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MSC Cruises deploys Ocean Guardian environmental compliance software

MSC Cruises plans to equip all its ships with Total Marine Solutions' 'Ocean Guardian' tool that provides immediate access to the latest environmental regulations.

This follows successful software trials aboard MSC Divina.

While the most widely applied environmental regulations are specified in the International Convention for Prevention from Pollution from Ships and its Annexes (MARPOL), many countries across the globe apply their own rules in waters within their jurisdiction. These local regulations are modified frequently, making it difficult for ship operators to stay abreast of the most up-to-date rules and guidance.

Simplified process, greater accuracy

While MSC Cruises has a policy of always following the most stringent local or international regulations, Ocean Guardian simplifies the process and ensures accuracy regarding the applicability of international, national or regional environmental regulations.

'MSC Cruises has been a collaborative partner in developing this technology during sea trials,' said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, president of Total Marine Solutions. 'Therefore, we are especially excited to deploy Ocean Guardian’s state-of-the-art technology on all MSC Cruises ships.'

'As maritime regulations continue to become more complex, and as part of a much broader approach to meet our own environmental objectives, MSC Cruises along with the entire cruise industry continually invests in technology to better manage our environmental footprint,' added Bud Darr, EVP maritime policy and government affairs, MSC Group. 'Compliance and knowledge are critical aspects of this and Ocean Guardian will be instrumental to accurately navigate the complex web of environmental regulations at sea.'

Developed with Brenock

Total Marine Solutions created Ocean Guardian together with Brenock, a leader in cutting-edge software solutions in the maritime industry. The technology and software are fully integrated with the ship’s GPS to accurately determine its position.

The database that supports this technology is updated by experienced marine professionals on an ongoing basis, and verified and vetted by a third-party independent maritime law firm to provide accurate information. As a result, the new system will eliminate the need to continuously review the various handbooks, guides and environmental matrices to determine which regulations apply.

On the MSC Cruises fleet, the Ocean Guardian technology is located on the navigation bridge, in the engine control room and in the MSC Maritime Support Center in London, where it is monitored 24/7. The software produces a sound when certain perimeters are within range, alerting deck officers on duty.

Fleetwide deployment is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

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