We are pleased to let you know the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is honoring Total Marine Solutions’ Ocean Guardian with a 2018 Marine Environment Protection Award.
The award is given in recognition of an individual or organization’s efforts in environmental stewardship as exemplified by a commitment to a program which has specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement, and which is innovative and goes beyond minimum environmental compliance.
Eligible candidates include members of the commercial maritime industry, government agencies, educational organizations, innovation providers, port, associations and individuals.
“Collaboration is the key to protecting our marine environments,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, Owner of Total Marine Solutions. “We built Ocean Guardian to be a tool for collaboration and information sharing, for the benefit of everyone in the industry and our oceans. We’re extremely proud to accept this award from NAMEPA, which shares our desire to bring together industry partners to help ‘Save our Seas’.”
The awards will be presented at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner to be held October 25 aboard the Hornblower Infinity in New York City.
This was my final week interning at Total Marine Solutions. I would like to thank everyone at TMS for making me feel like part of the team and allowing me to learn so much. It has been an experience I won’t soon forget.
I would also like to thank those outside of TMS who I met during my “field trips” for sharing their knowledge and helping me learn what they do and also about the many opportunities that exist in the maritime world.
I would like to especially thank Alex, Caroline, Val, and Anna for creating this intern position and guiding me through it. The program provided me with an invaluable experience and I am excited to return to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy this fall and use what I have learned.
During my final week I continued pollution regulation gathering efforts. Requesting pollution regulations from ports all over the world has definitely increased the amount of information in the Ocean Guardian database, furthering its development. I am proud to have been a part of it.
I also created and presented a PowerPoint presentation detailing the myriad tasks I have done and the things I learned during my nine-week internship.
On Wednesday, I learned how Marinfloc and Jets products work. The engineering incorporated in these systems is fascinating.
On Friday, it was time to say goodbye with a potluck lunch. It has been an honor to intern with Total Marine Solutions and a pleasure to work alongside so many incredible people.
We kicked off the week on Monday with a tour of Port Everglades. Anna brought me there to meet with Eric Alexander, cruise/container ops manager at Port Everglades Terminal, for a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings.
Eric drove us around the port explaining how container on-load/off-load is conducted and what machinery is used. I learned that Port Everglades is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and is among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S.
We also observed stevedore work and I learned about the different stevedoring positions at Port Everglades. Throughout the day, Eric introduced me to several employees at the container and the cruise ship terminals.
Anna knew, or has worked with many of them, so it was an opportunity for her to catch up with them. We then learned about cruise ship on-loading and off-loading of cargo and passengers.
The port is a very busy place with a lot of hardworking men and women operating all kinds of machinery and fulfilling many different responsibilities. Along the tour we would periodically discuss other topics such as port security, future goals the port wants to meet and the ever expanding technology involved with operating Port Everglades.
We still have several more days of work ahead of us this week. Stay tuned!
For the last seven weeks, I have been lucky enough to serve my internship at Total Marine Solutions. The team has kept me busy with activities and meetings and learning what it’s like to work for a company that serves the maritime community.
This week was spent doing a lot of research for TMS’ Ocean Guardian database. Ocean Guardian is a tool for ship operators to immediately access the latest environmental regulations. We have spent a lot of time working on important features, including the addition of pollution regulations from both foreign and domestic port authorities. We are receiving plenty of helpful feedback from people all over the world.
On Wednesday, I attended a webinar with Val, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and Port Everglades. The webinar was about reporting the EPA’s findings from an assessment of Port Everglades’ environmental sustainability efforts. Based upon those EPA’s findings, Port Everglades has proved to be doing a fantastic job at being a productive and economically significant port, while at the same time excelling in environmental stewardship.
Thursday, I again conducted more research in the morning and then in the afternoon Val and Alia and I worked on Ocean Guardian. We met in the conference room to discuss ways to improve on its functionality. The following day we continued our efforts.
This week included a lot of independent work, for which I am very thankful to have had. I have enjoyed working with Ocean Guardian to ensure that it is the best it can be. I am eager to begin next week and will let you all know how it goes!”
July 26 was National Intern Day. A day that encourages employers to celebrate, empower and recognize interns. It’s something that TMS has done for me all summer, and for which I am grateful.
This week, I worked on port management research. I reached out to foreign and domestic port authorities asking them questions about their port management rules so that we can input their answers into Ocean Guardian’s database.
Port authorities have been very responsive and helpful to Total Marine Solutions throughout this summer. I also spent a considerable amount of time reading about exhaust gas scrubbing systems onboard ships. Scrubbers’ significance is escalating as we get closer to the global sulfur cap in 2020.
Thursday, I had the pleasure of joining the people at Career Source Broward’s meeting. Anna is an advisor for their maritime operations, so we attended and listened to what the council members had to share at the meeting. This is just another example of how TMS takes an active role in the local community. I truly admire the hard work and effort these people put in to help improve their community for its citizens.
In the afternoon, Caroline drove me to Miami for a customer call. There, we had a business meeting with their team members, which proved to be highly educational for me. I learned a lot about how TMS interacts with their customers.
This week proved, yet again, just how great of a summer I am having interning at Total Marine Solutions.
At Total Marine Solutions, we believe in inclusion and transparency. Communication is a big part of that. That’s why every quarter we conduct company meetings with our entire team to go over any significant events, projects or planned improvements.
We understand that our team members have entrusted their livelihoods to TMS. Therefore, it is important for everyone to understand how well the organization is performing and what industry factors may have an impact on our ability to meet or even exceed our annual goals.
We hold our meetings away from the office so we can be fully present and focus on those matters before us without the usual daily interruptions.
During our most recent quarterly review, which was conducted at the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club, team members were educated about some of the key areas happening in each of our departments – sales and service – and what we are doing to improve how we do business.
For example, we discussed how to move forward with a paperless office. As an organization that is concerned about environmental issues, we believe this is an important goal. Our service department was asked to be the first to test various applications to determine which is the most effective toward reaching our goals – working out the kinks and fine-tuning the process along the way. Not only is this an environmentally sound idea, but it should also help reduce costs relating to printing.
The service department will report back to us at future meetings to determine how we can make this initiative successful.
Most importantly, by working as a team and keeping everyone in the loop, we are better able to serve you, our clients!
It was an excellent fifth week at Total Marine Solutions’ summer internship. The week started off with a GoTo meeting with Brenock about Ocean Guardian. Brenock is a leader in cutting-edge software solutions in the maritime industry and a long-time business partner of Total Marine Solutions.
We are all working very hard to make Ocean Guardian better every day. As we want to adjust things and make features of Ocean Guardian better, we have to discuss with Brenock how to accomplish that.
Tuesday, Alex and Anna brought me to the Sunrise office of DNV GL, an international accredited registrar and classification society, to meet with Océane King, Vladimirs Sterbs and Tobias King. Alex and Anna thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn about the kind of work a classification society performs. I was very happy with my experience at DNV GL. The employees were very welcoming, informative and a pleasure to visit.
After my field trip, I returned to the TMS office where I learned about the white box systems in the TMS warehouse. Donny, Sam and Wes explained to me how white boxes function and how as service engineers they solve problems when they go aboard vessels.
Later in the week at TMS, Alia, Anna, Val, and I worked together to make an Ocean Guardian PowerPoint presentation for a company meeting on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club. I enjoyed listening to everyone’s presentations. Our PowerPoint presentation proved to be very informational and provided great insight for the people at TMS who are not familiar with Ocean Guardian. It was a great opportunity to present to everyone with some of the things I have been doing during my internship and to explain some details about Ocean Guardian.
I am very thankful for my experiences in my internship this week. I can’t wait to see what next week will bring.
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!