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Two Groups Clean Up as Container and Other Ocean Freight Vessels Eye Emissions

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US – EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – At a time when everyone in the logistics game is concentrating on cleaning up their respective acts two companies in very different fields are each ‘doing their bit’ to ensure shipping lines reach their emission targets as regards air and waterborne emissions. Vessels such as containerships will have to contend with ever severer restrictions on what they pump out into the atmosphere and the oceans, and with fierce competition for every kilogramme of freight operators are also conscious of having to keep a weather eye on costs.

Five shipping companies, DFDS Seaways, Euronav Ship Management, NEDA Maritime Agency, Seaspan Ship Management and Synergy Maritime, have appointed Verifavia Shipping to ensure they are compliant with the latest European Commission’s (EC) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) rules. MRV Regulation 2015/757 came into force in July 2015 and is viewed as a first step towards cutting CO2 emissions from maritime transport in the European Union (EU). From 2018, it will require operators of ships exceeding 5,000 gross tonnes to monitor, report and submit their independently verified carbon emissions on all voyages to, from and between EU ports.

The accreditation process is not yet open to potential verifiers of maritime transport. Verifavia has been accredited for the aviation sector since 2010 and will apply to UKAS for extended accreditation as soon as the process has been finalised. In the meantime, Verifavia Shipping is performing ‘pre-verification gap analysis’ audits as well as independent carbon emissions verification for shipping companies for trial purposes and on an informal basis. [...]

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