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Stellar Cosmo alarm monitoring system defect fixed

As first reported by Splash, the Stellar Cosmo has suffered a defect, but it has since been fixed and the Polaris Shipping-controlled ore carrier is now en route to Singapore to pick up bunkers and onwards to China to deliver a cargo of iron ore.

Polaris had denied that there was anything wrong with the 1992-built converted ore carrier, following Splash’s original report.

Polaris has come under fire following the sinking of another converted bulker, the Stellar Daisy on March 31 and the subsequent finding of a crack on another converted ore carrier, Stellar Unicorn.

“The alarm monitoring system did experience a small issue and has been fixed by those on board,” a spokesperson for Polaris in Singapore said today, replying to questions posed about the Stellar Cosmo.

In the wake of the Stellar Daisy sinking, Busan-based Polaris conducted a fleet-wide urgent inspection. The Stellar Daisy went down in the South Atlantic with the likely loss of 22 lives.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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