DNV has introduced a new digital tool, EEXI Calculator, for clients to comply with the upcoming Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI).

The new regulation is anticipated to be adopted at the 76th meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76).

If adopted, the regulation will come into force from January 2023.

It is a medium-term element of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) workplan towards minimising global shipping’s carbon emissions by 40% in the next decade in comparison with 2008 levels.

The EEXI will evaluate existing vessels’ energy efficiency based on their design.

It ascertains the standardised carbon emissions associated with the ship’s speed, installed engine power, transport capacity and degree of energy efficiency.

All cargo, Ro-Pax and cruise vessels above 400gt will come under the new directive based on their propulsion type and international trade.

According to DNV’s estimates, nearly 30,000 vessels need to adhere to the upcoming EEXI regulation as of now.

DNV Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said: “The EEXI is putting a great deal of pressure on ship owners to take immediate action in order to analyse the energy efficiency of their fleet and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance.

“At DNV, we understand the difficulties the industry faces in meeting this regulatory deadline. This is why we have tailored our new EEXI Calculator to meet this need.”

DNV has developed two pathways to help clients prepare for EEXI compliance.

The calculator has been customised for high volume vessel segments, including tankers, bulkers and containers.

The tool can be accessed via the Veracity portal under ‘Fleet Status’.

Based on the client’s uploaded data, the calculator will generate an EEXI calculation and technical file.

In a statement, DNV said: “For more complex cases, and when the customer wants to save time and effort, DNV’s advisory experts can work with customers to map out a pathway to compliance, identify the correct parameters for the calculation and assist in preparing the required documentation.”

Prior to this, DNV introduced a new digital tool, Compliance Planner, for its users to track the requirements and legislation deadlines for their vessels and fleets.