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 ProfessionalNavigation 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 SourceMarine 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 ShipMarine 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.
Partnership brings together best in class environmental compliance and navigational tools
June 20, 2018 – 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. The inclusion of Ocean Guardian brings voyage planning and environmental operations together for safer navigation, easier compliance and more efficient workflow.
“Bringing Ocean Guardian to Marine Press clients is a significant step forward in transforming the industry. It creates the most comprehensive digital navigation and voyage planning tool on the market – a seamless product that simplifies onboard decision making and voyage planning,” said Nicholas Bourque, CEO of Marine Press. “We are delighted to provide this benefit to our clients.”
“We created Ocean Guardian as a digitalization tool to improve environmental compliance and enhance workflow. The exclusive partnership with Marine Press is a natural step in further integrating compliance into overall shipboard operations,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, president of Total Marine Solutions. “We’re proud to partner with the industry leader in e-navigation to provide something never before seen on the market.”
Ocean Guardian provides environmental compliance and regulatory information for international, national, regional and company rules at the click of a button. Alarms and optional relay valves alert operators to changes in regulatory requirements as a ship moves. Ocean Guardian is verified and vetted by a third-party law firm, ensuring the regulatory database is comprehensive and accurate. The partnership allows Marine Press clients to include environmental compliance requirements in voyage planning seamlessly, significantly increasing workflow efficiency.
Digital navigation solutions from Marine Press and Ocean Guardian will be integrated in partnership with Brenock, a leader in maritime software and technology.
Known for excellent customer service and client support, Marine Press and Total Marine Solutions are leaders in providing innovative and advanced solutions to the maritime market.
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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.
Marine Press offers a complete range of integrated navigation solutions – from paper products to e-navigation. We understand the needs of vessel operators and our solutions are as flexible as our customers are diverse. Our solutions are all designed to improve efficiency and ease your day-to-day operations onboard and ashore.
Brenock solutions power the most notable Fortune 500 companies in the Cruise, Marine, Hospitality, Financial, Medical and Idea Management verticals. We have specialists with years of deep industry experience, so your customized applications not only achieve your functional goals, but show proven success metrics.We understand the significance of our partnership and the services we create for you. There is no place for second best. That’s why our customers have come back to us time and time again, year after year for the past twenty five years.
TMS launched Ocean Guardian at the 2017 Connecticut Maritime Association’s Annual Shipping Conference. We returned in 2018, after a year of beta testing in the real world aboard ships that traverse international waters, with an updated version of Ocean Guardian.
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State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College will feature Ocean Guardian, a digital environmental compliance tool for Summer Sea Term 2018 to provide cadets with hands-on environmental compliance training with the latest technology. SUNY Maritime is the first maritime college in the world to install Ocean Guardian on a training vessel.
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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The regulatory environment can be a bit confusing – many clients ask us about the different regulatory bodies and what they govern. While we can’t cover everything in a blog post, we’ll outline the main framework for the regulatory environment.
Where Does Maritime Environmental Regulation Come From?
Environmental regulations on the water come from a number of sources, many of which have different jurisdiction. You’ll need to get familiar with all of them in order to ensure you’re always operating within compliance. The top of the hierarchy is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), followed by regional regulation (such as the European Union), followed by federal regulation coming from a country (such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency – EPA), then the state (such as Florida Department of Environmental Protection) and finally local regulation (such as Broward County’s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department).
As a boater, it is your duty to ensure you’re always within compliance for every one of these regulators. Environmental regulations exist for good reason – to minimize the negative impact on our marine environments. In most cases it is punishable by law to act against these environmental safeguards – not knowing is not a valid excuse in the eyes of the law.
We understand that staying compliant can still be a little tricky due to the nature of regulations. Regulations change often as new legislation is made and new research and data point to new needs requiring attention. This is part of what we do here at Total Marine Solutions. We take care of all of the research and stay on top of all new regulations so you don’t have to spend time figuring everything out. We can provide you with up-to-the-minute details on both environmental and safety regulations to keep you comfortably compliant! Our aim is to help the environment while helping ship owners and operates meet regulations in ways the most efficient ways for their businesses.
Whenever we usher in a new year, our thoughts are focused on the future as a whole. And it’s impossible to think about the future without thinking about the environmental impact we’re making on the planet – especially today. With various environmental concerns increasing, one way to enter 2017 with hope, positivity and an effort in the name of the greater good is to make a few moves to make a lighter ecological impact in the new year.
The best way to make a difference is to start with your own actions… like our favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Switch to Eco-Friendly Paint.
It may not be something you’ve thought of before, but the paint you use on your hull becomes a part of the marine environment. In fact, any part of your boat that lies beneath the surface interacts with the marine ecosystem. Harmful substances can damage aquatic plants, animals and entire ecosystems.
The good news is there are healthy alternatives! The EPA did a study and found the best (read: least toxic) bottom hull paints for your vessel are Hempasil X3 (87500) by Hempel USA and Intersleek Pro by Interlux. Not only are they less taxing on the environment but they also last much longer than those harmful copper-based paints. They will save you money in the process!
Switch to Non-Toxic Cleaning Products.
Cleaning products can contain all kinds of environmentally hazardous compounds. Do your part to ease up on marine ecosystems by changing up your stock of cleaning supplies. The EPA recommends products that biodegrade more rapidly than traditional cleaning products, which cannot build up in the tissues of animals, and are less toxic. There are great products for washing your vessel as well as items you could also use for home such as environmentally-friendly trash bags, soaps, disinfectants and other essential items.
Replace Paper Towels with Rags.
This is a really easy one. Do your part to take a load off of the environment by using towels, old clothes or rags to clean rather than paper towels. Also avoid using disposable items in the galley, such as plastic utensils and paper plates.
When purchasing items for your vessel, do a quick research to see if there’s a recyclable version available. You’ll be able to dispose of it in a smart and useful way later on.
Brush Up On Anchoring.
You may anchor your boat all of the time, but are you doing it in the way that’s the least harmful to the environment? Brush up on the tips and proper protocol to avoid damaging our valued ecosystems – coral reefs included.