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Verifavia: The IMO DCS deadline is around the corner

30 Aug 2018

Emissions verification company Verifavia has issued a reminder to shipowners and operators to submit their data collection plans for the IMO Data Collection System (IMO DCS) to verifiers by the recommended IMO deadline of September 1st to ensure timely verification.

The IMO Data Collection System (IMO DCS) which came into force on March 1st 2018 requires ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or above to collect and report data on fuel consumption, distance sailed, and hours underway to an IMO database from 2019. 

“We’re encouraging ship owners and operators to submit their DCPs against the IMO’s recommended deadline to ensure timely verification,” says Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping.

“As the IMO DCS largely flows from the EU MRV regulation, the reality is that the process for compliance should be relatively easy and straightforward. If shipowners comply with EU MRV, they are also likely to comply with the IMO DCS.”

According to Verifavia, the EU MRV and IMO DCS regulations which are now both in force are relatively straightforward and the industry is overcomplicating its response to meeting these requirements.

The EU MRV system was designed to ignite the building of an international system and the IMO DCS flows directly from it. The EU MRV has 37 items on its template of requirements, while the IMO DCS template has only 9 items. Despite some minor differences between the two, the same methodologies are applicable for both regulations.

“There continues to be a common and unhelpful misconception that data must be submitted to the verifier in a certain format, or that data should be generated from a verifier’s software, which goes beyond regulatory requirements,” explains Dufour.

“This is placing an unnecessary burden on shipowners and operators. If the content submitted to the verifier fulfils the requirements, the format of the data is largely irrelevant.”

Verifavia has developed a comprehensive free-to-access FAQ guide to help the shipping industry to help alleviate uncertainties surrounding the compliance process for the upcoming IMO DCS deadline. The FAQ guide can be found here.

Published: 30 August, 2018

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