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IMO Data Collection System (DCS) Verification

Verifavia is the first Independent verifier to provide IMO DCS verification services

Our strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry will allow all Liberian-flagged vessels to benefit from independent IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services by Verifavia.

About the IMO Data Collection system

The IMO has outlined a roadmap through 2023 which is focused on developing a comprehensive strategy for the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping. In April 2015, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to mandatory requirements for ships to record and report data on their fuel consumption. Thereafter, in October 2016 at the 70th meeting, it was decided that these requirements would be adopted as modifications to MARPOL Annex VI.

About our cooperation agreement

We have signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct IMO DCS and EU MRV verification services for Liberian-flagged vessels. The Liberian Registry – the second largest in the world – includes more than 4,200 vessels aggregating 150+ million gross tonnes, representing 12 percent of the world’s ocean going fleet.   
As part of the new strategic cooperation, Verifavia Shipping will leverage its existing knowledge and expertise as an independent EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) dual-accredited verifier to deliver streamlined and efficient verification services to Liberian-registered vessels. Verifavia will offer verification services under both the IMO’s DCS and the EU’s MRV regulations, which have clear objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.
Given the strong commonalities between the EU and IMO monitoring schemes, the strategic cooperation provides shipowners and operators with additional reassurance that independent EU MRV accredited verifiers have the knowledge, expertise, and understanding to provide support in navigating the requirements and challenges relating to both EU MRV and IMO DCS regulations. 
Shipowners of Liberian-flagged vessels that are required to comply with EU MRV will also benefit from obtaining a verification service from a single point of contact and a single verification audit based on the same primary data and procedures. This consolidated approach will ensure a cost effective and streamlined reporting verification process.  

About the Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry is the world’s most technologically advanced maritime administration. It has a long-established track record of combining the highest standards of safety for vessels and crews with the highest levels of responsive and innovative service to owners. Moreover, it has a well-deserved reputation for supporting international legislation designed to maintain and improve the safety and effectiveness of the shipping industry and protection of the marine environment.

Next steps

Verifavia is the first globally accredited verifier to receive dual accreditation under the ISO 14065 standard and Regulation 757/2015, and the first independent accredited verifier to sign an agreement with a flag state administration. The company is in the process of being recognised by other major flag states and will announce additional partnerships in due course. 

> Read our Press Release
> Read article from Hansa
> Read article from Ship&Bunker
> Read article from Green4Sea
> Read article from Liberian Registry
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