Ocean Guardian will further facilitate MSC Cruises to efficiently navigate global environmental and regulatory complexities
MSC Cruises first cruise company to partner with Total Marine Solutions
Fort Lauderdale, US / Geneva, Switzerland, 26 June 2018 – Total Marine Solutions, a global leader in environmental compliance technology, and MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and leading cruise line in Europe and South America, today announced a global collaboration following successful software trials of ‘Ocean Guardian’. Ocean Guardian is an innovative and rigorous yet easy-to-use tool for cruise lines and ship operators to immediately access with certainty the latest environmental regulations. By the end of July 2018, all MSC Cruises ships will be equipped with Ocean Guardian.
While the most widely applied environmental regulations are specified in the International Convention for Prevention from Pollution from Ships and its Annexes (MARPOL), many countries across the globe apply their own rules in waters within their jurisdiction. These local regulations are modified frequently, making it difficult for ship operators to stay abreast with the most up-to-date rules and guidance. While MSC Cruises’ policy prescribes to always follow the most stringent local or international regulations, Ocean Guardian simplifies the process and assures clarity regarding the applicability of international, national, or regional environmental regulations.
Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, President of Total Marine Solutions, said: “MSC Cruises has been a collaborative partner in developing this technology during sea trials. Therefore, we are especially excited to deploy Ocean Guardian’s state-of-the-art technology on all MSC Cruises’ ships.”
Bud Darr, Executive Vice President for Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, MSC Group said: “As maritime regulations continue to become more complex, and as part of a much broader approach to meet our own environmental objectives, MSC Cruises along with the entire cruise industry continually invests in technology to better manage our environmental footprint. Compliance and knowledge are critical aspects of this and Ocean Guardian will be instrumental to accurately navigate the complex web of environmental regulations at sea.”
Total Marine Solutions, together with Brenock, a leader in cutting-edge software solutions in the maritime industry created Ocean Guardian. The technology and software are fully integrated with the ship’s Global Positioning System (GPS) to accurately determine its position.
The database that supports this technology is updated by experienced marine professionals on an ongoing basis, and verified and vetted by a third-party, independent top-notch maritime law firm to provide accurate information. As a result, the continuous reviewing of the various handbooks, guides and environmental matrices to determine which regulations apply, is no longer required.
On the MSC Cruises ships, the Ocean Guardian technology is located on the Navigation Bridge, in the Engine Control Room of the ship and in the MSC Maritime Support Centre in London, where it is monitored 24/7. The software produces a sound when certain perimeters are within range, alerting deck officers on duty.
MSC Cruises and Total Marine Solutions conducted successful trials with Ocean Guardian on MSC Divina, while at sea in the Caribbean and will be deploying the technology across its entire fleet.
Fleet-wide deployment is scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2018.
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About Total Marine Solutions
Total Marine Solutions was established in 2000 with a specific mission to supply environmental products and services with a commitment to customer service and consistent, reliable support. Its focus has remained fixed on working with ship owners and operators in complying with the ever-changing regulations related to environmental protection. This is accomplished through representation of quality manufacturers specializing in the treatment of waste streams, development of monitoring devices and analysis support. Bringing more than thirty years of support expertise in both the sales and purchasing functions of ship operations, the management team at TMS maintains a mindset of ensuring a heightened standard of service excellence. This standard motivates our processes and overall way of doing business.
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About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and the number one cruise line in Europe and South America. A game-changer in the world of cruises, the Company has achieved 800% growth in its first ten years, building a global reputation in the industry and one of the youngest cruise fleets at sea. MSC Cruises is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
The MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 15 ultra-modern, highly innovative and elegantly designed ships, offering an unparalleled holiday experience with always delicious and authentic food, award-winning entertainment, plenty of relaxation, comfortable accommodation, as well as impeccable service and expertise.
Under its ambitious industry-unprecedented €11.6 billion investment plan, the fleet is set to expand to 25 mega-cruise ships by 2026. To date, MSC Cruises has designed six new ship classes, all prototypes that push the boundaries of marine architecture and design.
MSC Cruises feels a deep responsibility towards the physical and human environments in which it operates. The Company operates with the greatest respect for the world’s oceans and is on an ongoing journey to further develop innovative ways of lowering the environmental impact of its cruise passages.
MSC Cruises’ holiday experiences are sold across the globe through a distribution network in 70 countries. The Company employs over 23,500 people worldwide, both ashore and on board its ships. MSC Cruises is part of MSC Group which is comprised of leading transport and logistics companies.