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Greek shipowners work with ABS on MRV preparation

ABS has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation for CO2 emissions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“The EU MRV Regulation establishes a regional regime that requires owners to put in place systems and practices that provide clear and precise evidence of compliance,” said Dr Kirsi Tikka, ABS executive vice president, global marine.

“Leveraging its knowledge and experience, ABS has worked with these proactive owners to help them understand the requirements and to find solutions that minimize interruptions to their ability to trade.”

The European Union’s Regulation 2015/757, which applies to ships above 5000GT calling at EU ports, requires that owners establish and maintain accurate processes for all aspects of the regulation to provide evidence of compliance.

Although ship emissions monitoring does not begin until January 1, 2018, Monitoring Plans must be submitted to the accredited Verifiers no later than the end of August of 2017.

Tanker owners Maran, Thenamaris, Minerva, Euronav and Tsakos started working with ABS in 2014 to begin preparing an MRV plan, the results of which were shared with INTERTANKO. As the project developed, the group was joined by CMM and bulk carrier operator Golden Union.

Testing took place over six months on a fleet of 15 vessels, including Aframax tankers (including ice class), Suezmax tankers, MR product/chemical tankers, an LR2 Product Carrier, a dual-fuel LNG Carrier, a steam-powered LNG carrier and Capesize bulk carriers.

At the end of the data-gathering phase, ABS reviewed emission reports, assessing the reliability, credibility and accuracy of the monitoring systems and the resulting reported emissions data and information. A summary of findings identified where existing fuel measurement systems, data flow and reporting needed to be aligned with MRV requirements.

In related news, ABS has also launched ABS Nautical Systems Vessel Performance – a software tool that aims to track key performance indicators (KPIs), while also supporting environmental compliance and reporting, including the MRV.

“We take an innovative approach to vessel performance and this solution delivers the industry’s most comprehensive performance management tool available,” said Stephen Schwarz, vice president and COO of ABS Nautical Systems.

“By uniting all the major aspects of performance management, informed by the understanding of vessel design, our solution provides the next generation of actionable insight and decision support with custom-designed visualisations of KPIs and is backed by consultation with ABS experts at regular intervals.”

NS Vessel Performance uses a ship-specific performance model based on vessel design characteristics to create performance predictions, using sea trial data and other relevant information to establish performance baselines.

Based on the performance model and analyses of regularly captured data, KPIs are established within the tool to enable decision support ashore and on board the vessel, allowing users to create operational profiles for fleet-wide comparison of operational efficiency, maintenance strategies and conformance to charter party requirements.{/mprestriction}

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