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Smooth Sailing for Pole Star and Absolute

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Newly merged company will track and monitor half the world’s ships. Pole Star Space Applications Limited (“Pole Star”), Absolute Software Inc. and Absolute Maritime Tracking Services Inc. (“Absolute”) today announced that the merger of the three organisations has been completed.  The enlarged global business, headquartered in West London, will provide a combination of monitoring and security related services to more than 35,000 vessels - half the world’s international fleet. Combining Pole Star’s award-winning expertise in systems for commercial fleets, flags and maritime administrations with Absolute’s proven credentials in fisheries management, together with its services to flags and maritime administrations, the enlarged organisation will offer cutting-edge technology to the maritime industry as a whole. The merged company will now operate Long-Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT) data centres for 40 maritime administrations including Panama, Singapore, the Marshall Islands, Liberia, Australia, and Canada; as well as providing LRIT Conformance Testing and Certification for more than 90 Flags.  In addition, the combined company’s increased technology resources will enable the group to deliver superior, cutting edge products more quickly to its customers.


Pole Star & Mackay Sign Distributorship Agreement

Mackay Communications joins Pole Star’s wide marine market network of approved distributors. Mackay will offer Pole Star’s portfolio of products and services including Fleet Management, Alert Advanced Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), Marine Asset Tracker (MAT), and LRIT conformance testing services to their customer base throughout North America. “We are extremely pleased to formalize the relationship with Mackay,” commented Duncan Halliday


Radio Holland Signs with Pole Star for LRIT Testing


USCG Approves CLS Thorium Terminal for LRIT

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) and Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has type-approved the CLS Thorium terminal for Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT). The type approval clears the way for CLS America, a subsidiary of CLS, to equip ships sailing under the U.S. flag to comply with the international LRIT carriage requirements. Pole Star, the U.S. LRIT Application Service Provider (ASP)


Pole Star Appoints Andrew Peters CEO

Pole Star, fleet managers, ship security & vessel monitoring providers, appoint Andrew Peters as compsny Chief Executive Officer. The appointment follows the retirement of interim CEO, Colin Hook, who will continue to serve as a non-executive director of the board. Andrew Peters, previously CEO of Telefonica UK and Deutsche Telekom Ltd, takes the helm as Pole Star embarks on an ambitious strategy to launch new services


North Pole: The Latest Tourist Trap

Dennis Bryant

On August 16, 2015, the geographic North Pole was visited by a Russian surface ship for the one-hundredth time. The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) carried 106 tourists from 16 different countries. This was the icebreaker’s seventh cruise to the Pole just this season. Each voyage takes just less than two weeks round trip, and that includes a full day of partying at the top of the world


Star Maritime Announces Results of Stockholders Meeting

Star Maritime Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation, announced that at its special meeting of stockholders held yesterday, its stockholders voted to approve by an overwhelming majority the acquisition by Star Maritime's wholly-owned Marshall Islands subsidiary, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. of eight drybulk carriers from subsidiaries of TMT Co., Ltd. and the merger of Star Maritime with and into Star Bulk, with Star Bulk as the surviving corporation.


Star Bulk Expands Fleet

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the M/V Nord Wave, to be renamed the M/V Star Omicron, a Supramax bulk carrier of 53,489 dwt, built in 2005 in , for $72m. The vessel will be financed through a combination of company cash and bank debt. The M/V Star Omicron, is scheduled to be delivered to Star Bulk within April 2008. It has been acquired charter-free and Star Bulk intents to secure the vessel under time-charter employment prior to


Russian Arctic Scientists to be Evacuated

The icebreaker “Kapitan Dranitsyn” left Murmansk on August 4th to pick up equipment and personnel from the floating research station “North Pole-2015”

  An icebreaker sailed from Murmansk yesterday to pick up 17 scientists after four months on an ice floe near the North Pole. The icebreaker “Kapitan Dranitsyn” left Murmansk on August 4th to pick up equipment and personnel from the floating research station “North Pole-2015”. The planned evacuation will take about two weeks, and the icebreaker is expected to return to Murmansk in mid-August, TASS reports.


US Navy Sub Completes Arctic Deployment

The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. (U.S. Navy photo)

Fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton August 21, following a six-month Arctic deployment during which it conducted routine submarine operations, including under-ice transits and under-ice operations.    "The crew performed superbly on multiple operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility," said Cmdr. Jeff Bierley, Seawolf's commanding officer, from Birmingham, Alabama


Star Software Implemented Aboard Universal Marine Bulkers

Photo: MirTac

Container and bulk shipping company Universal Marine and MirTac, a provider of fleet management solutions, have implemented Star Fleet Management software onboard the new bulk carriers mv Pride and mv Star II. Recently, a joint venture between Universal Shipping & Trading (part of the


SUNY Maritime Midshipmen Receive Naval Commissions

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

Last week, 24 midshipmen received commissions to become ensigns in the U.S. Navy at SUNY Maritime College.   More than half of the students were selected for duty as strategic sealift officers, who provide logistical and other forms of support in times of military deployment


Genting HK Orders 10 Cruise Ships Worth $4 bln

Genting chairman Lim Kok Thay, third from left, at Wismar, Germany at the signing ceremony for the fleet order. Photo: Genting Hong Kong

 Genting Hong Kong, a unit of Malaysia's gaming giant Genting, is building 10 cruise ships worth 3.5 billion euros ($4 billion) in anticipation of higher demand from the Chinese market.   Genting has signed an order for 10 ships with the Lloyd Werft Group


Cyclone Roanu kills 21 in Bangladesh

Courtesy AccuWeather

A cyclone battered coastal Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and injuring many more, but has now weakened into a depression that the weather office said could still bring brief periods of violent wind or rain. Authorities in low-lying Bangladesh have moved about 500


MSC Introduce 'Lone Star Express' and 'Amberjack' to the Transpacific Trade

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Swiss headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced two new services alled the ‘Lone Star Express’ which will operate between Asia and the US Gulf.    This new service will become a new Gateway to/from the US Gulf in anticipation of increased demand


Houston First Port of Call for Asian Service

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 In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia.  


Heavy Lift: Topside Module Delivered for Yadana Gas Field

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SapuraAcergy awarded BigLift Shipping the transportation contract for a wellhead production topside module for the offshore Yadana gas field, off Myanmar. BigLift loaded the module in Ulsan, Korea, and transported it to the Yadana field, where SapuraAcergy’s S3000 would lift it off and


Atlantic Sail Hits the Water

Atlantic Sail. Photo: Atlantic Container Line

 Atlantic Container Line (ACL) took delivery of Atlantic Sail last week, the second of five new conro (container and roll-on/roll-off) - new G4 generation vessels - ships the company is building as part of its fleet renewal process.  


New Container Service Starting in Houston

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

In anticipation of increased opportunities for inbound consumer goods and outbound industrial commodities, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have joined forces to operate a new direct all-water container service between the U.S Gulf and Asia.  


Bets Are off for Stranded Hong Kong Casino Ship and Forlorn Crew

Captain Valerie Lyzhyn and his 45 crew are stranded in Hong Kong, big losers in a gambling slump triggered by a Chinese crackdown on corruption that has scared off the high-rollers.   Lyzhyn, 62, a Russian-born Ukrainian and veteran seaman, and his colleagues


CMAXS Installed on Two Rosy Star Ocean Vessel Management Ships

Photo: Class NK

ClassNK Consulting Service’s software solutions ClassNK CMAXS PMS and ClassNK CMAXS SPICS have just been installed on two ships managed by Manila-based Rosy Star Ocean Vessels Management Co., Inc., marking the first adoption by clients outside of Japan.


Nauta Yard Cuts First Steel for Trawler Newbuild

Photo: Nauta Shipyard

Newbuilding Department of Nauta Shipyard has begun construction of fully equipped fishing vessel - Ocean Star with a steel cutting ceremony held on April 26. The ceremony was attended by representatives of shipowner, DnV and Warthill Design .


ACR to Debut Pathfinder PRO SART at OTC

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An important addition to any commercial vessel’s survival gear kit, the Pathfinder PRO SART is introduced by ACR Electronics, Inc. at this year’s OTC. The new search and rescue transponder expands the broad range of commercial maritime survival products offered by ACR


China Equipments to Yamal LNG

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 The first shipment of a ‘core kit’ for Russia’s Yamal LNG project has set sail for northern Russia from the Chinese port of Qingdao.   China's first batch of two air cooled condensing modules of LNG project are the biggest and heaviest kits being used for the project


This Day In Naval History: May 9

USS Ashland (LSD 48) (U.S. Navy photo)

1860 - While off the Isle of Pines (now named Isla de la Juventud) near the south coast of Cuba, the screw gunboat Wyandotte captures the slaver William, which carries 570 Africans. 1926 - Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their






 
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