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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.


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


TGS Hires Polarcus for Europe

Polarcus Alima. Photo: Polarcus DMCC

 Polarcus has received a letter of award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a marine seismic data acquisition specialist, for acquisition of 30,000 square kilometers of 3D multi-client data in Europe.   Approximately 20,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2017 utilizing two Polarcus vessels and its innovative XArray(TM) multiple source acquisition method to deliver extremely efficient, high quality broadband data.   


Star Bulk Carriers Announces Private Placement

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 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 6,310,272 common shares, at a price of $8.154 per share.    The aggregate proceeds to Star Bulk, net of underwriting fees and offering expenses, were approximately $50.6 million


W. Africa Crude-Asian Tenders, Pending Export Plans Slow Trade

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Physical trading in West Africa was muted as the market awaited tender results and the April-loading Angolan crude oil export plan.   * The benchmark oil prices on which West Africa crude oil trades retraced some of Monday's losses as confidence in OPEC's cut plan rose.


IMO Secretary-General Visits Antarctica

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim experienced polar conditions at first hand during a recent visit to Antarctica (8-12 February).    Shipping in waters surrounding the two poles has increased in recent years


Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Low in January

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The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Friday, while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a January record. "The missing ice in both poles has been quite


Hapag-Lloyd's Hanseatic to Remain in Fleet Until September 2018

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

 The popular five-star expedition ship, the MS HANSEATIC is set to remain in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet for six more months, until the end of September 2018.    The first of the Germany-based cruise provider’s two new expedition ships will be launching in April 2019


Security Council lifts N. Korea Sanctions on five ships

The United Nations Security Council said on Saturday it had lifted sanctions on five ships that were blacklisted in March for ties to North Korea's arms trade. The ships were among 31 vessels sanctioned by the 15-member council on March 2 because they were linked to Ocean Maritime Management


Evac Systems Ordered for ‘Global Class’ Cruise Ships

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 German shipyard MV WERFTEN, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, said it will install the Evac Complete Cleantech Solution on board two new Global Class ships for Asia-Pacific cruise line Star Cruises. The contract also covers two optional cruise vessels of the same class in the


Arctic Warms Up

A stone inukshuk on the hillside above Qaanaaq is still in the shade as the first light of dawn catches the icebergs in the frozen fjord. Image courtesy Andy Mahoney. Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center

 Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking heatwave.   The surging warmth in the past two months has already left scientists jittery


Arctic Discovery Shocks Scientists

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 A report from the Washington Post described how high Arctic temperatures had risen by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit last month, coinciding with record-low sea ice levels.   Scientists have just discovered something int he Arctic that could totally change how they see the drastically


Five Rescued Near Columbia River Entrance

The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Ballad acted as good Samaritans and rescued five fellow commercial fishermen after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, Ore., sank near the entrance to the Columbia River, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan commercial fishing crew rescued five people from the water after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning.


ABB Propulsion, Automation and Software for Five Cruise Ships

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ABB will supply the complete power, propulsion and automation package for a series of new cruise vessels being built by MV WERFTEN for Genting Hong Kong brands Crystal Cruises and Star Cruises.   The three Crystal Cruises’ luxury “Endeavor Class” mega-yachts will feature a


Genting Deal Largest in Evac History

“Global Class” cruise vessel (Image: Evac)

Evac said it will supply Complete Cleantech Solutions for two Global class cruise ships for Genting Hong Kong’s Star Lines.   The two 201,000-gross-ton vessels will be built by the German shipyard MV Werften for deliveries in 2020 and 2021


Polar Star Arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea. By carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice


Regulating Polar Shipping

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim today (23 January) spoke to delegates at the Arctic Frontiers conference about new regulations for ships operating in polar waters.    With more and more ships navigating in polar waters


Star Bulk Carriers Raises $51.5mln

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 Star Bulk Carriers Corp announced the execution of agreements with affiliates of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Senator Investment Group LP to sell Oaktree and Senator an aggregate of 6,310,272 of its common shares, at a purchase price of $8.154 per share.   






 
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