Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Shipping Lines and Managements Worried by the Sulphur Cap Can Get Independent Verification

Two Major Players Sign Up to Prove Complicity Over Emissions
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – So let us say you are a major bulk or container shipping line, about to be bound as from January 2020 by the incoming sulphur cap imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). You have decided on the method each of your fleet is going to use to ensure you cut emissions and reduce the sulphur oxides (SOx) your vessels produce. Who however will take your word, particularly at a time when such mandatory policies have been proved to have been circumvented on the road by the likes of VW, Audi et al?

The answer is a verification company and Verifavia, which undertakes such work for both maritime and aviation sectors, has announced major cooperation’s with two of the world’s largest ship managers, Wallem Ship Management in Hong Kong and Zeaborn Ship Management of Hamburg (a consolidation of E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement).

Working for the two groups the French headquartered outfit will conduct verification services for European Union (EU) Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) purposes and for the IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS), as well as certification of associated IT systems. Individual entities have very strict requirements in terms of the way the data should be submitted to them, many which go beyond regulatory requirements, and which Verifavia says is placing an additional burden on ship owners and operators.

The company says that working with one trusted verifier means ensuring complicity with these regulations rather than risking a conflict of interest between class societies. It is also a way to diversify the suppliers and limit the extent of the monopoly of IACS members. Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping, who believes there is a common and unhelpful misconception that such data must be submitted to the verifier in a certain format, commented:

“A key driver for both these organisations has been the ability to work with a verifier that offers maximum flexibility. If the content is complete and compliant with the requirements of the regulations, it can be submitted in any format, from simple spreadsheets, to advanced mark-up language format, or more complex formats used in IT systems for monitoring vessel performance. We then take the burden of transforming the data into a workable format for the verification.

“We are extremely proud to be working with both Wallem and Zeaborn Ship Management, and believe that this is testament not only to our expertise, but also our genuinely differentiated approach as an independent emissions verifier. Both companies will now benefit from obtaining a flexible, top-class verification service at a reasonable price from a single point of contact, streamlining the reporting and verification process.”

Through their agreement with Zeaborn Ship Management, Verifavia Shipping will provide EU MRV verification services as well as IMO DCS verification on most of their Liberia and Panama flagged vessels. It will also certify all of the IT systems used by Zeaborn Ship Management for these regulations. For Wallem, Verifavia will also provide verification services for EU MRV and IMO DCS across a number of its Liberia and Panama flagged vessels, as well as certifying independent IT system, Vertex SMMS.