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IMO Data Collection System (DCS) Verification

Under the IMO Data Collection System (IMO DCS), every ship of 5,000 GT or above must prepare a Data Collection Plan (DCP) within the SEEMP Part II that must be submitted for review to the Flag administration or a duly authorized organization before 1st September 2018. 



The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22A, on the fuel oil data collection of ships (IMO DCS) came into force on 1st March 2018.
Starting from 1st January 2019, ships of 5,000 Gross Tonnage (GT) or above shall collect fuel consumption data, hours underway and distance travelled according to procedures, systems and responsibilities to be outlined in a Data Collection plan (DCP) within the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) Part II.

The DCP shall be prepared in accordance with the 2016 Guidelines for the Development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan adopted by Resolution MEPC.282 (70), shall be submitted to the Flag Administration or any organisation duly authorised by it by 1st September 2018 for a rview that must be completed by 31st December 2018.

A Confirmation of Compliance is issued confirming the successful review of the DCP, which should be kept on board for the period of its validity. 

The Data Collection Plan (DCP)

The DCP is a plan that describes the ship's particulars as well the procedures, systems and responsibilities used to monitor fuel consumption, hours underway and distance travelled. The DCP must be created within the Part II of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and be available on-board the vessel.

The DCP is very similar to the EU MRV Monitoring Plan but consists in only 9 sections:
  1. Ship particulars
  2. Record of revision of Fuel Oil Consumption Data Collection Plan
  3. Ship engines and other fuel oil consumers and fuel oil types used
  4. Emission factor
  5. Method to measure fuel oil consumption
  6. Method to measure distance travelled
  7. Method to measure hours underway
  8. Processes that will be used to report the data to the Administration
  9. Data quality
The template of the Confirmation of Compliance of the SEEMP Part II (DCP) can be found in the MEPC.1/Circ.876 which can be downloaded here (see the Annex).

The template of the DCP can be found in the Guidelines for the development of a SEEMP (MEPC.282(70)) which can be download here (see Appendix 2).

The fuel oil data report

After the end of the monitoring period (2018), every ship of 5000 GT or above shall prepare a fuel oil data report using a standardized data reporting format provided by IMO. 

The fuel oil data report requires the following elements:
  • method used to measure fuel oil consumption
  • fuel consumption for each type of fuel
  • hours underway 
  • distance travelled
  • power output (auxiliary engine(s) and main propulsion power
  • ice class (if applicable), EEDI, DWT, NT, GT, ship type, IMO number, start and end dates
The fuel oil data report shall be submitted to the Flag Administration or any organization duly authorized by it for verification.

The standardized data reporting format can be found in the Guidelines for the development of a SEEMP (MEPC.282(70)) which can be download here (see Appendix 3).

The template of the Statement of Compliance for the fuel oil data report can be found in the IMO Resolution MEPC270(70) which can be downloaded here (see Appendix X).

What Verifavia Shipping can do for you

Verifavia Shipping is fully authorized by the Panama Maritime Authority, the Liberia Maritime Authoritythe Antigua & Barbuda Department of Marine Services, and the Commonwealth of Dominica to provide IMO DCS verification services.

Verifavia Shipping collaborates with several Recognized Organizations (ROs) to offer IMO DCS verification services for ships registered in other selected Flag States.

Our authorizations and partnerships allow us to provide a streamlined combined IMO DCS / EU MRV verification services to our clients with a single point of contact.

We currently have 1600 ships under EU MRV contract, and a growing number of ships under IMO DCS contract.

For more information about our accreditations and authorizations, please click here.

For more information about the IMO DCS, please click here.

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