Ocean Guardian is featured in the November issue of MarineLog as one of the “Top Technologies.” Click here or on the image to read the story.
11-15-2018 at 9:27
Ocean Guardian is featured in the November issue of MarineLog as one of the “Top Technologies.” Click here or on the image to read the story.
11-15-2018 at 9:27
Total Marine Solutions (TMS) and TOTOTHEO Maritime Limited are proud to announce a strategic sales partnership agreement whereby TOTOTHEO will act as exclusive sales agent and customer service representative for Ocean Guardian in the Republic of Cyprus.
Developed by TMS, in collaboration with Brenock, Ocean Guardian is a digital tool that provides shipboard operators with immediate access to environmental regulations around the world. The software system removes the guesswork from environmental compliance, providing operators with immediate and accurate information on regulations pertaining to a specific location.
“This agreement allows us to add a first-in-class environmental element to our offering of satellite connectivity and digital solutions,” said Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime. “Our company has always been focused on technology and operations optimization, and Ocean Guardian will be our trusted partner in providing our customers with an environmental regulation tool like no other in the market.”
Ocean Guardian was created to address today’s complex regulatory environment. Since its public launch in March 2017, it has caught the attention of numerous important players in the maritime industry worldwide, resulting in several significant collaborations.
“We are excited to join forces with TOTOTHEO Maritime Limited and believe this agreement will allow us to expand our reach into new markets, while at the same time expand TOTOTHEO’S portfolio of product offerings,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, President of Total Marine Solutions. “TOTOTHEO’s strong reputation within the maritime community makes them the perfect partner.”
The agreement might not have come about were it not for the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), where Anagnostis-Irons, WISTA USA Immediate Past President, and Theodosiou, WISTA International President, met. WISTA International has a network of more than 3,000 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry spread across 46 countries.
“WISTA allows women in the maritime industry to call upon each other for advice and to create business collaborations,” said Anagnostis-Irons. “This agreement should serve as an example of how WISTA can benefit its members worldwide.”
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. For more information visit tms-fla.com and oceanguardian.com.
About Tototheo Maritime Limited
Tototheo Maritime has been offering connectivity solutions, mobile marine communications and electronic services for over 30 years. Tototheo Maritime is a Strategic Alliance Partner of Inmarsat. With a deep understanding of the industry and the dynamic environment in which our customers operate, we take our role as their technology partner very seriously. A key part of the relationship with customers is Tototheo’s underlying desire to listen to what clients need. Their commitment in offering advanced, continuous support and services as well as their firm belief in ethical business practices makes them a trusted long-term partner.
For more information, please visit www.tototheo.com.
11-05-2018 at 2:00
We received a lot of wonderful coverage from the maritime media about Ocean Guardian’s most recent partnership with Marine Press. We wanted to share it with you. The following are some of the publications that covered our exciting announcement.
Maritime Logistics Professional Navigation solutions provider Marine Press, environmental product and services company Total Marine Solutions and maritime software and technology firm Brenock have partnered to advance digital transformation in the maritime industry.
Marine Link In an exclusive arrangement announced today at Marine Money, Marine Press will offer Total Marine Solution’s Ocean Guardian as an embedded software in its SeaPassage suite of integrated e-navigation solutions.
Offshore Source Marine Press, Total Marine Solutions and Brenock have partnered to advance digital transformation in the maritime industry. In an exclusive arrangement announced today at Marine Money, Marine Press will offer Total Marine Solution’s Ocean Guardian as an embedded software in its SeaPassage suite of integrated e-navigation solutions.
Digital Ship Marine Press, Total Marine Solutions and Brenock have announced a new partner agreement which will see Marine Press add Total Marine Solution’s Ocean Guardian application as an embedded software in its SeaPassage package of e-navigation systems.
06-25-2018 at 8:27
Once again Ocean Guardian is making waves in the maritime media! Ocean Guardian was highlighted in December 8th newsletter of the The Maritime Executive! Read about how Ocean Guardian is changing the way business as usual is done in the maritime industry!
12-11-2017 at 10:13
Ocean Guardian is making quite the splash in the maritime industry. Client interest has been extremely strong, but we’re also proud of the media attention we’ve received. That helps us to know that we’re making waves and not only providing a solution to a compliance challenge, but also helping to change the way the industry thinks about compliance. Check out Ocean Guardian in Marine Link.
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09-18-2017 at 3:32
Ocean Guardian was highlighted in the September 2017 issue of Maritime Reporter.
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09-15-2017 at 3:34
On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from pollution of the ocean. The $40 million penalty is the largest-ever criminal penalty for marine pollution, setting a precedent for future cases related to contamination of marine environments.
This decision is a landmark act by both the U.S. Department of Justice and Princess Cruise Lines. It underscores two important realities in today’s maritime industry: first, a concerted effort and significant action to identify, address and hold perpetrators accountable for marine pollution at the highest levels of the U.S. government; and second, a critical and ongoing shift within the maritime industry toward greater corporate social responsibility.
Let’s address both points.
Maritime environmental pollution is not new. With ongoing research and a deeper understanding of ocean environments, we are constantly aware of the impact our actions have on fragile marine ecosystems and the planet. For centuries, maritime pollution occurred without an understanding of what happens to our trash or debris. Today, we know better and operate with several levels of maritime environmental compliance regulations from International Maritime Organization, federal, state and even local players. It is a complicated and sometimes confusing set of regulations. For many years, a culture of cover up and slaps on the wrist sent the message to large marine players that environmental compliance was not a high priority for governments or enforcement bodies. The December 1 decision turns that culture on its head, underscoring once and for all the significant harm of environmental pollution and the significant action the U.S. government is willing to take to address, prevent and hold accountable its perpetrators.
Maritime environmental pollution can easily take place knowingly or unknowingly. All too easily compliance errors can happen, and out of fear these errors may be covered up. When an error is not caught, it is easy for employees to become complacent and continue to perpetrate the error. This degrades a company’s culture of compliance. We commend Princess Cruise Lines for investigating the non-compliance errors and strengthening their corporate compliance and oversight process regarding environmental compliance and protection. This case is a painful reminder of the importance of constant training and oversight, but also an example of how a company can do the right thing and hold itself accountable. By doing so, Princess Cruise Lines not only took responsibility for its actions, but sent a message to passengers, crew and regulators that it takes environmental compliance seriously and will take the necessary measures to strengthen its culture of compliance.
Regular corporate environmental compliance training is essential for not only educating staff and crew, but also for sending the message that environmental compliance is important. Oversight and supervision also play a critical role in creating a culture of compliance. While mistakes can happen even when staff is well educated, corporate oversight and supervision can prevent these mistakes from happening continually and address short cuts. At TMS, we encourage the entire maritime industry to take lessons from the case – to strengthen their culture of compliance on board and on shore, and to address compliance shortfalls swiftly and directly with immediate action.
12-02-2016 at 5:59
In the latest in environmental maritime regulation news, the Marine Environment Protection Committee by the IMO has lowered the global sulfur emissions limit to 0.5% from the current limit of 3.5%. The new limit was considered for 2025 but was finalized to go into effect in 2020 as of yesterday.
Such a significant decrease in emissions will require the shipping industry to commit to serious change in order to remain compliant. It may cost the industry as much as $35-$40 billion which comes at a time when specific sectors in maritime are undergoing a particularly difficult time, financially. However, the new limit is a great step for the environment and more specifically, human health. Sulfur contributes to air pollution and it sulfur oxides can harm individuals by leading to such conditions as lung diseases and cancers.
Compliance Option: Cleaner Fuel
Many are setting their sights on the prospect of lower sulfur fuel. It could be a cost-efficient option for many although it could definitely serve to weed out refineries that are unprepared to produce higher quality products and fuel that has been treated to contain less of the substance. While some professionals are questioning the potential availability of lower sulfur fuel in light of the dramatic demand that was created in the industry overnight, other professionals insist there will be enough resources for all. The International Chamber of Shipping Association’s Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett, had this to say… “There will be much to do between now and 2020 to ensure that sufficient quantities of compliant marine fuel of the right quality will indeed be available, and that this radical switch over to cleaner fuels will be implemented smoothly …without distorting shipping markets or having negative impacts on the movement of world trade.”
Compliance Option: Scrubbers
Another option is to custom outfit vessels with scrubbers, devices that are able to regulate the amount of air pollution produces by ships. They pose an economically viable option for any vessel that would be used for at least another five years. However, there are specific regulations and conditions that must be heeded in order for firms to remain compliant using scrubbers.
While the crossover to meet new regulation will take some time, effort and financial investment. The impact on human health and the environment will be historic. Transport & Environment’s Bill Hemmings says the limit change will mean shipping will contribute 1.5% of the planet’s air pollution, a steep decline from the current status of 5%.
If you have questions about compliance with these or other environmental regulations, please call us at (954) 327-2032.
10-31-2016 at 4:43
Have you delved into the world of solar energy for your environmentally-friendly yacht or ship? The use of solar power technology is quickly becoming widespread in a number of industries and the maritime industry isn’t getting left behind! Do some research to see how you and your vessel can benefit from bringing on different types of solar powered technologies. The solar powered AIS Class B Small and VMS Identifier is a wonderful example of the potential benefits to be enjoyed!
The solar powered AIS Class B Small and VMS identification transceiver is one of the most impressive new solar powered technologies available for maritime vessels. It’s the very first fully certified model available on the planet and it’s produced by SRT Marine Systems, plc. The Identifier is complete with high-tech security features and options, an excellent GPS system, VHF antennas and terrestrial/satellite tracking modes that may be used interchangeably. It needed to be used via direct connection to the ship’s power supply or via a rechargeable battery which seems standard enough. The twist is that it’s now available with the Solar Power Kit that allows it to be used without ever using a vessel’s power! It can now run on battery power alone for over five days without the need for being charged.
Of course, maritime environments present plenty of physical challenges and special circumstances and these conditions have been taken into consideration. Solar power is terrific and systems can be designed to withstand rough weather, long term uses and the often rough onboard environments associated with commercial shipping. On top of these features, solar power can be easy to use, effective and cost efficient.
We love that they have taken the initiative to develop such a useful and environmentally-sound product and we look forward to seeing more solar powered marine technologies appear on the market!
09-19-2016 at 8:08
Did you know? There is a new protected marine environment off the coast of Hawaii. President Barack Obama has expanded the 140,000 sq. mile Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to over 580,000 sq. miles! The marine sanctuary lies northwest of the main islands of Hawaii and it is now the largest protected marine area on the planet.
Papahanaumokuakea is a very eco-rich environment of over 7,000 species as well as 10 islands and atolls. It is home to tropical sea birds, black coral (the longest-living marine species) and several endangered species. Interestingly, the marine reserve will protect a number of species that have yet to be identified such as a recent finding – a species of small white octopuses. John Reichert of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Global Ocean Legacy calls it “one of the most biologically and culturally significant places on the planet”. The marine reserve which has now been expanded to more than four times its original size, is also rich in history as the site of World War II’s Battle of Midway and as home to an area that is sacred to natives of Hawaii.
The expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is not only significant to the U.S., but to the world. It’s a bold and powerful step to work against climate change, promote biodiversity and to set an example to promote the protection of marine environments and the environment at large! To add, the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Reserve to an area twice the size of Texas is an important step for conservation, research and education. With the newly expanded protections, this marine reserve will have the opportunity for tuna to flourish once again while offering a chance to see an increase in the populations of the endangered species that call the area home – green sea turtles, short-tailed albatrosses, blue whales and Hawaiian monk seals.
The new legislation permits scientific research as well as recreational fishing and fishing for sustenance by the area’s native Hawaiians. Commercial fishing and mineral extraction, however, are strictly forbidden.
The original 140,000 sq. mile Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was originally established one decade ago by President George W. Bush. President Obama’s expansion of the reserve is a part of his major legacy in environmental protection. He has currently protected over twice the number of acres of environment as any other president in history.
We don’t care how it is done, but we LOVE seeing new marine environments protected – raising awareness of our environmental impact on the oceans and the need to protect them!
09-05-2016 at 2:43