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Classification societies and software houses are lining up to offer solutions to the headache of complying with two different fuel use reporting systems

The European Union MRV Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/757) on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport, and amending Directive 2009/16/EC entered into force on 1 July 2015. All ships of over 5,000 GT, regardless of flag, carrying passengers or cargo to/from European ports were required to submit their monitoring plans to an accredited verifier by 31 August last year.

However a quite separate requirement is also being imposed by the International Maritime Organization. Through amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, the IMO Data Collection System (DCS) came into effect in March 2018.  All ships of 5,000 GT and above must submit their IMO-DCS plan to receive a confirmation of compliance from their flag states or delegated Recognized Organisations (ROs) before 1 January 2019.


The major classification societies are gearing up to assist the large number of shipowners needing to comply by the deadline. For example in February, ClassNK Consulting Service launched a support service to help shipowners set up a Data Collection Plan (DCP) in accordance with the DCS Fuel Consumption Reporting system.


According to the IMO regulation, the gathering of data relating to fuel consumption amounts and a DCP outlining reporting procedures are required to be included in Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP) as SEEMP Part 2. As DCP must include a description of data collection methods and management procedures geared towards conditions of the ship, and a DCP is required for every ship. Further, when a ship is being transferred to another owner, a DCP with the approved flag/class of the ship is necessary immediately upon delivery for ships being delivered on or after 1 March 2018, and by 31 December 2018 for ships delivered before March.


In order to support the industry’s IMO DCS, ClassNK Consulting Service offers support by providing standard formats in addition to its existing SEEMP support service.


Bureau Veritas has introduced the first phase of My Fuel Consumption – a cloud-based and secure web application available for use on desktop, mobile and tablet. BV says that My Fuel Consumption makes compliance easy as it features a digitised process throughout the various steps of IMO-DCS (declaration of fuel consumption) and EU MRV regulations (CO2 emissions).


Phase 1 of My Fuel Consumption enables owners to fill in and submit their SEEMPs Part II as requested by IMO-DCS for their Bureau Veritas classed ships using the app, and then to follow the review progress on-line and download their confirmation of compliance.


From 2019 onwards, all ships of 5,000 GT and above will need to collect, aggregate and report fuel consumption data for each year, before 31 March  of the following year, so that flag states, or delegated ROs, can verify and validate the ship data by May 31 and issue annual IMO-DCS statements of compliance  to shipowners. This is already effective from 2018 onwards for EU-MRV applicable ships.

Phase 2 of My Fuel Consumption, planned for this June, will enable owners to complete their declarations, for both IMO-DCS and EU-MRV, through one online form. Owners will also be able to follow-up progress of their reviews with Bureau Veritas using the app and then download their statement of compliance. This will be effective for their BV-classed ships and MRV ships contracted with Bureau Veritas. 


Laurent Hentges, Vice President Operational Excellence, Bureau Veritas, commented: ”The whole point of My Fuel Consumption is to make life simpler and easier for our clients, and therefore contribute to the reduction of emissions. It also helps them to get accessible, accurate and useful data as well as being a compliance tool.” 


Meanwhile, Hanseaticsoft, a German software provider, has updated its Cloud MRV module to allow companies to easily capture and report the data required for IMO-DCS in the same place.


This solution is available as a single app or integrated into Hanseaticsoft’s ship management platform, Cloud Fleet Manager

free of charge for existing customers.


 “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended our MRV module to include the IMO-DCS regulation – adding all the formulas for the calculations, as well the ability to see distinctive IMO and MRV areas in the report section of our software,” Says Alexander Buchmann, Managing Director of Hanseaticsoft GmbH,


He adds: “This cloud-based solution enables companies to easily collate emissions data and have reports at their fingertips. As soon as the data is entered and synchronised, it can be accessed immediately by shipping staff no matter where they are based. The new IMO-DCS feature is free for existing Cloud MRV customers and ensures they are well prepared for the new regulation coming into effect in 2019.”


Companies who want to monitor and sustainably improve the overall performance of their fleet can upgrade to the full-featured Event Reporting within Cloud Fleet Manager. The Cloud Event Reporting has additional key figures available such as times of anchorage and docking, machine-related data or bunker analyses, with the MRV & IMO-DCS module included.


Cloud Fleet Manager offers one platform for companies to manage their entire fleet and for information to be centralised, processed and accessed in real time using apps and mobile devices. The software portfolio comprises more than 20 different business apps.


It looks unlikely that shipowners will lack options to turn to for help, at a price, however it is also clear that these dual reporting regimes do impose a real cost on the shipping industry.

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