German Shipowners’ Association Endorses Mandatory Fuel Consumption Reporting Move!



IMO’s 69th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 69) has drafted mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption as reported earlier by MFAME.

Here is an update on the same by The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) endorsing the resolution adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“In Paris, the community of states reached a consensus in December on climate protection targets within national borders – now the IMO member states have adopted the same policy for vessels sailing the global seas,” said Ralf Nagel, Chief Executive Officer of the VDR.  “The fact that all states on the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) have adopted the mandatory CO2 data collection policy despite the controversial discussion involved once again underscores the ability of the IMO to act as a global legislator for maritime shipping.”

The resolution provides for shipping companies to transmit data on fuel consumption, distances travelled and the number of operating hours of their vessels via the respective flag state of the ships to the IMO in London for evaluation purposes.

“It’s important first of all to have the CO2 data of all ships collected and analysed by the IMO.  Only if we have sound, solid data does the discussion really make sense regarding suitable objectives and measures to reduce the already low CO2 footprint of maritime shipping even further,” said Nagel.

The official acceptance of the addendum to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) by the MEPC in October is considered to be a mere formality.

Mandatory climate protection regulations already apply to maritime vessels today.  According to the relevant rules, newbuilds will need to meet ever increasing efficiency standards step by step and will be using 30% less fuel per ton-kilometre from the year 2025.  Additional factors are parameters laid down for energy-efficient ship operation.

Maritime vessels are the most efficient means of transport available.  With ships reflecting an average age of nine years (world fleet: 14 years), German shipping companies are reported to have one of the world’s most modern maritime fleets.

Source: The German Shipowners’ Association

Further to the above requirements and endorsements, VEEMS (Viswa Energy Efficiency Management System) has been successfully installed onboard some of the leading German Ship Management Companies.

“The ship managers are happy and the ship staffs are even more happy as the reporting system with all KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for energy efficiency are well structured and thus no hard work for the ship’s staff”, says Viswa Lab R&D team, who are proud and claim that VEEMS – a system designed by mariners for the mariners.

“VEEMS made our reporting so easy.  A Ship typically needs to report to charterers, Owners, managers, and now with energy efficiency coming in, we have even more reports.  VEEMS makes this process transparent and easy, where the reports are created at a button click”, says the Master of a vessel, which is managed by one of the leading German ship management company.

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