The pressure is on for the shipping industry to reduce emissions. In the last few years, both the European Union (EU) and IMO have introduced regulations which require ship operators to gather and report their vessels’ fuel consumption. To help make this reporting process simple, speedy, and streamlined, DNV GL has introduced a combined reporting and verification online tool.
The EU MRV (Monitoring Reporting & Verification) and IMO DCS (Data Collection System) are designed as the first steps in a process to help the maritime industry reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from ships. They both require ship owners and operators to gather and submit fuel consumption data, which will be used to track vessel GHG emissions.
“DNV GL has had a verification tool for the EU MRV in place for some time, as the reporting started 1 January 2018, and this has now been extended to also cover the requirements of the IMO DCS,” says Geir Dugstad, Director of Ship Classification & Technical Director, at DNV GL – Maritime. “The advantage of the tool is that DNV GL is able to verify data under both regulations. This means, in combination with our reporting and verification scheme, that operators can easily transfer data for both DCS and MRV electronically through on one platform with complete confidence,” says Dugstad.
The IMO DCS regulations require that prior to reporting, operators shall provide a “Data Collection Plan” for approval, the SEEMP Part II. This data collection plan describes the procedures implemented for recording the vessel’s fuel consumption, voyage details and measures for data quality control. The SEEMP Part II plan must be attached to the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) already on board.
To make creating the SEEMP Part II hassle-free, DNV GL has set up a web application (app) where operators can simply fill in the required information to comply with the regulation. IMO DCS customers can access the app via DNV GL’s Veracity platform. To ensure that the administrative burden on operators is kept to the minimum, operators will soon also be able to directly reference their DNV GL approved MRV data collection systems and processes in the SEEMP Part II app, without having to duplicate the information.
DNV GL acts as an accredited verifier for EU MRV data, while under the IMO DCS, DNV GL acts as a Recognized Organization (RO) on behalf of the vessel’s flag authority to verify that the reported data are complete and correct.