ClassNK Consulting Service, a subsidiary company of ClassNK, has launched a support service to assist shipping companies in setting up data collection plans in accordance with the DCS (Data Collection System) fuel consumption reporting requirement introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). According to the amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships MARPOL Annex VI that make the data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships mandatory as of 1 March 2018, data collecting and reporting for ships of 5,000 gross tons and more engaged in international voyages will be required beginning in 2019. According to this regulation, the gathering of data relating to fuel consumption amounts and a data collection plan (DCP) outlining reporting procedures are required to be included in Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) as SEEMP Part 2. As DCP must include a description of data collection methods and management procedures geared towards conditions of the ship, a DCP is required for every ship. Further, when a ship is being transferred to another owner, a DCP with the approved flag/class of the ship is necessary immediately upon delivery for ships being delivered on or after 1 March 2018, and by 31 December 2018 for ships delivered before March. In order to support the industry’s IMO DCS, ClassNK Consulting Service offers DCP support by providing standard formats etc. in addition to its usual SEEMP support service.