A Call For Data Transparency By BSM; Meeting IMO Guidelines


Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is preparing to meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) upcoming Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), which will enter into force January 1, 2023, says an article published in VPO Global.

Navigating The Complexities

Through a process of vessel performance monitoring, decarbonisation management, data collection and data analytics managed out of its own Fleet Performance Centre (FPC), BSM is helping owners navigate the complexities of these requirements and reduce their carbon footprint. 

Preparing for EEXI and CII

“These new regulations call for a more proactive approach towards managing carbon intensity while encouraging data transparency.

Our aim is to enable our crews onboard, shipowners and charterers to make data-driven decisions for most efficient vessel operations that reduce their environmental impact and comply with or even go beyond the requirements of international regulations,” explained Anil Jacob, BSM’s head of fleet performance.

Meeting Aims

To meet these aims, BSM is rolling out a series of new technical consultancy services and solutions to help owners in complying with EEXI and CII requirements.

In addition, BSM has strengthened vessel performance capabilities at its FPC to include a state-of-the-art, central Fleet Monitoring Centre (FMC).

Optimisation Of Voyage

At this 24/7 real-time performance monitoring facility, major fuel consumption contributors such as the hull, machinery, route, and weather are tracked to ensure voyage optimisation, CII compliance and increase vessel energy efficiency.

The FPC is engaging with key vessel charterers to establish communication protocols leading to optimisation of voyage planning and execution, which is critical for the CII ratings.

Supporting shipowners in EEXI implementation

The EEXI is a measure introduced by the IMO to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of in-service vessels over 400 gross tonnage and is related to the technical design of the ship.

To attain EEXI compliance, many shipowners and operators are now assessing their vessels’ energy consumption and carbon emissions and generating preliminary technical files in preparation of surveys for its International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC) after 1 January 2023.

In-House EEXI Calculator

To help clients determine their EEXI compliance status, BSM developed an in-house EEXI calculator to compute the required and attained EEXI values of the managed fleet and generate the corresponding EEXI Technical Files.

Consultancy Services

BSM also offers consultancy services to improve the EEXI status by working on compliance gaps and identifying suitable solutions specific to the vessel.

The data-backed recommendations centre around technical and operational improvement methods for the ships.

Improving CII 

The CII rating scheme determines ships’ operational carbon intensity on a performance scale from A to E.

In future, low-rated ships will need to submit a corrective action plan to demonstrate how the required index rating of C or above will be obtained.

Improvement Options

CII compliance improvement options could include voyage optimisation, just-in-time arrival management, continuous hull performance monitoring, speed optimisation, switching to low-carbon fuels and retrofitting vessels with energy-efficient technology.

Releasing Additional Tools

With this in mind, BSM has developed a CII calculator addressing the CII ratings of its entire fleet.

This year, the FPC will release additional tools for CII performance monitoring services, including predictive algorithms, to assist owners with vessel CII improvement investigations.

Bringing Down Carbon Emissions

“Ultimately, the EEXI and CII measures seek to develop a mindset of continuous benchmarking and improvement, such that it provides a case for vessel or operational modifications to bring down onboard carbon emissions.

These capabilities at the Fleet Performance Centre will be of value to any shipowner, regardless of their fleet size,” added Jacob.

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Source: VPO Global



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