When to worry about the coming EU- MRV scheme?
The EU MRV scheme is coming. In August 2017 shipping companies need to hand in the new “Monitoring plans” to their verifiers, and in January 2018 the monitoring of “CO2 emissions based on fuel consumption” starts. The only unclear item is still what exactly the verifiers will need to check. We expect more clarity at the end of this year though.
Some shipping companies have started thinking about what to prepare, some have not. For some shipping companies MRV will be no problem and only a little extra work. Shipping companies that find themselves in the following situations should really worry about the coming MRV scheme and should start preparing now!
There is no voyage reporting available or taking place
Widely accepted practice in shipping is to report key voyage data with departure, begin of sea passage, noon, end of sea passage and arrival with key data like position, time, speed, distance, consumption, cargo, weather, etc. If that is not in place or only done for the charterer and not available to you, then this needs to be changed. Only vessels sailing exclusively in EU waters or with more than 300 voyages are exempted from the voyage reporting.
Voyage reporting is done via plain e-mail with no further onshore treatment
Many voyage reports are simple e-mails in a certain format that the captain sends daily to a list of recipients. They see the vessel is still “alive” and close the e-mail again. The data stays on the e-mail server and is not further processed onshore. We expect the need to have a proper electronic voyage log abstract for the verification. To manually create this log abstract from hundreds of e-mails per year for a single vessel, and for an entire fleet, is an impossible task.
Voyage reporting data is not further worked with or data quality is not known
If the voyage data is electronically available onshore in a database, then the biggest hurdle still exists. If nobody in the shipping company is working with the data, e.g. for post-voyage calculations or performance management, be assured that the data quality will be pretty bad. The voyage event sequence is broken, reports are missing, time stamps or positions are wrong and the core content like consumption, cargo or speed are not plausible. Under the MRV scheme this will end up in getting no verification, or even if verification is passed somehow your EEOI ranking available to the public might look pretty bad.
Shipping companies having at least one of these issues need to start fixing them now. If you have a proper voyage reporting system in place, start working with the data, e.g. start doing performance management. This will, next to the benefits of performance management, improve data quality. For those with no voyage reporting or the traditional noon e-mails, switch to a proper software based voyage reporting system. They will deliver MRV reports automatically and ensure proper data quality with self-checks in the software. There are a few on the market, with DNV GL’s Navigator Insight being the widest used around the globe (>750 vessels reporting).