The IMO DCS came into force!
Today, the amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22A, on the fuel oil data collection of ships came into force.
Starting from 1st January 2019, ships of 5,000 Gross Tonnage (GT) or above shall collect fuel consumption data, hours underway and distance travelled according to procedures, systems and responsibilities to be outlined in a Data Collection plan (DCP), which is to be included in the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) Part II by December 2018.
The DCS shall be prepared in accordance with the 2016 Guidelines for the Development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan adopted by Resolution MEPC.282 (70), and shall be reviewed by the Flag Administration or an organisation duly authorised by it. A Confirmation of Compliance is issued by the Flag Administration confirming the successful review of the DCS, which should be kept on board for the period of its validity.
Following the end of each calendar year and no later than 31st March of the subsequent year, ships shall submit to the Flag Administration or an organization duly authorized by it, the fuel oil data, hours underway and distance travelled for the previous calendar year. Upon verification of the data in accordance with Resolution MEPC.292(71) adopting
the 2017 Guidelines for Administration verification of ship fuel oil consumption data, the Flag Administration shall issue by 31st May 2020 to the ships a Statement of Compliance
related to fuel oil consumption which should be kept on board for the period of its validity.
VERIFAVIA SHIPPING strongly encourages shipping companiess to start considering the methodology for collecting the fuel oil consumption data that is most appropriate for each ship, which may be similar to the methodology selected for the EU MRV Regulation since the acceptable methodologies are the same between the two programmes. The SEEMP shall be amended using the template outlined in Appendix 2 of the 2016 Guidelines for the development of a SEEMP.
VERIFAVIA SHIPPING also encourages shipping companies to use the EU MRV Monitoring Plan (MP) data and information to complete the DCP as most of the required information is already available in the assessed MP. VERIFAVIA SHIPPING also recommends to streamline procedures, systems and responsibilities to ensure common and consistent set of procedures valid for both EU MRV and IMO DCS.
Finally, VERIFAVIA SHIPPING recommends shipping companies to upgrade IT tools to ensure data is collected for all ships wordlwide consistently. One common platform / data collection process should result in two separate reports: 1/ EU MRV Emissions Report; 2/ IMO DCS Fuel Data Report.
IMO DCS compliance timeline
IMO DCS vs. EU MRV comparison
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