Enterprise Systems Analytics

Ship Management System

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Reliability, efficiency, cleanliness and safety are paramount to maintaining viability for operators of Chemical Tankers, Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) Ships, Container Ships and the like. ESA’s Vessel Management System can accommodate any vessel type in Preventative Maintenance, paperless Safety Management Systems, and environmental policy integration via its proprietary, electronic management system. Entities that specialize in a core cargo sector of deliver balanced portfolios in order to optimize revenue are both well served implementing an ESA Software as a Service (SaaS) platform.

ESA’s proprietary enterprise code is the engine that powers an easy-to-use, extremely powerful maritime application designed to alert, monitor, exchange, and tracks hundreds of processes and procedures required to operate a ship at sea while having a clear window into those operations ashore. Literally every task and job description responsible for those tasks can fully integrated into the ESA Vessel Management System. Online training including uploading content, test-taking, and administrative control is available, ensuring crews are current in understanding their work scopes, while also providing a risk mitigation benefit in the face of any audit sequence. Foreign language options for content delivery are available.

As shipping cycles adjust in the face of global market gyrations, operators with a long-term view can realize enhanced Environmental Health Safety & Security (EHSS) and mechanical integrity via ESA’s Vessel Management System. Integration of ESA’s VMS can drive technical management initiatives for the even the most sophisticated carriers who demand a world class solution.

The VMS can assist in robust documentation and reliable internal/external data transfer of nautical inspections, technical inspections, operations, crewing, and sales iterations. Segment market leaders, be it owned or chartered-in contractual obligations, can drive incident-free cargo transportation initiatives through implementation of ESA’s aligned, dual-configuration system. The Shoreside Web Portal synchronizes with the Vessel Application automatically, for critical, timely transfer of data. If a ship loses connectivity for any reason, the Vessel Application keeps running indefinitely. Once the ship re-establishes connectivity, all data is immediately forwarded to the shore-based server.

Built on a .Net framework with a SQL backbone ideal for generating reports, the ESA Vessel Management System is a powerful, fully-integrated platform for fleets seeking optimization in order to maximize Return on Investment Capital (ROIC) during any shipping cycle. ISM conformant document management functionality teams with various Task Engines to automatically drive, communicate and record the most routine maintenance procedure to the most mission-critical tasks, from cradle to grave.

Varying levels of access based on responsibility and risk management is built into the VMS. Workers only see and report to tasks inherent in their daily task list. As an employee or contractor’s responsibility increases, the wider the application opens – aggregating access, alerts, controls, and tracking mechanisms. Administrators both at sea and at shore have virtual dashboards, with intelligence available across a single vessel or entire operation. Since ESA’s SaaS is web-based, this data is available anywhere in the world, at anytime, with nothing but a web browser and ample connectivity.

ESA’s singular business initiative is to cultivate, maintain and grow long-term relationships with its clients. The VMS is 100% adaptable and scalable.

ESA provides free, initial consultation via conference call and webinars. ESA can also assist in the assessment and delivery of your entity’s standards suite, be it ISM or ISO related.


The MARPOL Convention is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. It is a combination of two treaties adopted in 1973 and 1978 respectively and updated by amendments through the years.

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) was adopted on 2 November 1973 at IMO and covered pollution by oil, chemicals, harmful substances in packaged form, sewage and garbage. The Protocol of 1978 relating to the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (1978 MARPOL Protocol) was adopted at a Conference on Tanker Safety and Pollution Prevention in February 1978 held in response to a spate of tanker accidents in 1976-1977. (Measures relating to tanker design and operation were also incorporated into a Protocol of 1978 relating to the 1974 Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974).

As the 1973 MARPOL Convention had not yet entered into force, the 1978 MARPOL Protocol absorbed the parent Convention. The combined instrument is referred to as the International Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), and it entered into force on 2 October 1983 (Annexes I and II).

The Convention includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships - both accidental pollution and that from routine operations - and currently includes six technical Annexes:
Annex I Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution by Oil
Annex II Regulations for the Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk
Annex III Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form
Annex IV Prevention of Pollution by Sewage from Ships
Annex V Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships
Annex VI Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (entry into force 19 May 2005)

July 2009 amendments
Entry into force: 1 January 2011

MARPOLAnnex I amendments - transfer of oil cargo between oil tankers at sea
amendments to MARPOL Annex I for the prevention of marine pollution during some ship-to-ship (STS) oil transfer operations.
The new chapter 8 on Prevention of pollution during transfer of oil cargo between oil tankers at sea will apply to oil tankers of 150 gross tonnage and above and will require any oil tanker involved in oil cargo STS operations to have, on board, a plan prescribing how to conduct STS operations (the STS Plan), which would be approved by its Administration.
Notification to the relevant coastal State will be required not less than 48 hours in advance of the scheduled STS operations although some relaxation to this rule is allowed in certain, very specific, cases. The regulations are not intended to apply to bunkering operations.
Consequential amendments to the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate, the Supplement to the IOPP Certificate and the Oil Record Book.
MARPOL Annex I Oil residue (sludge) amendments
Amendments to MARPOL Annex I regulations 1, 12, 13, 17 and 38, relating to the on board management of oil residue (sludge). The amendments clarify long standing requirements and remove existing ambiguities in order to facilitate compliance by ships' crews. Definitions for oil residue (sludge), oil residue (sludge) tanks, oily bilge water and oily bilge water holding tanks are introduced for the first time.
Related amendments to the Supplement to the IOPP Certificate, Form A and Form B, and to the Oil Record Book.

The 2008 amendments

Revised Anned VI adopted October 2008: MEPC.176(58) Amendments to the Annex of the Protocol of 1997 to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (Revised MARPOL Annex VI)

October 2008 MARPOL amendments - revised Annex VI

Amendments to the MARPOL Annex VI regulations to reduce harmful emissions from ships even further.
The main changes to MARPOL Annex VI will see a progressive reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships, with the global sulphur cap reduced initially to 3.50% (from the current 4.50%), effective from 1 January 2012; then progressively to 0.50 %, effective from 1 January 2020, subject to a feasibility review to be completed no later than 2018.

The limits applicable in Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECAs) will be reduced to 1.00%, beginning on 1 July 2010
(from the current 1.50 %); being further reduced to 0.10 %, effective from 1 January 2015.

Progressive reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from marine engines were also agreed, with the most stringent controls on so-called "Tier III" engines, i.e. those installed on ships constructed on or after 1 January 2016, operating in Emission Control Areas.

The revised Annex VI will allow for an Emission Control Area to be designated for SOx and particulate matter, or NOx, or all three types of emissions from ships, subject to a proposal from a Party or Parties to the Annex, which would be considered for adoption by the Organization, if supported by a demonstrated need to prevent, reduce and control one or all three of those emissions from ships.

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