Is IMO-DCS so much easier to comply with than EU-MRV ?
After EU-MRV the new global IMO-DCS (Data Collection Scheme) is coming in 2019. For the EU-MRV scheme all ships need to report their CO2 emissions per voyage conducted into, between and out of EU (and EFTA) ports. A “voyage” is defined as any movement of a ship that originates from, or terminates in, a port of call (EU port) and that serves the purpose of transporting passengers or cargo for commercial purposes. In other words:
- A reportable voyage is a voyage where at least one port of call is in the EU.
- A port of call is a port where a ship stops to load or unload cargo or to embark or disembark passengers.
- A voyage is a journey between two ports of call.
For managing more than a handful of vessels only a proper voyage reporting system will give you all the required information and creates emission reports correctly and automatically.
IMO-DCS (for more Information look at www.dnvgl.com/maritime/imo-dcs) where fuel consumption needs to be reported from next year onwards for all underway passages globally sounds so much simpler. Is this true?
Not quite, as the devil again is in the details. Both schemes require (first time) a data verification, not a management system verification. An auditor needs to work more like a certified public accountant checking consistency, completeness and reliability / accuracy of the data. These checks are comparable on both schemes, e.g.,
- Is the underlying data complete and does it cover all consumptions and all underway time / distance ?
- Can a vessel of this size consume so much at this speed ?
- Does hours underway and distance travelled make sense e.g. when comparing it with external data like AIS ?
Having converted almost 2.000 vessel now from e-mail and Excel reporting to a modern voyage reporting system (our Navigator Insight) we know that most excel inhouse solutions will fail in data quality. Also the required data summaries in IMO DCS (similar to the MRV emission reports) that are in the regulation and now tested by the first flag states require:
- Proper book keeping on bunkered, consumed and corrected fuels
- Daily fuel consumption, distance travelled and hours underway summary, basically a log abstract of all voyages under own propulsion.
Doing this manually for more than a handful of vessels is quite some effort as it needs to be in a consistent, complete and accurate matter. Without the help of a proper voyage reporting system this task is almost impossible. Starting late with the verification of the data will produce a large amount of work for your office staff and crews that can be avoided taking care already within 2019.
Our Navigator Insight voyage reporting system together with our ECO Insight fleet performance solution is fully prepared for IMO-DCS. You can already today produce an IMO-DCS “data summary” report. The data verification will happen again fully digitally in the same manner like for EU-MRV.
The real value from ECO Insight does not come from saving lots of working time of your staff, but to improve vessel performance, e.g., Charter Party compliance, hull & engine degradation, engine & system usage, lubes consumption etc. This is done on the same collected data from the same systems like EU-MRV and IMO-DCS. Compliance helps you save costs and improve your competitiveness.