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ESSF plenary meeting to discuss EU MRV delegated and implementing acts


The European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) 6th Plenary Meeting was held in Brussels on 28th June 2016 to discuss the way forward with regards to the delegated and implementing acts pursuant to the Regulation 2015/757 ‘EU MRV’. The EU MRV Regulation that came into force on 01st July 2015, foresees the development of such acts to define the technical details for an effective implementation of the regulation.

Under the umbrella of the ESSF, the European Commission set two expert groups: one group dealing with Monitoring and Reporting (M&R), and the other group dealing with Verification and Accreditation (V&A) of verifiers. Both groups have met five times in Brussels between July 2015 and May 2016. The outcome of their work was presented at the ESSF Plenary Meeting in the form of two reports reflecting the deliberations and recommendations of each working group. Verifavia Shipping was an active member of the MRV group on Verification & Accreditation but also followed closely the work of the MRV group on Monitoring & Reporting.

The main task of the M&R group was to define the rules for the determination of cargo carried on-board ships other than the three types already considered in the Regulation (passenger ships, container ships and ro-ro ships). The M&R group recommended relevant parameters for the reporting of cargo carried for oil tankers, chemical tankers, LNG carriers, gas carriers, bulk carriers, general cargo ships, refrigerated cargo ships, vehicle carriers, combination carriers, ro-pax, container / ro-ro cargo, and other ship types. In general, the proposed cargo parameter is the mass of the cargo on-board but for some ship types the volume of cargo on-board or the deadweight carried was deemed more relevant. The most challenging ship type to consider was the ro-pax, as the fuel consumption has to be split between the fuel used to transport passengers, and the fuel used to transport cargo – given that mixing passengers and cargo in the same energy efficiency parameter would not be pertinent. [...]

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