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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


Green Groups Urge Arctic Council Urged to Ban HFO

Supply ship. Photo: WWF-Canada

 Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem, reports  Canadian Press.   The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could


Recent Vessel Sales - January 2016

Vessel sales for January 2016 (as of February 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 1/27 - ASIAN TIDE - 7,365 - 08(8) - $1.3 1/20 - SHUEI - 19,968 - 12(4) - $9


Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe.   Joseph O’Connor was fined at the hearing in Southampton Magistrates Court February 12 following his guilty


Hapag-Lloyd Enhances Conosur Service

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Hapag-Lloyd has informed about its service enhancements on the Conosur Service (South America West Coast to South America East Coast). This is being upgraded by optimizing its fleet and will herewith enhance our high quality service to you.


NTSB Releases El Faro Images & Video

Distant view of detached El Faro navigation bridge (Photo: NTSB)

Subsea images and video released as part of NTSB public docket on investigation into the sinking of U.S. cargo ship El Faro. Underwater video and images of the sunken cargo ship EL Faro have been released by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as part of its continuing


Troy Container Lines Secures Rotterdam Agent

American-owned NVOCC Troy Container Line announced it has secured a new agent partnership agreement with Rotterdam-based NVOCC NVO Consolidation for both LCL and FCL import and export consolidation services.   “NVO Consolidation has an all-star team of logistics professionals from the


Star Bulk Offloads Four Capesize Vessels

Pic: Star Bulk Carriers

 Star Bulk Carriers has entered into agreements to sell four newbuilding Capesize vessels to unaffiliated third parties for an aggregate gross price of $148mln.   The vessels are currently under construction in China at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.  


NASSCO Makes Three Lead Deliveries in 2015

Isla Bella (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered three lead ships in 2015: USNS Lewis B. Puller, the Isla Bella and the Lone Star State. Each vessel represents three new and separate ship classes and highlights the builder’s diverse portfolio of commercial and government


Drydocks World Earns Five Star Safety Grading

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Drydocks World, an international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors, announced it has received a five star rating from the British Safety Council for the Occupational Health and Safety.  The company underwent a detailed


Piracy Surges in South East Asia

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 The surge of piracy in South-East Asia waters continues as ships passing the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are falling victim to acts of piracy, says Clyde & Co.   Whilst Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia operate anti-piracy patrols in the area, it has limited resources


All-electric Paddlewheeler Tours Texas Lake

Lone Star (Photo: Torqeedo)

Winding its way through downtown Austin, Texas, is scenic Lady Bird Lake, a gas-restricted reservoir of the Colorado River. Lone Star Riverboat Cruises guides visitors through the picturesque surroundings in Lone Star, a 75-foot double-decked paddlewheel


Iran-Venezuela Oil Tanker Deal Hit by Sanctions Snags

An agreement to build oil tankers in Iran for Venezuela has been left in limbo years after it was announced as Western sanctions plus disagreements over payments and delivery terms took their toll, sources familiar with the matter say.  


Lowrance Debuts Elite Ti Series Fishfinder/Chartplotters

Lowrance Elite Ti Series FishfinderChartplotters

 Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the release of a new, premium Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. The Lowrance Elite-5 and Elite-7 Ti touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotters offer anglers high-performance at an incredible


Kongsberg Installs CCTV System for USCG Icebreaker

USCGC Polar Star (Photo: USCG)

Kongsberg Maritime has delivered a complete new CCTV system to the U.S. Coast Guard for its heavy icebreaker vessel Polar Star (WAGB-10). The delivery follows a CCTV System upgrade on Polar Star’s sister vessel, the USCGC Healy Polar Ice Breaker, in 2013.


Star Bulk to sell Capesize for $ 37 mln

Courtesy Star Bulk

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to sell ex yard a newbuilding resale Capesize vessel under construction in Japan to unaffiliated third parties (the






 
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