Getting to grips with carbon legislation
The European Union’s new MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) legislation is causing significant confusion within the shipping industry, with shipowners continuing to grapple with the requirements.
However, like it or loathe it, the MRV regulation is now a fact of life for more than 12,000 vessels visiting European ports every year and compliance is non-negotiable.
From 1 January 2018, any vessel over 5,000gt, regardless of flag or nationality, which calls at an EU port must monitor and report CO2 emissions on a per-voyage basis, as well as the associated transport work.
Questions about what is classed as a voyage are common. In simple terms, a port of call is a port where a ship stops to load or unload cargo, or to embark or disembark passengers. A voyage is a trip between two ports of call. Stops for the sole purposes of bunkering, crew changes, or maintenance, and so on, are not considered to be a port of call. A reportable voyage is a voyage that involves at least one EU port. Consequently, all stops and voyages, as well as the purpose of the stops, must be appropriately recorded so reportable voyages can be correctly identified and monitored. [...]
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