment with breaking a bottle of champagne at 7:30 pm. Afterwards AIDAstella will be shining in the bright colors of an amazing firework!

AIDAstella will start its 14-days maiden voyage the following day at 8 pm. It will head for Oslo, Southampton, Paris and Amsterdam. Everyone who is not so fortunate to have a voyage booked on board the cruise ship can follow the AIDAstella directly on FleetMon.



It’s here: FleetMon mobile for Android!

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We’ve listened to your wishes and developed a new version of FleetMon for all mobile devices!
FleetMon mobile for Android devices has just been delivered to the Google Play Store.

The app passed all sea trials and provides you with traffic displays from all around the globe. Use the ship and port search to look up ship positions, their particulars and schedules. Your My Fleet list is synchronized with the website so you can keep track of your favorite ships. And guess what: the app is free of charge!

Download now, enjoy mobile tracking with FleetMon and let us know how you like it!

20130306_blog_fmmobileAndroid app on Google Play

By the way, FleetMon mobile will run on almost all smartphone platforms.

More food for developers: extended vessel data API

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With the FleetMon API, software developers can connect their own applications easily to Fleetmon’s live ship position data, enabling them to build own solutions as well as integrate with existing IT systems and logistics solutions.

The API service is available out-of-the-box to any regular FleetMon user, giving access to a great ressource of real-time shipping data to any interested application developer.

Now, by popular demand, we introduced new API functions that will take this outstanding approach one big step further:

The new Generic Vessel API provides direct programmatic access to 100’000s of vessels from the FleetMon Vessel Database, including AIS positions, detailed ship types, port call history, destination and estimated time of arrival. Vessels can be looked up easily by their IMO and MMSI registration numbers, or by name.

Plus, the Weather and Sea State API delivers current weather and sea state data for any given coordinate (laitude/longitude). Emphasis is on data useful for marine applications; response data fields include wind speed and direction as well as wave height, period and direction.

The API delivers data both in XML or JSON format, whichever is preferred. An example is shown here:

AIS ship position and value-added data in JSON or XML

FleetMon Generic API example, delivering AIS ship position and value-added data in JSON or XML

Maybe today you want to query 10 vessels, maybe tomorrow 2000, maybe next week none at all. We know it is hard to estimate how much your application will need. At the same time, you need to be sure that your solution can scale with demand. That’s why we now introduce flexible pay-per-use billing with a Credit Point system:

This way developers pay just for what their applications actually consume. There’s no advance commitment when designing and experimenting with new applications, and there’s a smooth path from prototype to going live.

So start today with the new API and leverage FleetMon’s extensive vessel data for your present and future projects. Our API page has all the information you need to get started. Also, check our introductory post on the Personal API for some more basics.

Would you like to play around a little to get inspired? Just send us a message and we will give you some free Credit Points to waste!

Don’t hesitate to share your questions and comments with us. We will be glad to assist with any issues and are looking forward to your feedback.

Your daily dose of FleetMon: The “My Fleet” report

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Are you visiting often to look up your ships’ whereabouts? That’s great, you are welcome! But now FleetMon will also come over to you: Just switch on the new “Daily My Fleet Report”, and you will get a fresh status update in your e-mail inbox every day. Read it on your mobile in the morning and be up-to-date when you arrive at work, or print it out to have a concise overview for meetings.


The report e-mail not only shows the current location of your ships, but also highlights all important events that happened in the last 24 hours, like port calls, vessels leaving port, or changes in destination and estimated time of arrival.

To receive a daily e-mail with status and events of your fleet, just head over to your “My Fleet” page and enable this function. You can set the time of day when the report should be sent.

Daily "My Fleet" Report on your mobile

Daily “My Fleet” Report – read it on your mobile!

A Happy New Year 2013

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The whole team here at FleetMon wishes you a Happy New Year 2013! Thanks so much for using FleetMon and for supporting us with your valuable feedback over the last year. We’re looking forward with you to on exciting FleetMon year!



Helping Santa and the Kids is just a great thing to do.


We’re especially happy to announce our most recent reference customer: Santa Claus. Santa uses our recent Satellite Tracking while delivering presents around the world ;-)

We wish you a great time with friends and family and a Happy New Year!

Heavy seas on FleetMon Explorer

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FleetMon Explorer now gives you quick and detailed information on current weather and sea state conditions anywhere on the globe. We introduced new information layers on

  • wind speed and direction,
  • swell wave height and direction,
  • direction and speed of oceanic currents

which can all be displayed together with live real-time ship movements, on top of satellite maps or nautical charts.

Current wind situation on the Northern Atlantic

Current wind situation on the Northern Atlantic

MEDI VITORIA passing Azores with destination Philadelphia

MEDI VITORIA passing Azores with destination Philadelphia

Knowledge of sea state and currents help you in voyage planning, alternative routing and fuel saving. The new functions enable you to analyze a vessel’s behavior with consideration to the conditions it is in.

Enhance your situation awareness with the new maps. Be informed about areas with heavy seas. Keep an eye on hurricances, typhoons and cyclones, their impact and development, right together with your fleet’s positions, in one software tool.

Cyclone "Evan" is leaving Fiji Islands...

Cyclone “Evan” is leaving Fiji Islands…

...and leaves heavy seas southeastern of the island

…and leaves heavy seas southeastern of the island

Ocean currents in the Southern Pacific are heavily influenced by the cyclone, too.

Ocean currents in the Southern Pacific are heavily influenced by the cyclone, too.

MINERAL NEW YORK steaming against the Agulhas Current

MINERAL NEW YORK steaming against the Agulhas Current

The wind and sea state service is available for subscribers to the Pro and Unlimited plans (Pro: wind only). For further details, see our Plans & Prices page. Use the buttons “wind”, “wave” and “currents” within FleetMon Explorer to toggle the respective map layers.

With our sister product FleetMon Satellite Tracking, fleet managers can leverage the full potential of FleetMon’s extensive environmental information for their fleet: FleetMon Satellite Tracking offers weather and sea state both in review and forecast. Additionally, detailed environment data is available for review with any past voyage.

HONG FU waiting in winds off Portland

HONG FU waiting in winds off Portland

BIT REDO passing Dover strait with the stream

BIT REDO passing Dover strait with the stream