MRV compliance


The EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation entered into force on 1 July 2015, and it requires ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels larger than 5,000 gross tonnage (GT) calling at any EU and EFTA (Norway and Iceland) port. Data collection takes place on a per voyage basis and starts 1 January 2018. 

The reported CO2 emissions, together with additional data, are to be verified by independent certified bodies like DNV GL and sent to a central database managed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The aggregated ship emission and efficiency data will be published by the EC by 30 June 2019 and then every consecutive year.


MRV applicability

Ship owners and operators shall monitor the CO2 emissions of their vessels per voyage conducted into, between and out of EU (and EFTA) ports. A “voyage” is defined as any movement of a ship that originates from, or terminates in, a port of call (EU port) and that serves the purpose of transporting passengers or cargo for commercial purposes. 



A first step for ship owners and operators in complying with the EU MRV regulation is to prepare a monitoring plan for each of their ships that falls under the scope of the regulation. 

The monitoring plan is subject to verification by an independent verifier and should therefore be submitted by 31 August 2017 at the latest. 

The steps following this can be seen in the overview below, with reporting commencing on 1 January 2018 and reoccurs annually, from Jan 1 to Dec 31. 


“Cargo” in the context of the MRV Regulation

Cargo carried depends on the ship type and the definitions of ship type as attained from the IMO EEDI framework. 

The definition of cargo carried for passenger, ro-ro, and container ships is described in the regulation (EU) 2015/757, while the regulation (EU) 2016/1928 contains a definition for other vessel types. 

These definitions are summarized in our FAQ section under "About the EU MRV Regulation", question: "What is the definition of “cargo carried” for the different ship types?".

EU MRV Regulation with DNV GL

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