The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a mandatory Fuel Oil Data Collection System (DCS) for international shipping, requiring ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or above to start collecting and reporting data to an IMO database from 2019.
It was adopted by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC70) on 28th October 2016 as amendments to chapter 4 of annex VI of MARPOL, adding a new Regulation 22A on Collection and reporting of ship fuel oil consumption data and new appendices covering Information to be submitted to the IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Database. These amendments came into force on 1 March 2018.
What it means?
- Ships of 5’000 GT and above have to submit annual reports on fuel consumption, distance travelled and hours underway to their Administration, according to the Methodology set out in the Part II of the Ship Energy Efficiency Monitoring Plan (SEEMP).
- The 2012 Guidelines for the Development of a SEEMP have been revised accordingly and new 2016 Guidelines were adopted at MEPC (Resolution MEPC.282(70)).
- Aggregated data will be reported to a ship’s flag State after the end of each calendar year, which will need to verify that the data has been reported in accordance with the requirements before issuing a Statement of Compliance to the ship.
- Administrations will submit aggregated data to IMO for anonymized publication.
EU MRV and IMO fuel data system compared
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> Comparison of EU MRV vs IMO DCS by Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping