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MSC Cruises deploys compliance management software system

MSC Cruises has announced a deal with Total Marine Solutions to roll out the Ocean Guardian environmental compliance management software system across all ships in its fleet, following the successful completion of shipboard trials.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The software supports compliance with environmental regulations specified in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and its annexes, as well as the abundance of local regulations applicable in different jurisdictions. The Ocean Guardian database is updated by marine professionals on an ongoing basis, and verified and vetted by a third-party independent maritime law firm.

The application, developed by software developer Brenock in conjunction with Total Marine Solutions, integrates with the vessel’s GPS system to accurately determine its position and display the relevant regulations for that position.

“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,” said Bud Darr, executive vice president for 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.”

On the MSC Cruises ships, the Ocean Guardian technology has been installed on the navigation bridge and in the engine control room, with the application also implemented at the MSC Maritime Support Centre in London where it is monitored on a continuous basis. The software creates an audible alert when certain perimeters are within range, notifying the deck officers on duty.

Trials of the system were conducted on MSC Divina while at sea in the Caribbean, with the full roll-out to the rest of the fleet scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2018.{/mprestriction}

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