(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Total Marine Solutions, a Fort Lauderdale-based environmental products and services company, has launched Ocean Guardian, a new tool to navigate the complex web of environmental regulations governing the maritime industry.
Ocean Guardian simplifies a shipboard operator’s ability to comply with marine environmental regulations by taking the guesswork out of determining which regulations apply to a specific area.
“There are numerous governing bodies which regulate emissions and discharge for each country and region. The regulations are updated and modified regularly, making it difficult for onboard operators to ensure compliance with the most up-to-date rules and guidance,” said Total Marine Solutions’ President Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons. “Ocean Guardian is an easy-to-use program that provides operators with immediate access to the latest regulations at the click of a button.”
Ocean Guardian matches a ship’s exact location with a comprehensive global regulatory database to supply operators with the specific environmental regulations and rules for that location. Fully integrated with a ship’s global positioning system (GPS), Ocean Guardian is location-specific up to 0.25 nm, removing the need to review numerous manuals, guides and environmental matrices to determine which regulations apply.
“Today’s heightened regulatory environment has resulted in greater challenges for the maritime industry. Enforcement agencies are taking stronger action to hold those who violate environmental regulations accountable for marine pollution,” said Anagnostis-Irons. “In the last several years we have seen record-breaking fines imposed. Ocean Guardian is designed to help companies facilitate consistent compliance throughout their fleet.”
Ocean Guardian was developed with Brenock, a leader in software solutions in the maritime industry and a longtime business partner of Total Marine Solutions.
“The complexity and breadth of the Ocean Guardian platform made it one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken in the last 20 years. It really is a game changer in the marine industry,” said Manus Walsh, who founded Brenock.
Designed for the international maritime industry, Ocean Guardian’s database not only is updated by experienced marine professionals, but further verified and vetted by a third-party, independent maritime law firm to give clients the confidence of knowing that the information they have is the most up-to-date possible.
“The idea of trying to become environmental experts is a tough challenge for a lot of companies, especially with the pace of change in the environmental regulatory world,” said Richard Pruitt, founder of RMP Sustainability LLC, which provides guidance in environmental compliance and sustainability to the maritime industry. “The people I have spoken with welcome Ocean Guardian entering into the industry and having it available on their ships.”
Ocean Guardian launched to the public at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2017 Conference and Exhibition on March 20-22 in Stamford, Conn.