Quantum’s Maritime Compliance Solution (MCS) provides the shipping industry with a fully-integrated approach for monitoring and reporting on environmental compliance. It also allows company officers to monitor the environmental and operational performance of any of their ships, anytime, anywhere.
Maritime Compliance System captures shipboard data electronically at its source – from the oily water separator, emissions monitoring equipment, oil content monitor, tank level indicators, to navigation, engine, and fuel systems – and then presents that information via satellite real-time through easy-to-monitor dashboards that are available both on the ship and at company offices on shore. By using Quantum’s newly released Federated Queries tool, users can query more than one data source at a time and combine the results in memory into a single report and/or table. This enhancement allows you to treat all your data sources (e.g. crewing, planned maintenance, purchasing, etc.) as one virtual database and access them as a single query – enabling you to focus on building reports, not joining data sources.
Not only does MCS eliminate the need for time-consuming and often inaccurate paper-based logs and compliance reporting by the crew, but more importantly, it means your company is instantly alerted to potential areas of risk or non-compliance. MCS gives shore supervisors and QSE staff the ability to monitor their fleet’s environmental performance at the ship level: real-time, anytime, anywhere.
This automatic, real-time data capture is about to revolutionize environmental and safety reporting in the shipping industry.
Capture and Store Shipboard Environmental Performance Data Automatically, Identify Variations from Permits, and Alert the Crew and Company to Non-Compliant Activities : In today's modern fleet, 70% - 90% of all the information required to create and verify log books, and to confirm environmental compliance, is already captured in electronic form by a ship's onboard systems and monitoring devices:
MCS’ Data Builder feature imports this data into a common ship-shore database where it can be organized, maintained, and viewed. Automatically generated variance and non-compliance flags alert the crew and shore staff to variations in permit requirements and non-compliance with environmental regulations.
As part of our newly-released generic mobile interface, the growing trend of mobile Business Intelligence (BI) is supported through the release of both a native iPhone application and a generic mobile interface; providing full featured delivery of both dashboards and reports to a mobile workforce.
Perform all activities required to comply with the U.S. EPA's new Vessel General Permit (VGP) The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recently required all non-recreational vessels of 79 feet or longer (except commercial fishing vessels) to apply for coverage under a Vessel General Permit (VGP). MCS allows users to track all aspects of this new regulation including:
The Base System provides the foundation for deploying a fleet-wide Maritime Compliance System. It stores the corporate organizational structure, as well as the mechanical and physical layout of each vessel, including all the ship's various tanks, valves, and environmental monitoring or abatement equipment (e.g. oily water separators, ballast tanks, and emissions monitoring equipment). Equipment definitions are used to identify equipment readings imported through the Data Builder tool, allowing the user to extrapolate emissions performance from voyage performance and fuel data readings. Onboard or onshore users can monitor bilge and ballast-related systems (tanks, valves, gauges) real-time. This information can be cross-matched with ship location (longitude and latitude) and vessel speed in order to create a record of NOx and SOx emission performance during various modes (i.e. underway, reduced speed, manoeuvring, at berth).
Employees, job classifications, and employment records are stored in the Base System for use in OSHA reporting and training tracking. It includes easy-to-use system security and utility functions, allowing complete self-administration of the software. Base also allows users to automatically schedule the generation of reports at a particular date and time, using pre-specified selection criteria. This feature is extremely useful for users that need to run the same report on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.
The Data Builder capability lets users load legacy data, perform periodic uploads of data electronically at its source (e.g. from oily water separator, oil content monitor, tank level indicators, navigation systems, flow meters, and emissions monitoring equipment), and perform field validation on the data while it is loading.
Dashboards communicate complex information quickly, translating vessel and/or corporate data into a rich, graphical presentation using gauges, maps, charts, and other graphics to show multiple results together. Screens and reports can be individually configured according to user needs, with simple “drill down” features providing increased levels of detail for analysis of original data. Below are highlights of MCS Dashboard functionality that allows you to connect and manage all of your ships data in a single application:
Emissions & Effluent Management
This feature uses equipment readings that are stored along with GPS vessel positions, and time and date stamp to track Greenhouse Gases (GHG), NOx, SOx, and other emissions that fall under Clean Air Act requirements and the EPA's Vessel General Permit (VGP). Users can estimate air and water emissions and prepare the necessary permits. Automatic notification flags tell users when they're out of compliance. The system is pre-loaded with AP-42 equations, and allows the user to define and use custom equations.
Environmental Excursion Reporting (Spill Reporting)
The Environmental Excursion capability allows users to identify and track spills, and spill responses. It also alerts the user to “reportable” actions based on different regulatory lists, and records calls made to regulatory agencies.
The number and quantities of hazardous and non-hazardous containers (e.g. garbage, photo processing fluid, bilge, sludge, gray water,and black water) can be tracked, and the system can generate and print shipping documents such as manifests and bills of lading. Waste can be characterized based on analytical samples. The system tracks off-site transportation companies, identifies treatment and disposal locations, lists treatment and disposal options, and generates waste total reports.
Task and Permit Management
MCS customers use the Task and Permit Management feature to track and manage routine and scheduled tasks such as tag downs, inspections,and meter readings. This function defines and automatically distributes tasks(along with instructions and guidelines on how to fulfill the task) to the appropriate staff via email on a predefined schedule. Daily, weekly, monthly or aging task reports are made available electronically to the Chief Engineer, the Master, the shore-side supervisor, or other members of the management team as required.
This feature also stores permit data for multiple types of permits (including the EPA’s Vessel General Permit), including information on issuing agencies, issue expiration, renewal dates, permit conditions, and tests required to meet permit conditions. “Out-of-permit” conditions are identified through alert messages.
Incident Reporting allows users to identify and track incidents, associated releases and responses, flag reportable releases,generate inspection requests, track corrective actions, and calls made to regulatory agencies. MCS automatically determines whether the incident is reportable and advises users of contact actions.
This feature stores, sorts, and retrieves the information needed to prepare regulatory reports like OSHA Forms 101 and 300. Dashboard's ad hoc reporting feature allows each customer to create custom injury-illness reports to meet their needs, and those of any regulatory agency. The Injury-Illness Tracking feature also examines factors contributing to accidents and illnesses, and performs appropriate statistical analysis.
This feature allows users to track employee training requirements and schedules in order to manage necessary training based on job classification, department, or equipment and product use. Users can establish and maintain courses, instructor qualification records, student achievement records, class rosters, and attendance records. It is designed in a manner that allows it to be linked through Document ICR to other computer base training tools, and through the use of Data Builder to load the results captured by those third-party systems.