Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ocean Shipping Required to Verify and Report Emissions from 2018

Outsourced Data Group Has Over 1,000 Vessels Signed Up
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – With pollution avoidance high on everyone's agenda (except perhaps Mr Trump's) all the major shipping group's have been keen to implement systems to monitor the emissions emanating from ocean freight carriers of all types. Whilst some choose to calculate the noxious matter produced by their own fleets, others turn to specialists which report back with the relevant key performance indicators and, in the case of ports in the EU, reporting verified emissions from large vessels will be mandatory from next year.

Verifavia, claims to be the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector, both in the fields of aviation and shipping, and this week announced that it now has over 1,000 ships and Monitoring Plans (MPs) under assessment for compliance with the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) regulation. The new EU regulations apply to all ships exceeding 5,000 gross tonnes as from 1 January 2018.

At the time of writing Verifavia has 1,063 vessels signed up, a significant milestone for the company which became the first globally accredited verifier to receive dual accreditation under ISO 14065 standard and Regulation 757/2015 three months ago. With accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and France’s national accreditation body, Cofrac, the company is able to assess or verify any ship, anywhere in the world, regardless of country of ownership, flag state, or class.

As well as the shipping industry names signed up which include such luminaries as NORDEN, DFDS, Fairmont Shipping, E R Schiffahrt and China Navigation, global ICT providers, such as StormGeo, are entrusting Verifavia to certify their EU MRV ICT solutions, which seek to streamline the data collection and reporting process for shipping companies needing to comply with the EU MRV Regulation. The company is currently working with circa 60 shipping companies and has certified EU MRV solutions and systems for 16 ICT providers. Verifavia Shipping CEO, Julien Dufour, comments:

“We feel proud and honoured that so many shipping companies have entrusted Verifavia to ensure a smooth EU MRV verification process. Verifavia remains committed to working collaboratively with ship owners and operators to achieve EU MRV compliance in an efficient, timely, and cost-efficient manner.”

For a complete picture of how the EU wishes owners to comply, plus a look at what verifiers must achieve to have their statistics accepted, this link will lead to the comprehensive list of requirements.