Week 4 of my internship at Total Marine Solutions started with a visit to Port Everglades. The company’s business development manager, Anna Silva, and I drove to the port to meet with Environmental Program Manager Erik Neugaard and his interns. There, we discussed Port Everglades’ environmental sustainability efforts and how they tie into the port’s shipping operations. Port Everglades does a phenomenal job of being industry leaders in both environmental sustainability and port revenue.
Throughout the week, I spent a lot of time researching and asking other ports around the country about their environmental laws. Many port authorities have responded with detailed feedback which is very helpful for the continued development of Ocean Guardian.
I had also spent quite a bit of time collaborating with people at Total Marine Solutions on how we can further develop Ocean Guardian and answer questions based upon feedback from trials. We dedicate a lot of time and effort into Ocean Guardian and I am very proud to say that I help out with it!
Total Marine Solutions also visited Seafarers’ House this week. We were very grateful to receive our tour of the “Casa.” We appreciate the hard work that the staff of Seafarers’ House to provide a comforting and accommodating place of hospitality for seafarers at Port Everglades.
To conclude this week I made sure to participate in Total Marine Solutions’ blood drive! It was a wonderful event and I am very happy I was able to donate blood to an important cause.
Overall, it was another great week at Total Marine Solutions. I am very thankful for my experiences so far and am eager to begin next week’s exciting plans!
Week Three of my internship was one to be remembered at Total Marine Solutions. Although the week was short due to a day off to celebrate the Fourth of July, there was more than enough to keep us intrigued with our work.
Monday was a ship visit to the Port of Miami. I was able to join Boris onboard a cruise ship that required Total Marine Solutions’ assistance in their engine room. Being in a working engine room and learning about all about their equipment was fascinating. To witness the products that TMS services to customers onboard and functioning was a great connection to the production and distribution side of things that I am familiarizing myself with at the TMS office.
Tuesday and Thursday I spent the day in the warehouse of Total Marine Solutions. Marvin, who oversees the JETS inventory, showed me the ins and outs of the warehouse. He also showed me how parts are assembled and then shipped to customers as products. I assembled some parts for products that customers have ordered. It was very satisfying to make something that is going to be used by a real world company.
However, Tuesday was a tragic day for TMS when Colombia suffered a loss that devasted our hearts. Our favorite soccer team was eliminated by England from the World Cup by way of penalty kicks in overtime.
Wednesday Total Marine Solutions was closed for the Fourth of July. We would like to thank all the firefighters, EMS, police and other public service members who worked the holiday.
On Thursday, under the diligent guidance of Josefina, I learned how to make one of TMS’ most complicated valves. She has a lot of expertise in this field, so to learn a few skills from her plethora of knowledge was quite an honor. Josefina is very good at what she does and I was very happy to learn from her in the warehouse.
Friday, I spent the morning communicating with foreign and domestic ports. I would ask ports environmental questions relating to their pollution regulations. I input information from those who responded into Ocean Guardian, specifically updating that port’s data for Ocean Guardian users to have. This is a very long and ongoing responsibility that I will be reporting for the remainder of my blog posts. The second half of the day involved planning out how the Ocean Guardian team and I are going to create a presentation to share at an upcoming meeting.
Internships are a great opportunity for students to get a first-hand look at what it is like to work in the trenches of their chosen field of study. My name is Jack Browne and I was fortunate enough to land a summer internship with Total Marine Solutions.
I am from Plymouth, Mass. and just finished my junior year at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where upon graduation I will earn a bachelor’s of science in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection.
One of the reasons I am excited about working at Total Marine Solutions is that the company provides environmental compliance services and products to the maritime industry. Founded in 2000 by Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, TMS historically has focused on third-party resale of MARPOL compliant equipment and on providing outstanding customer service to customers.
However, during the past year with the help of Brenock, TMS expanded on its business by developing Ocean Guardian, a digital tool that assists vessels with maintaining environmental protection compliance. It provides users with answers to how, when, and where they can legally discharge waste.
With environmental pollution an ongoing threat, it is vital that the necessary actions toward following environmental laws are taken and that systems are created to facilitate overall environmental law compliance.
Although I only recently started my internship with Total Marine Solutions, I have already had the opportunity to experience a business meeting and have assisted in researching customer questions. I also have been introduced and instructed on how to use the Ocean Guardian system.
Throughout my internship I will be assisting the company with ways to help the growth of Ocean Guardian. I also will be helping TMS staff with award applications and trade journal submissions. Ship visits to Port Everglades and various other field trips also are on the agenda for this summer. Stay tuned and check out our blog next week for updates!
Total Marine Solutions was pleased to once again participate in the annual Port Everglades Association Golf Tournament on October 20, 2017. Matthew V., Boris M., Marcos R., and Kevin H., hit the links to benefit Seafarers’ House with many of our local maritime partners!
At TMS we’re proud of the work we do, both with our clients and vendors and also to support our community. Each year the TMS team participates and supports a number of local community activities. Here’s just a taste of how we are involved:
If you’ve worked with TMS for any length of time you probably know about our association with the U.S. Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association. With Alex Anagnostis- Irons serving as the Association’s U.S. president the TMS team is active and happy to volunteer at many WISTA events around the country. We’re proud to sponsor educational industry events and networking opportunities as part of our support of WISTA.
TMS’s Alex Anagnostis- Irons is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Seafarers’ House, a non-profit seafarer’s welfare organization located at Port Everglades. The TMS Team volunteers their time and energy in support of Seafarers’ House at a number of their events throughout the year, raising awareness and increasing opportunities to support mariners who come into Port Everglades.
Fleet Week Port Everglades
For the last several years TMS has been proud to sponsor the Salute to Women in the Military Luncheon as part of Fleet Week Port Everglades. We love sponsoring an event that connects women in the military to private sector mentors and gives them the opportunity to build relationships with military leaders who are dedicated to advancing the opportunities for women in the military. In the past TMS has also sponsored the Legion of Honor ceremony at Fleet Week as well as military receptions and events.
Coast Guard Foundation
TMS is proud to support the Coast Guard Foundation and honor the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. It has been our pleasure to sponsor events on behalf of the Coast Guard Foundation as well as volunteer at local events and activities to raise money for our guardsmen and women.
Marine Industry Cares Foundation
TMS’ Sprockets are proud to support of the Marine Industry Cares Foundation at its annual Spin-A-Thon. For the last several years we’ve helped spin to raise money for local organizations. In the past eight years, this event has raised over $750,000 for organizations like the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Kids In Distress.
Did you know that we’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day in the United States for more than 100 years? First celebrated in 1908, Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day as a memorial for her mother in West Virginia honoring the work her mother did in the Civil War caring for wounded soldiers. Although rejected as a holiday by the U.S. Congress in 1908, all U.S. states observed the holiday by 1911 and it was designated a holiday by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries across the world.
The rapid acceptance and recognition of this holiday underscores the most important lesson a child can learn – never back away from a challenge!
This Mother’s Day TMS honors all of the mothers who have supported, nurtured, and helped us become the people we are today. Whether you are able to spend time with your Mother this Mother’s Day in person or only in your heart we hope you find a way to cherish the memories, moments and love you received from your mother.
There’s something about the mystery of the sea that brings along myths, legends and superstitions! Here are five maritime superstitions you’ve probably never heard before, just don’t ask us if they are true!
Whistling Summons Storms!
It seems like whistling would go hand in hand with cheerfully going about one’s duties on the ship but it is actually an old superstition that it’s really bad luck! The idea is that when the wind picks up the sounds of whistling or singing, you’re actually calling a storm to brew.
Dolphins Bring Good Luck.
If you see dolphins swimming along with a ship, it’s believed to be a good omen. This is a superstition we can get behind because who doesn’t love to catch a view of dolphins at sea?!
Many Days Are Bad Luck for Sailing.
If everyone followed these superstitions, the global economy would look a lot different today! Old superstitions indicate Sunday as the only good day to set off on a voyage. What’s more, superstitious bad luck days include Thursdays, Fridays and two Mondays of the year – the first Monday in April and the second Monday of the month in August. The roots of these superstitions are very interesting, mostly having to do with religious beliefs. Fridays have been believed to be bad luck days for a very long time, on and off of the sea. Thursday is the day of Thor, representative of the god of storms. The unlucky Monday in April is the day Cain killed his brother Abel and the bad luck Monday in August is the day the sinful locales of Sodom and Gomorrah were obliterated.
Cigarettes Must Be Lit by the Proper Protocol.
…and we thought cigarette smoking was harmful enough! According to an old superstition, if a sailor lights his or her cigarette with a candle’s flame, they can be sealing their fate to soon die or experience some type of awful event. It’s interesting to note that lighting a cigarette with a candle’s flame is considered to be bad luck in various regions of the world – on dry land as well.
Want to Change Your Vessel’s Name? Do This First!
It’s considered bad luck to change the name of a boat unless you officially take away it’s original name, give it the new name and christen it all over again. There’s also a superstition against naming vessels with words that end in the letter “A”!
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.