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Verifavia organises free MRV Masterclasses at Posidonia


Verifavia highlighted the widespread confusion surrounding the European Union’s (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation. To demystify the legislation and support ship owners and operators in working towards compliance, Verifavia Shipping will organise ‘free-to-attend’ masterclasses at Posidonia in Athens from 6-10 June 2016.

Shipping companies with vessels exceeding 5,000 GT operating in the EU have until 2017 to prepare plans to monitor and report their carbon emissions and transport work. Adopted last year, the MRV regulation will see the EU collect and make publicly available data for over 12,000 vessels visiting EU ports.

Through its partnerships with ship owners and operators, engagement with the industry, and active role in the European Commission’s Shipping MRV subgroup of experts on verification and accreditation, Verifavia Shipping has identified four key areas of concern for ship owners. The most frequently asked questions relate to what is classed as a voyage, which emissions sources are included or excluded, the differences between the four allowable monitoring methods, and the various key deadlines ship owners must adhere to.

Nikolas Theodorou, Verifavia Shipping (Hellas) Ltd, managing director, explained:

“We have been working in partnership with several shipping companies and ICT solutions providers to help them become MRV-ready. Although those organisations are now confident that they have the systems, capabilities and understanding to comply, what is very clear to us is that, overall, there still remains a lot of misunderstanding within the industry around the Shipping MRV regulation. We hope that by offering these free masterclasses at multiple convenient times during Posidonia, ship owners and everyone involved will feel better equipped to navigate the road to MRV compliance.”

Verifavia Shipping has worked with companies including DFDS and Greece-based NEDA to perform a ‘pre-verification gap analysis’ that identifies compliance and system design issues, enabling correction by ship owners and operators before enforcement begins. With most of the technical details of the regulation already agreed legally or at working group level, there is enough information available for ship operators to start MRV today and avoid the MRV verification bottleneck expected in 2017. [...]


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