Verifavia adds eight ROs to its IMO DCS Verification service

Paul Gunton
Paul Gunton

07 December 2018

With the new IMO Data Collection System (DCS) regulation due to begin in less than a month’s time, leading verification service provider Verifavia has signed eight new agreements with ROs to collect and verify data on their behalf. Under the IMO DCS rules, Verified and approved data collection plans – SEEMP Part II – are required to be in place by 1 January 2019.

Similar to the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) legislation, the IMO has devised a mandatory fuel consumption data collection system for international shipping, requiring ships of 5,000gt and above to start collecting and reporting data to an IMO database from 2019.

The eight ROs concerned are Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (Class IBS), Intermaritime Certifications Services (ICS Class), International Naval Survey Bureau (INSB Class), Marine Consultants, Surveys & Naval Register (MACOSNAR), Overseas Marine Certification Services (OMCS Class), Panama Shipping Registrar (PSR), Universal Maritime Bureau (UMB Class) and Veritas Register of Shipping (VR Class).

Each will outsource the review of their Data Collection Plans (DCPs) submissions, which outline the procedures, systems, and responsibilities to monitor fuel oil consumption data, hours underway, and distance travelled. When the verification activity has been completed, Verifavia is authorised by each RO to provide a recommendation for the issuance of the Confirmation of Compliance.

The cooperation agreements complement the already signed EU MRV strategic agreements that Verifavia has in place with Class IBS, CR Classification Society (CR Class), INSB Class, International Register of Shipping (IRS Class) and Turkish Lloyd whereby Verifavia performs EU MRV verification on behalf of these ROs for their clients.

Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping, commented, “Flag administrations, or other authorised organisations, will have to ensure that by 31 December 2018, a ship’s Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) has been updated to document the methodologies that will be used for collecting the required data and reporting that data to the flag administration”.

Earlier this year, Verifavia also became the first and only independent verifier authorised by the Panama Maritime Authority to conduct IMO DCS verification services for vessels registered in Panama. In 2017, Verifavia also became the first independent verifier authorised by the Liberia Maritime Authority. Verifavia is also authorised in Antigua & Barbuda, Vanuatu, Palau and Dominica.