Pole Star Unveils Fleet Management Functionality Tool

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pole Star Industry Zones assists regulatory compliance and improves risk management.Ship tracking specialist unveils new functionality to simplify compliance and improve security visibility for Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced customers.

Pole Star Space Applications, the leading provider of fleet management, ship security and asset monitoring solutions, has launched Industry Zones, adding a new layer of safety and security functionality to its Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced products. Industry Zones enables Pole Star users to select from a series of pre-defined areas that carry additional environmental regulatory requirements or security risks and apply them to their voyage management and reporting procedures. Industry Zones provides automatic notification when a vessel enters and exits the pre-defined zone and can be configured to increase frequency of reporting while in the zone.

With regulatory reporting requirements increasing and maritime piracy acknowledged as a long-term problem, Pole Star’s vessel tracking and reporting tools are a crucial link between ship and shore, putting voyage risk management of a complete fleet into the hands of users on a single screen. Paul Morter, Pole Star Director of Sales said: “Shipowners today face both increased security threats and a greater regulatory burden, so there is a need to simplify compliance while at the same time sharpening security monitoring. To manage these issues effectively they need tools that bring together all the information needed for voyage planning and execution. Pole Star Industry Zones provides that functionality within a proven and widely-adopted system and in a single screen view, vessel by vessel, across a whole fleet.”

In addition to entry and exit alerts, Fleet Management users can receive automatically-increased frequency of reporting via email or SMS while the ship remains in a selected zone. SSAS Alert Advanced users receive automatic entry and exit notification and ships can be polled on demand for latest position reports. Pre-defined security zones include the UKMTO and the International Recognised Transit Corridor as well as designated War Risk zones for insurance purposes. Environmental zones include five MARPOL Special Areas: Annex I (discharge of oil and oily mixtures from machinery and cargo spaces), Annex II (discharge of noxious liquid substances), Annex IV (discharge of sewage), Annex V (discharge of garbage) and Annex VI (NOx & SOx Emission Control Areas) as well as Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.

In addition, users of both products can establish their own Geo-Zones to provide a similar level of notification on their own chosen criteria, such as proximity to a specific coastline, potentially congested waters or an area of known bad weather. Once the Geo-Zone is established, users can create notifications to alert selected users via email/SMS when a vessel reports a position on entering, exiting and inside the zone. Pole Star Fleet Management provides a robust, independent asset monitoring and management system which supports remote voyage risk management. Fleet Management provides complete visibility of assets on one screen, supporting more efficient voyage execution, measurable savings in fuel costs and more precise off-hire calculations.

Pole Star’s SOLAS-compliant SSAS Alert Advanced system is designed to operate for both routine and specific incident monitoring, providing ship crews with a vital link to the Company Security Officer with real-time alerts and visibility on ship position and status.

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