- Keywords: Statutory, Maritime
Relevant for ship owners and managers.
Some recommendations to make your IMO DCS implementation process more efficient:
1. EU MRV Monitoring Plan accepted as a basis for SEEMP Part II
For ships with an EU MRV Monitoring Plan, the monitoring method described in the plan will be accepted as the data collection method required in the SEEMP Part II. The MRV data requirements are more comprehensive than for DCS. As such, the MRV Monitoring Plan content also fulfils the requirements for DCS if the same method is applied also outside the EU. To accept this “combined solution”, the EU MRV Monitoring Plan shall be approved by DNV GL (we cannot accept EU MRV Monitoring Plans approved by other verifiers)
Some other useful practicalities:
- A SEEMP Part II Fuel Oil Consumption Plan should be issued referring to the EU MRV Monitoring Plan. This SEEMP Part II shall be kept on board the vessel together with the EU MRV Monitoring Plan, as part of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).
- A Confirmation of Compliance document will be issued.
- Any references in the EU MRV Monitoring Plan that only apply to voyages within the scope of the EU MRV shall be understood to include all voyages in the context of this (SEEMP Part II) data collection plan.
- For 2019 and beyond, for the combined EU MRV / IMO DCS reporting solution: if you are reporting for MRV, you will also fulfill the IMO DCS reporting requirements if reporting throughout the year (i.e. also for voyages outside the EU).
This option will be available for DNV GL customers under Fleet Status on the Veracity platform (separate tab for MRV and DCS).
To create the SEEMP Part II plan, you simply click
"Create plan based on MRV"
- Start early! Deadline for submission of the SEEMP Part II is 31 December 2018, but we recommend you submit your Part II for approval before the end of September 2018 – this to ensure verification before the year’s end.
- For those who do not use DNV GL for EU MRV verification, we recommend you develop the SEEMP Part II Fuel Oil Consumption Plan in our app for easy compliance. The app is available in My Services on Veracity (this is for DNV GL customers only)
- We also recommend you start reporting fuel oil consumption data already on 1 January 2019, and not wait until end of the year to submit all data. This allows you to correct any reporting mistakes or improve routines as soon as possible.
- If reporting for MRV, the same reporting format can be used for DCS as well, but reports must then also cover voyages outside the EU.
- If reporting for IMO DCS only, customers can select to report by daily (noon) reports or at all port departures and arrivals. DNV GL recommends that departure and arrival reports are supplemented by, for instance, noon reports to ensure that there is at least one daily report.
- Remember that bunker delivery notes must be reported for both MRV and DCS.
We do recommend that those of our customers who have used our app for generating the EU MRV Monitoring Plan, use this as basis for generating the SEEMP Part II for IMO DCS compliance. This saves time and money, and ensures compliance. For those of our customers who not already use DNV GL for EU MRV verification, or do not sail in the EU, we recommend to use our SEEMP Part II app for IMO DCS compliance.
- DNV GL web pages on IMO DCS
- Technical and Regulatory News from May 2018: "Practical advice for IMO DCS data collection starting 1 january 2019"
- For customer: DATE - Direct Access to Technical Experts via My Services on Veracity
- Otherwise: use our office locator to find the nearest DNV GL maritime office.
2020 Sulphur update - outcome of the MEPC 74
The 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) was held at IMO in London on 13–17 May 2019. This was the last MEPC meeting before the 0.50% global sulphur limit takes effect on 1 January 2020, and the focus was on the implementation and completion of guidelines to help stakeholders prepare and ensure consistent implementation. We strongly recommend stakeholders to prepare in due course and update plans according to the latest IMO guidance. This statutory news contains a summary of sulphur-related resolutions and circulars adopted at MEPC 74.
EU MRV and IMO DCS - some practical recommendations
This technical news contains some recommendations relevant to both EU MRV and IMO DCS.
Prepare for the Global Sulphur Cap 2020 with the IMO Ship Implementation Plan
The IMO has agreed on 1 January 2020 as the date for switching to 0.50% sulphur fuel globally. Now, as ship owners face the daunting task of preparing for the fuel oil switch, proper planning is essential. The IMO Guidance for developing a Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) is a useful tool, and described further in this technical news.
Survey by remote inspection techniques - use of approved service suppliers
The use of remote inspection techniques (RIT) is increasing. Today, drones, climbers, or robot arms, can be used as an alternative to close-up surveys in both the DNV GL rules and IACS Unified Requirements. RIT may significantly reduce the survey time and costs, while improving the safety of surveyors and the owner’s personnel. From 1 January 2019, DNV GL has approved the use of service suppliers for RIT. This technical news explains how RIT can be used and how suppliers can achieve DNV GL approval.
IMO requirements July 2018 to May 2021
This statutory news summarizes the most important IMO requirements entering into force from 1 July 2018 up to and including 31 May 2021.
Outcome of the IMO SSE 6 meeting - from habitable life boat environments to Ro-Ro deck fires
The IMO sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE) met in London on 4–8 March 2019. This statutory news summarizes the main topics discussed, such as, life-saving appliances, fire safety of Ro-Ro passenger ships, and on-board lifting appliances. All agreements made at the meeting are subject to final approval by MSC 101 in June 2019.
Recommissioning of laid-up ships and mobile offshore units - how to avoid surprises
When the market moves back from a downturn, vessels are leaving the lay-up buoys and the focus shifts from preservation to recommissioning. DNV GL has accumulated its best practices into a revised Recommended Practice (RP) containing a new approach for assurance of non-class equipment and systems during recommissioning.
Sulphur limit in ECAs - increased risk of PSC deficiencies and detentions
DNV GL keeps customers and other stakeholders updated on various aspects of the global 2020 sulphur cap and its implications for maritime shipping. While the global cap of 0.5% is just around the corner – entering into force on 1 January 2020 – this PSC news focuses on existing emission control areas (ECAs) with a 0.10% sulphur limit and the role of port state control (PSC) inspections.