Rivertrace integrates e-ORB tool to extend water quality solution


Martin Saunders, Operations Director, RivertraceMartin Saunders, Operations Director, Rivertrace



Rivertrace, the smart water quality monitoring technology provider, is offering an integrated SMARTSAFE ε-ORB discharge monitoring system. The solution incorporates Rivertrace’s security system monitoring equipment with Prevention at Sea’s ε-ORB (PAS electronic Oil Record Book) software application.

The data collected by Rivertrace’s SMARTSAFE ORB will be automatically entered into the certified Electronic Oil Record Book, Prevention at Sea’s Ɛ-ORB, removing the need for manual entries. The API connecting the two systems was created by digital technology provider Intellore.

The SMARTSAFE ε-ORB has been developed under a newly formed joint venture SENSƐAS, in which both companies are exclusively working together to develop sensor technology with maritime software to provide the industry with a smarter, simpler way to improve processes and recording data.

Rivertrace originally developed SMARTSAFE ORB as a complete interlocked system that enables the electronic recording of discharges, to prevent the use of “Magic Pipes”, illegal discharges and to minimise discrepancies in a ship’s oil record book. In its simplest form, SMARTSAFE Ɛ-ORB utilises GPS and records each ‘event’ of the bilge water discharge process.

Recent updates to SMARTSAFE ORB have made the system smaller and lighter with installation requirements simplified. The system now features a camera that is integrated into the separator interface to capture tampering for increased security.

Streamlining record keeping

The integration of Prevention at Sea’s ε-ORB software application will now allow users to replace traditional paper oil record books (ORB) (Part I and Part II) and facilitate accurate ORB entries into an efficient electronic format. This prevents the input of vague entries, incorrect ORB format and code mismatches and supports automatic and secured transmission of records between the fleet and their operator offices by using the existing communication systems on board.

Prevention at Sea’s ε-ORB system was the first ORB to be approved by a major flag state (Liberian Registry). Since then it has achieved certification from three IACS members and several approvals from most major flag states.

Together the combined SMARTSAFE ε-ORB promotes transparency, credibility, and traceability in accordance with the MARPOL,  IMO Circ. 736/Circ. 2 and MEPC 312(74) requirements.

Martin Saunders, Operations Director at Rivertrace says: “We believe that the collaboration between Rivertrace and Prevention at Sea will be very beneficial for the customer bases of both companies. Digital technology is changing the landscape of our industry and through this strategic technology integration, we are supporting our customers in their quest for simplified, continuous monitoring and efficient operations.”

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