Monday, May 4, 2020

Tenth Anniversary for Shipping and Air Industry Emissions and Vessel Recycling Verification Company

Requirements for Regulatory Compliance Keep Expanding
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – As the world changes over time new fields spawn businesses in hitherto unimaginable sectors. With the passing of the industrial revolution and entry into the age of plastic and that of the carbon fuelled internal combustion engine, the current generation has suddenly awoken to the crisis of climate change, an insidious threat less immediately visible than our current pandemic, but ultimately far more dangerous.

This month one company which has evolved in this scenario is celebrating its first decade is Verifavia, which claims to be the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport industry. In the ten years since its inception the company, which specialises in the aviation and shipping sectors, has established partnerships with more than 400 global clients.

Beginning life as a French one man start up, Verifavia now provides independent environmental verification, certification and auditing services for aviation, including airlines, business jets and helicopters, airports, and maritime transport worldwide.

In support of the European Union (EU) Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation, Verifavia launched its emissions verification services in July 2015. Leveraging its extensive background and success in the aviation industry, Verifavia brought its emissions verification expertise to the shipping sector, representing the first company to provide EU MRV services and the first independent verifier to provide International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Data Collection System (DCS) verification. Poul Woodall, Director of Environment and Sustainability, DFDS commented:

“Verifavia has made the EU MRV compliance process a smooth and straightforward process. The team’s professionalism, expertise, and knowledge of the regulation is impressive alongside providing a competitively-priced service. More and more customers include a request for environmental data in their tenders”

In 2019, to again support ship owners in complying with new legislation, Verifavia expanded its service offering to provide hazardous materials preparation and maintenance services. The EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) prohibits or restricts the installation and use of hazardous materials (like asbestos or ozone-depleting substances) on board ships, as well as making it mandatory for ships to carry on board a certified IHM specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials. The EU SRR also requires the IHM to be updated throughout the ships’ operational life, whether equipment is installed, modernised or replaced.

Verifavia’s specialist hazmat team is one of the largest in-house teams in the industry and conducts investigations in line with the terms of the EU SRR and the Hong Kong (HK) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. Within one year of providing IHM preparation services, the team now has over 650 vessels under IHM contract and has already surveyed more than half of these vessels.

Verifavia works in all continents across the globe, with staff based in Europe, India, Singapore, Panama, Turkey, the US, Australia, Hong Kong and China. The shipping branch employs 56 staff members, including full time colleagues, and sub-contractors based in the largest ports around the world to ensure availability of services at short notice.

The key of course to providing such services is credibility and CEO Julien Dufour says the company’s independence enhances the credibility of verification and auditing and prevents potential conflicts of interest. One example is its use of independent laboratories throughout the IHM process to ensure impartial, reliable and accurate results. Apart from being accredited to the ISO 14064 standard, Verifavia also follows the requirements of ISO 17021 and ISO 9001 to ensure the highest quality of services. Commenting on this ten-year anniversary, Dufour continued:

“Verifavia has grown extensively over the past decade and we are proud our customers now have access to our experts globally. As the recognised leading independent verifier for airlines, we have been able to transfer our expertise to shipping over a period of enormous change for the industry. As environmental pressure and expectations increase from within the industry as well as from society as a whole, we are proud to support progress and compliance with new legislation.

”Working with seven of Lloyd’s List’s top ten ship managers for 2019 is just one illustration of the efficient, timely, and cost-efficient expertise we provide. As we continue to grow, we remain committed to leveraging the technical expertise and industry knowledge of our team, combined with an innovative approach and streamlined procedures, to deliver a top-class, professional, and competitively-priced service for our clients. And we look forward to continuing to build even further on our strong foundations.”

Photo: DFDS has relied on Verifavia to monitor its green credentials.