Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Amver and Pole Star short listed for Lloyd's List Innovation Award

Amver, the voluntary global search and rescue system sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, and Pole Star, a supplier of marine asset tracking systems, have been short listed for the prestigious Lloyd's List Innovation award for their life saving information sharing agreement. The award will be presented a the Lloyd's List Global Awards at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 8, 2009.

How does it work?

Shipping companies that subscribe to Pole Star's Fleet Management service can elect to have their vessel position reports forwarded to the Amver system automatically and at no cost.


The benefits to the arrangement are obvious. Since initiating the program the number of Amver messages received from Pole star has increased from approximately 175 vessel reports a year to over 700 a day. This incredible influx of position reports has driven the average number of Amver vessels available for search and rescue to over 3,600 a day.

"This innovative agreement leverages technology to automate information sharing and increase the number of vessels available, with the cumulative effect of a more robust volunteer safety network that saves lives by providing timely assistance to mariners in distress. I congratulate Pole Star and Amver on their collaborative efforts," said United States Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen.

"We are very pleased with the Commandant's recognition of our efforts," said Pole Star CEO David Plumer, "We have worked with Amver for a number of years and are very proud of our association with an organization dedicated to saving lives at sea. We are delighted that Pole Star technology is able to make a significant contribution to marine safety."

You can enroll your vessel in the Amver system here. You can learn more about Pole Star's Fleet Management service here.

Are you a Pole Star Fleet Management subscriber? Tell us what you think.

Photo credit: Lloyd's List

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