Category "Trends"

Green shipping – yet another corona victim?

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Global traffic density of cargo vessels, tankers, and bulk carriers being responsible for around three-quarters of all maritime emissions.

Are climate protection measures an unaffordable luxury in a recession? Read about the effects of the corona crisis on global green shipping attempts.

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Corona crisis – visible in global vessel activity yet?

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We used FleetMon’s historical AIS data to investigate irregularities year-over-year regarding vessel activity and maritime traffic at the Chinese coast and other crucial waterways related to Coronavirus spreading. Part 1/2

  • Vessel activity at Chinese Coast drops every year around Lunar New Year
  • In 2020: the drop lasts 6 weeks instead of 2 to 3 weeks due to Corona crisis
  • FleetMon investigated on the vessel activity of principal waterways via historical AIS data
  • No Coronavirus-related reduction in global vessel activity visible yet
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Driving Transparency in maritime CO2 emission reporting

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FleetMon collaborates with worldwide logistics and shipping companies as well as with federal ministries, port authorities, and independent research institutes. Our extensive network, combined with over 13 years of experience, reveals our expertise and deep insights in vessel tracking and the shipping industry. Of course, FleetMon is aware of Greenhouse gas emissions debate and various parties’ viewpoints concerning the shipping industry’s effects on climate change and worldwide environmental pollution. Rather than to talk, FleetMon actively contributes to supporting transparency of CO2 emissions caused by commercial shipping. 

Research project EmissionSEA

In March 2019, FleetMon published a press release about EmissionSEA (EMS), a significant research project. EmissionSEA is funded with around 1.5 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Since 2016, BMVI has been supporting Research & Development projects related to digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0 with a research initiative called mFUND. Besides EMS, various inspiring projects to innovate future Mobility are part of mFUND.Read more…

Risky Manoeuvre: Giant Midship of world’s largest cruise liner “Global Dream” undertakes 80 km journey

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The world’s largest ever cruise ship is recently being built in Germany.
Keel laying has been celebrated in September 2018. Today the huge midship started its’ journey from Rostock to Wismar. The midship body is 57 metres high and has been constructed in the dockyard of Rostock Warnemünde. The local newspaper “Ostseezeitung” installed a Live stream for enthusiasts to follow the progress of the transfer, just to point out the meaning of the event.

Since this happens right in front of FleetMon’s main office, we are all excited about the view.
You can be part of the event and take a look at the huge cruise liner “Global Dream” using FleetMon’s Explorer ;).

The “GLOBAL DREAM” at   simply click on “start live tracking”

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In the upcoming hours the enormous segment will leave the dock, change direction and carefully move into the dockyard of Wismar. Start of the transport manoeuvre was planned for Friday (22.11.2019), 10 am and happened on schedule. According to plan the construction segment will arrive in the dockyard of Wismar on Saturday (23.11.2019) at 3 pm. Time of arrival will depend on local wind and weather conditions though. The distance between the Rostock Warnemünde and Wismar measures approximately 80 km by sea route. A total of six tugboats is needed to pull the midship out of the dockyard area. After leaving the dockyard the huge object needs to change direction. Afterwards the massive construction part is moved towards Wismar with an average speed of 2 knots.

The conveyance is regarded as a huge historical event due to the giant measures of the segment being 220 m long. Referring to MV Werften the event is a huge challenge for all involved parties. Besides six tugboats, other specialized vessels, water police department and the department for waterways and vessel traffic in Stralsund are monitoring the manoeuvre. The journey of the midship is another step  towards finishing the world’s largest cruise ship called “Global Dream” in spring 2021.

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EmissionSEA: Assessment of CO2 emissions from ships 

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Yesterday all project members of the 1st status meeting of the research project EmissionSEA exchanged information about their previous work. Fraunhofer CML, Wismar University of Applied Sciences, DLR, JAKOTA Design Group and FleetMon are developing a software prototype based on AIS data that determines and evaluates the fuel consumption and thus the CO2 emissions of ships. Another goal is to measure performance in order to make the ships comparable with each other. This is because the CO2 emissions of the ships can be put in relation to the distance covered or the speed curve. By calculating an optimal route and speed, a target/actual comparison is possible, which results in an evaluation of the efficiency and performance of a ship. These values help shipping companies to compare their own fleet with the ships of other operators. The mFund project is scheduled to run until 31.12.2020 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport with around 1.5 million euros.

Why the project? Since 1 August 2018, shipping companies have been obliged to report their CO2 emissions to the EU. The first report is due in 2 weeks (1 April 2019). The reporting obligation applies to the entire voyage of ships sailing in and through European waters.

Yesterday the local television also visited FleetMon, our project manager Carsten Hilgenfeld explained and answered all the questions about the project. You can get a pictorial insight into the research project in the TV.Rostock Nachrichten. Probably tomorrow at 6 p.m. Switch on or visit their media library

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Vietnamese tanker bound for North Korea with gasoline cargo

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According to REUTERS, the Vietnamese tanker Viet Tan 01 – loaded with 2000 tons of gasoline – was on its way from Singapore via Taiwan to the port of Namp’o , North Korea. However, referring to the AIS messages the destination of the vessel is the small port city Daesan, South Korea. This information is unchanged since 2019-02-16. Due to sanctions by the United Nations, the delivery of refined petroleum products and crude oils is strongly restricted for North Korea.

On Monday, 2019-02-25 17:05 local time, a signal of the 104 meter in length tanker shows, that the vessel is heading towards the port of Namp’o. The next signal, received at 2019-02-27 13:00 local time, indicates, that the ship is going to leave the terminal in the port of Namp’o completely.

There were no position signals received during the two days while the ship was on the west coast of North Korea (see dashed line in the image). Three hours later, the vessel left the port area entirely and heading for the Yellow Sea with about 8 knots.

In the evening of the same day, about 19:40 local time, the tanker reached the north coast of the island Chosa Dong. On 2019-02-28 about 04:00 local time, the vessel stopped for the anchorage. It stayed there for 16 hours and finally moved in direction of the Yellow Sea.

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Der Vietnamesische Tanker Viet Tan 01 – mit 2000 Tonnen Benzin beladen – laut der Meldung von REUTERS, war von Singapur, über Taiwan nach Nordkorea (Namp’o) unterwegs. Sein Ziel ist laut Datenmeldung vom 16.02.2019 unverändert die kleine Hafenstadt Daesan in Südkorea. Aufgrund von Sanktionen, durch die Vereinten Nationen, ist Nordkorea stark eingeschränkt, was den Erhalt von raffinierten Mineralöl-Erzeugnissen und Rohölen angeht.

Am Montag, 25.02.2019, 17.05 Ortszeit wurde das letzte Signal des 104 langen Tankers empfangen. Offensichtlich fuhr das Schiff gen Hafen Namp’os. Erst zwei Tage später wurde ein weiteres Signal empfangen. Das war ca. 13 Uhr Ortszeit, als das Schiff das Terminal im Nordkoreanischen Namp’o verließ und schließlich 3 Stunden später dann das gesamte Hafengebiet komplett verließ. In diesen 2 Tagen gab es keine Positionsmeldungen für den Bereich der Westküste Nordkoreas (gestrichelte Linie in der Grafik).

Mit rund 8 Knoten bewegte sich das Schiff erneut Richtung Gelbes Meer. Am Abend des Mittwochs, 27.02.2019 gegen 19.40 Uhr Ortszeit erreichte der Tanker die Nordküste der Insel Chosa Dong. Auf Reede ging es ca. 4 Uhr morgens. 16 Stunden später fuhr es weiter Richtung Gelbes Meer.

Terminal Monitoring hilft Logistikketten zu optimieren

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Am Mittwoch, den 20.02.2019 waren unsere FleetMon-Mitarbeiter (Fleetmänner ;-) ) Carsten Hilgenfeld und Daniel Merkel zu Gast beim Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Lingen. Dieses ist Teil des Programms Mittelstand-Digital, welches vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie gefördert wird. Dabei wird u.a. die Branche der Maritimen Wirtschaft gezielt unterstützt.

Die Veranstaltung, organisiert von dem Unternehmen MARIKO GmbH und der Hochschule Emden/Leer – Fachbereich Seefahrt & Maritime Wissenschaften, beide Projektpartner des Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Lingen, haben zum Thema „AIS Daten innovativ einsetzen” geladen.

Carsten Hilgenfeld, als Leiter für Forschung und Entwicklung bei FleetMon tätig, hielt vor einem Fachpublikum aus der maritimen Wirtschaft einen Vortrag zum Thema: Beobachtung des Warenstroms von seltenen Erden für die Batterieproduktion. Im Fokus stand dabei die Vorstellung des Arbeitsfeldes Terminal Monitoring, welches FleetMon betreut. Insbesondere geht es dabei um die Überwachung von Seeterminals, an denen die Schiffe anlegen und ihre Waren, in dem Falle die seltenen Erden wie Kobalt, Lithium und Coltan, welche zur Herstellung der Autobatterien genutzt werden, auf- und abladen.

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Ölteppich vor Helgoland (free AIS-Data 16.-17.08.2018 Zone-Cut)

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Kiel. Am Freitag den 17.08. hatte ein Hubschrauber der Bundespolizei aus Fuhlendorf westlich von Helgoland eine 53 Kilometer lange und rund 300 Meter breite Ölspur entdeckt. Die genommenen Proben bestätigten laut Havariekommando den Verdacht, dass es sich bei dem illegal in die Nordsee abgelassenen Stoff um Schweröl handelte.

Was ist geschehen?
Wer möchte das Geschehen untersuchen?

Wir stellen hiermit die AIS-Daten für diesen Bereich in der Zeit vom 16.08. bis zum 17.08.2018 als CSV-Datei zur Verfügung.

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To LNG or not to LNG that is the question

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The naming ceremony for the latest TUI Cruises vessel, MEIN SCHIFF 1, took place during Hamburg’s annual port anniversary festivities on May 11. Built at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Finland, the latest addition to the TUI Cruises fleet is 316 metres long, 20 metres longer and with one deck higher than the four previous TUI cruise ships, and can accommodate up to 2,894 passengers. Pollutants from the ship’s emissions are being reduced by a hybrid scrubber and catalytic converters. With particulate emissions an increasingly controversial subject in the shipping industry, TUI Cruises has been criticised for its decision not to commission an LNG-powered cruise liner.


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