Last Friday, our second community meeting took place in Hamburg, Finkenwerder. We have invited all active ship spotters and AIS partners in the area to a maritime restaurant with the best view of the vessel traffic on the Elbe. Anyone who knows the mentality of ship photographers can certainly imagine that the camera doesn’t have to be missing at such an event. Some of our guests snapped ships as well that evening.
In December 2019, the FleetMon Community Meeting took place for the first time, and many users took part. Unfortunately, the event had to be canceled last year due to the pandemic. For FleetMon, such a meeting offers the ideal setting to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere in personal contact with our users and the community of our platform. We want to improve the user experience and further develop FleetMon.com to meet the users’ needs.
In 2021, numerous guests from Hamburg and northern Germany joined the event to talk to Juliane and Sebastian from the AIS team, Steffi handling the Support at FleetMon, and other colleagues to exchange and share experiences. The FleetMon team received valuable insights into how the ship spotters use our platform. In a personal exchange with the community, new ideas arose about how to improve FleetMon.com. Bit by bit, we will tackle a redesign of the community area with a range of new features which are more in line with user requirements.
To everyone who participated in the event: It was very nice to meet you in person! The whole team had a lot of fun with you guys that day. Thank you for your time and input.
We hope to meet you soon for the next FleetMon Community Event.
Just reach out to us at any time to come back with ideas, suggestions, and further feedback.
The accident of the large container freighter “Ever Given” (IMO 9811000) on March 23, 2021 in the Suez Canal will keep the global shipping industry busy for years to come. Many questions remain unanswered: Could an accident like this have happened in northern Germany, for example on the Elbe at the gates of the port of Hamburg? Or: What should be done to quickly remove a blockage? Hans von Wecheln, maritime consultant from Husum, shared his ideas with THB (Täglicher Hafenbericht) and FleetMon. We publish the letter with the kind approval of the THB chief editor.
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.
SMM, the world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry takes place from September 6th to 9th in Hamburg, Germany.
With the presence of almost every relevant industry player, the show is the perfect venue for spotting new trends, developing new business contacts, and interacting with leaders in the maritime sector.
FleetMon will be present at this top event for the international maritime industry. If you plan on attending, we would like to take the opportunity to get to know you and your company during the SMM.
[+] new AIS antenna: Maledives, Malé [+] new AIS antenna: Portugal, Lisbon [+] new AIS antenna: USA, Jacksonville, Florida [*] stronger, more reliable AIS stations in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg
… and many more to come in the next weeks, watch out!
[+] new Live Reports feature: Quickly report on ship accidents, irregularities and events of common interest! Let the world now what’s going on in just a second. Report positions outside AIS coverage. It’s twittering for Digital Seas! [+] new “DS Vessel Search” plugin for Firefox: search for vessels like you do on Google! [*] improved overall image quality, sorting out wrongly assigned images with the help of our tirelessly working Image Admin team [*] improved member profile page: all contributions in a single compact view
Grey and rainy days here in Germany, good times to go outside, climb on roofs and mount some antennas. With the help of Jan and Thomas the installation was done in only two hours.With our own AIS station right in the middle of…
Grey and rainy days here in Germany, good times to go outside, climb on roofs and mount some antennas. With the help of Jan and Thomas the installation was done in only two hours. With our own AIS station right in the middle of Hamburg it is now possible for us to release the vessel traffic of this important German Port to the Public. Lot of ship-traffic to watch, use our viewer Fleetmon to get a real live impression. No delays inside , pure joy, 24/7/365.
We did really liked this day a lot, thanks Akira ! Try here: Port of Hamburg