MSC Cruises To Roll Out Environmental Compliance Tech Fleetwide
Kerry Sharpe, Open Jaw
Ocean Guardian at work.
MSC Cruises has announced a collaboration with environmental compliance technology creator Total Marine Solutions, following successful software trials of ‘Ocean Guardian’ aboard MSC Divina.
Ocean Guardian is a tool for cruise lines and ship operators to immediately access with certainty the latest environmental regulations. By 31JUL, all MSC Cruises ships will be equipped with it.
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.
While MSC Cruises’ policy prescribes to always follow 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.
“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 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 fleet, the Ocean Guardian technology is located on the Navigation Bridge, in the Engine Control Room of the ship and in the MSC Maritime Support Centre in London, where it is monitored 24/7. The software produces a sound when certain perimeters are within range, alerting deck officers on duty.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.