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Fuel Monitoring A Must for MPV Operations


July 1, 2015, after a two-year legislative process, Regulation (EU) N°2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification for ships, or Shipping MRV, entered into force. The regulation applies to most ships worldwide exceeding 5,000 gross tons, regardless of flag, that call at European Union ports for commercial purposes.

Multipurpose and heavy-lift ship operators have until August 2017 to prepare and submit it to an accredited verifier for assessment a monitoring plan describing the procedures, systems and responsibilities in place to monitor fuel consumption, carbon emissions, cargo carried, distance, time at sea and energy efficiency parameters.

These parameters must then be monitored for each ship and each voyage to, from and between EU ports starting in 2018, and reported in an independently Verified emissions report to the commission and the flag state by April 2019 for the last time. Finally, by June 2019, all ships touching an FU port must hold a document of compliance delivered by the Verifier that will be subject to inspection by port state authority.

 To monitor fuel consumption for each emission source onboard, shipping companies can select one or a combination of four standard monitoring methodologies involving amount of fuel onboard, bunker delivery data fuel flow data and direct emissions measurement. To determine the cargo carried and calculate the transport work, the regulation only specifies the methodologies lies the methodologies for passenger ships, containerships and roll-on,  roll-off ships.

 This leaves the decision on the determination of cargo carried for other types of ships to the implementing acts, pursuant to the Regulation 2015/757, that are expected to be published in 2016, following an ongoing consultation process at an expert group set up by the commission. [...]


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