Supplier of maritime digital data and compliance services, ChartCo, has launched the latest version of its EnviroManager software to help shipowners and operators comply with environmental regulations and maximise operational efficiency.
EnviroManager 5.4 displays permitted and not-permitted discharge levels depending on the location of the vessel and the regulations that apply to the waters it is sailing in. This ensures that crew do not accidentally discharge illegal waste into surrounding waters, which can result in heavy fines or even vessel detainment.
The software covers bilge water, sewage, air emissions, garbage, food waste and ballast, all regulated by MARPOL (the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships).
EnviroManager displays the vessel’s distance from land as measured by the official country baseline, as supposed to the shoreline, which is identified on a navigational chart. Incidents have occurred where skippers have unintentionally illegally discharged waste due to being under 3NM from the requires baseline.
The software integrates the most recent regulation, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) which entered into force in September 2017. EnviroManager shows designated ballast water exchange areas and regional ballast water discharge requirements, including State-specific requirements in the U.S.
ChartCo’s system operates using GPS to show regulations at any given position of the vessel. The database is regularly updates to include all agreed national and international baselines.
EnviroManager was launched in early 2017 and has to date been installed on more than 500 vessels, according to ChartCo.