Complying with IMO DCS and EU MRV regulations for a greener shipping

introduction reporting and verification
On 1st January 2019 started the 1st reporting period for owners and operators in need to comply with IMO Data Collection System (DCS) whose regulatory scheme came into force just 1 year after EU introduced MRV regulation 2015/757.
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In particular starting from 1 January 2019 all Owners and operators of ships of 5.000 gross tonnage must collect fuel oil consumption data according to a methodology which should have been described and included in the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP Part II). After the end of each year these data need to be submitted to a Recognized Organization (RO) or Flag state. Then on yearly basis (starting from 31st May 2020 onwards) RO or Flag State will issue annual DCS statements of compliance to shipowners which should be kept on board as long as it is valid.

Prior to this SEEMP Part II should have been submitted to a RO or Flag State by latest 31 December 2018.

Similar to the IMO scheme the EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation (whose 1st reporting period started 1 year before IMO DCS one) requires shipowners to submit a Monitoring Plan to an accredited verifier pointing out methods used to determine CO2 emissions of each ship of 5.000 gross tonnage and above calling any EU port with 1st emission report (as aggregated data) to be published on 30th June 2019 by European Commission.

Both EU MRV and IMO DCS requirements are mandatory and intend to be the first step in a process to collect and analyze emission data related to the shipping industry. The outcome of both schemes will be annual reports stating CO2 emissions per vessel (EU MRV) or aggregated fuel consumption (IMO DCS) with the common goal to reduce noxious emissions from the shipping business and more in general to mitigate climate change.

The data and aggregated information collected through both regimes might then eventually be used in the future to cut emissions through the introduction of an Emission Trading Scheme or by providing incentives to owners. Specifically, for IMO, the Greenhouse Gases (GHG) strategy for 2050 was agreed in the 72th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting and aims at the reduction of GHG by 50% by 2050 compared to a baseline of 2008. The measures to achieve this goal will be based largely on the information that will be gathered through the IMO DCS.

DNV GL is ready to support owners and operators as a reliable and competent partner in both roles: As an accredited verifier for the EU MRV system or as a Recognized Organization (RO) authorized to verify compliance the IMO DCS on behalf of several flag states. Further to that DNV GL offers a seamless digital verification scheme that significantly improves efficiency and reduces the required workload from the owner/manager side.

DNV GL's Maritime Academy is offering to that end, a two-day course aiming to transfer the necessary knowledge and skills to support trainees when called upon to manage, supervise and conduct the assessment of seafarer competence in accordance with the above.

To provide more additional information on both regulatory schemes DNV GL developed dedicated web pages and guidelines and webinars whose links are listed here-below:

Additional information on IMO DCS regulation might also be found at IMO dedicated webpage:

Since a critical part of the implementation of both regulatory schemes lays in the need to raise awareness of both on-board and shore-based personnel Maritime Academy recently developed following workshop-style training for those companies who prefer to have face-to-face guidance to deepen their understanding of both IMO DCS and EU MRV requirements and their consequences:

For more information or application please contact your DNV GL Maritime Academy.