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.
SUNY Maritime provides cadets with real-world experience and contacts through its programs and curriculum. With environmental compliance operations increasingly complex and essential onboard vessels, SUNY Maritime aims to provide students with the latest technology and advanced training, so they are well prepared for the workforce.
“Protecting our oceans is a critical piece of a SUNY Maritime College student’s education,” said Lori Kie, director of communications at SUNY Maritime. “The college is proud to bring Ocean Guardian’s technology to its students.”
Developed by Total Marine Solutions, Ocean Guardian is a digitization tool that matches a vessels location to a comprehensive regulatory database. The database includes international, national, regional, port and company regulations for discharge streams worldwide. The at-a-glance simplicity of Ocean Guardian helps operators immediately understand what can and cannot be discharged, while instant access to digital copies of regulations increases operator competency and understanding of regulations.
“We’re proud to offer Ocean Guardian to SUNY Maritime in order to enhance the education, competency and training that the cadets receive through real-world applications,” said Total Marine Solution’s president Alexandra Anagnostis Irons.
Total Marine Solutions will oversee the installation of Ocean Guardian and SUNY Maritime alumna Anna Silva (’98) will be on hand to deliver training to officers, instructors and approximately 740 cadets before Summer Sea Term begins. They will leave Throggs Neck, New York on May 7. This year, the cadets will be calling on San Juan, Puerto Rico; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Glasgow, Scotland; Gaeta, Italy; and Ponta Delgada, Azores before returning to New York on August 10, 2018.
“Summer Sea Term’s worldwide itinerary will really give cadets the chance to understand first-hand how complex the regulatory environment is,” said Total Marine Solution’s manager of business development and SUNY Maritime alumna Anna Silva. “Training with Ocean Guardian will give them a real-world understanding of how the latest technology can help vessels enhance environmental compliance operations.”
One of the requirements to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license (deck or engine) is to accrue 180 days of sea time prior to taking the USCG license exam to become a Merchant Mariner. Summer Sea Term allows cadets to gain this time following their freshmen, sophomore and junior years. Through a combination of watch standing, classroom learning, maintenance and repair work rotations, cadets get hands-on experience in shipboard operations.
Anna Silva, Business Development Manager at TMS spoke to more than a dozen students about her career in the maritime industry at an event sponsored by the Urban League of Broward County and Seafarers’ House. Speaking about her education, the role of women in the maritime industry and the various career opportunities available at land and at sea, Silva helped inspire these students to think about careers in the maritime industry. The students also heard from Rosemary M. of Resolve Maritime Academy and toured the Chiquita facility at Port Everglades to learn about the journey of a banana.
Anna Silva of Total Marine Solutions was proud to speak at the 2017 International Day of the Seafarer event at Seafarers’ House. Students from South Broward High School’s Marine Magnet program were treated to a full day behind the scenes at Port Everglades. In addition to a port tour and visit to the watch tower, students toured a Chiquita warehouse – to see truly what it takes to get fruit to their breakfast table. Anna shared her seafaring experience with the students, answered questions and gave them insight into what a career at sea entails. Thanks to the Sun Sentinel for covering the event and of course to our own Anna Silva for sharing her career and expertise with these students!
To read the Sun Sentinel article about Day of the Seafarer, including Anna’s thoughts, click the image below.
Thank you to the many members of the armed services and private sector who joined us to celebrate women in the military as part of 2017 Fleet Week Port Everglades! This was our 3rd annual Salute to Women in the Military luncheon and we thoroughly enjoy hosting this event each year! This year our key note speaker was Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence. Also joining us was Rear Admiral Babette “Bette” Bolivar, Commander, Navy Region Southeast; Captain Austin Gould, Chief of Staff, Seventh Coast Guard District; and Captain Megan Dean, Commanding Officer of Sector Miami.
TMS is once again proud to welcome visitors and U.S. servicemen and women to 2017 Fleet Week Port Everglades! One of our favorite events of the year, Fleet Week Port Everglades brings U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels to our port for a week of community activities, celebrations and to honor the brave sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve in our armed forces.
TMS is proud to be a long time supporter of Fleet Week Port Everglades. This year we’re honored to once again sponsor the Salute to Women in the Military Luncheon on May 4th. It’s been our pleasure to sponsor this event the last several years – we love bringing together women from our armed services and the private sector to connect as mentors, professional colleagues and of course build friendships! With so many women selecting careers in the military and advancing to senior management positions, this event is a great way to highlight the female and male leaders who are helping to create advanced opportunities for women in the military.
Vessels begin to arrive on May 1st and activities will run through May 7th. Some of our favorite events each year are the Resolve Marine Damage Control Olympics, the Salute to Women in the Military Luncheon (of course!) and the Take a Hero Fishing event. Each year Fleet Week is filled with activities and events, many of which are open to the public, some require advanced tickets. You can find a full schedule of activities at: http://www.browardnavydaysinc.org/schedule.html.
Looking forward to seeing you out and about in support of our troops and our maritime community this week!
Navigating the complex web of environmental regulations governing the maritime industry is about to become easier with the launch of Ocean Guardian, a new tool created by Total Marine Solutions, a Fort Lauderdale-based environmental products and services company.
Ocean Guardian significantly simplifies a shipboard operator’s ability to comply with marine environmental regulations by taking the guesswork out of determining which regulations apply to a specific area.
“There are numerous governing bodies which regulate emissions and discharge for each country and region. The regulations are updated and modified regularly, making it difficult for onboard operators to ensure compliance with the most up-to-date rules and guidance,” said Total Marine Solutions’ President Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons. “Ocean Guardian is an easy-to-use program that provides operators with immediate access to the latest regulations at the click of a button.”
Ocean Guardian matches a ship’s exact location with its one-of-a-kind comprehensive global regulatory database to supply operators with the specific environmental regulations and rules for that location. Fully integrated with a ship’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Ocean Guardian is location specific up to .25nm, removing the need to review numerous manuals, guides and environmental matrices to determine which regulations apply.
“Today’s heightened regulatory environment has resulted in greater challenges for the maritime industry. Enforcement agencies are taking stronger action to hold those who violate environmental regulations accountable for marine pollution,” said Anagnostis-Irons. “In the last several years we have seen record-breaking fines imposed. Ocean Guardian is designed to help companies facilitate consistent compliance throughout their fleet.”
Ocean Guardian was developed with Brenock, a leader in cutting-edge software solutions in the maritime industry and a long-time business partner of Total Marine Solutions.
“The complexity and breadth of the Ocean Guardian platform made it one of the most challenging projects we have undertaken in the last twenty years. It really is a game changer in the marine industry,” said Manus Walsh, who founded Brenock.
Designed for the international maritime industry, Ocean Guardian’s database not only is updated by experienced marine professionals, but further verified and vetted by a third-party, independent maritime law firm to give clients the confidence of knowing that the information they have is the most up-to-date possible.
“The idea of trying to become environmental experts is a tough challenge for a lot of companies, especially with the pace of change in the environmental regulatory world,”
said Richard Pruitt, founder of RMP Sustainability, LLC, which provides guidance in environmental compliance and sustainability to the maritime industry. “The people I have spoken with welcome Ocean Guardian entering into the industry and having it available on their ships.”
Ocean Guardian will launch to the public at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2017 Conference and Exhibition taking place March 20- March 22, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Conn. A demonstration and question and answer session is planned for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
The maritime industry is experiencing the most aggressive regulatory change in history, with the adoption of a global sulphur cap of .5%, adoption of the ballast water management convention, a roadmap and strategy for greenhouse gases, including mandatory reporting of fuel efficiency by 2019, a NECA proposal for the Baltic and North Seas, restriction of HFO in the Arctic and more! Join your industry colleagues as we “Focus on Solutions” for these and other challenges facing the marine industry.
Captain Shearon, Presiding Officer- Houston Pilots and Joe Hughes, NAMEPA Chairman and CEO/President of the American Club
Setting the Stage Is Sustainability Profitable? – Sherman Hampton, ExxonMobil What society expects from the marine industry- Chris Wolfe, EDF Defining environmental stewardship- RADM Paul Thomas, USCG
Meeting the Future Environmental Compliance Challenges for the future- Jon Waldron, Blank Rome The new fuel paradigm – Dr. Vis, Viswa Lab Vessel maneuverability and the use of ULSFO- Captain Charlie Tweedel, Sabine Pilots How does the use of LNG promote CSR- Aziz – GTT Safety and expertise in the LNG arena- Cmdr. Jason Smith, USCG
Strategies for Success Ports’ Approach to Success- Leah Oberlin, Port of Houston Authority Update on Ballast Water Management Treatment- William Burroughs, ABS How ports are promoting sustainability- Captain Anuj Chopra, RightShip The changing role of the mariner– Dr. Jason Zuidema, NAMMA
What’s Next? How education is adapting to change- Captain Michael Rodriguez- Superintendent, Texas A&M Maritime Academy A Case Study on San Jacinto basin – Dr. Rupa Iyer, University of Houston NAMEPA’s CSR vision – Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Co-Founder/Executive Director, NAMEPA
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) put the first climate change treaty since the 1992 Kyoto Protocol into action with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Standard amendment to MARPOL Annex VI.
MARPOL stands for marine pollution and represents the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. The EEDI Standard amendment is a mandatory requirement for new vessels that serves to make an impact on the state of the global environment. EEDI is actually an index determining the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from a ship while transporting goods at sea. It applies to new ships in the following categories: bulk carriers, combination carriers, container ships, cruise passenger ships featuring non-conventional propulsion, gas carriers, general cargo ships, LNG carriers, refrigerated cargo carriers, ro-ro cargo ships and ro-ro passenger ships. According to the IMO, these vessels are the largest in the world fleet and they’re responsible for about 85% of shipping carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. The EEDI Standard thus creates a significant impact on the state of our planet’s health.
EEDI Standard Specifics
The EEDI applies to both engines and equipment and focuses on energy efficiency, translating to reduced pollution. EEDI stipulates a minimum energy efficiency level per capacity mile based on ship type and size in order to reduce levels of carbon dioxide. Some new vessels must have technical files which indicate how much carbon dioxide they produce that may then be further verified for validity. Made mandatory in January 2013, EEDI serves to facilitate further production of more energy-efficient and compliant vessels into the future. In fact, the standards for energy efficiency levels will become more and more strict every five years in order to promote greater advancements in the arena of energy-efficient technology. The first phase is 10% and by 2025-2030, ships will need to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
The new ships responsible to meet the EEDI Standard are over 400 metric gross tons and “new” means a ship’s building contract was established on or after the 1st of January, 2013. If there was no building contract, the keel or other early phase of construction began on or after the same date or the vessel was delivered on or after the 1st of January, 2015.
The purpose of EEDI is to reduce pollution in a manner that is not too difficult for ship makers so builders and designers may use the most cost-efficient methods in order to reach these standards for compliancy.
TMS assists clients in environmental compliance. Ask us about how we can help you or your vessel comply with international maritime environmental regulations.