XII.4 FleetMon Explorer


Created by FleetMon, a company that provides live vessel tracking, this visualization animates a week of ship traffic on the seven seas as seen from space. The movements of hundreds of thousands of vessels were captured using shore and satellite-based tracking data from FleetMon and its partner, Luxspace.

Many cargo ships, tankers, ferries, cruise ships, yachts, and tugs carry transponders that transmit their locations. That data is then made available to amateur ship spotters and maritime businesses alike through the interactive FleetMon Explorer tool. Using the tool, you can follow the flow of jet fuel and agricultural commodities around the globe, track a fleet of cruise ships in real time, or monitor traffic at ports around the world.

Learn more about FleetMon Explorer at http://www.fleetmon.com/services/live-tracking/fleetmon-explorer.


FleetMon. 2016. Home Page. Accessed November 28, 2016. https://www.fleetmon.com.

FleetMon. 2012. FleetMon Explorer. Courtesy of FleetMon. In “12th Iteration (2016): Macroscopes for Making Sense of Science, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record. http://scimaps.org.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.