Verifavia Shipping signs cooperations with 8 ROs to support IMO DCS verification
Verifavia, the world’s leading emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), has announced 8 new cooperation agreements with Recognized Organisations (ROs), supporting the verification of data for the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Data Collection System (DCS) regulation.
ROs including 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) 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.
Similar to the European Union’s (EU) Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) legislation, the IMO has devised a mandatory fuel consumption data collection system for international shipping, requiring ships of 5,000 GT and above to start collecting and reporting data to an IMO database from 2019. Under these new strategic cooperations, the ROs will leverage Verifavia’s market-leading knowledge of these regulations for the benefit of their clients.
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 authorized in Antigua & Barbuda, Vanuatu, Palau and Dominica.
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.
This news also follows the recent announcement of major cooperations with two of the world’s largest ship managers; Wallem Ship Management in Hong Kong and Zeaborn Ship Management in Hamburg (a consolidation of E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement), to conduct verification services for EU MRV and IMO DCS, as well as certification of associated IT systems.