American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has won accreditation from Greece's national body the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD) to perform assessments for European Union (EU) monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) compliance on ships.
The accreditation will enable ABS to conduct third-party assessment to verify whether ships traveling to, from and between EU ports comply with the EU MRV requirements.
EU MRV regulation or EU Regulation 2015 / 757 came into force in 2015, and requires the ships' operators and owners to develop and implement a carbon dioxide emissions monitoring plan. It also requires them to submit a report that is verified by an independent third party.
American Bureau of Shipping global marine executive vice-president Kirsi Tikka said: “With multiple ways to meet EU MRV requirements, owners look for a trusted advisor like ABS to evaluate the options.
“As the first accredited-class society, ABS is already working with owners and operators to help them verify that their monitoring plans are in compliance with the requirements.
“This recognition by the ESYD further demonstrates our leading role in providing EU MRV compliance solutions.”
ABS will use its nautical systems (NS) fleet management software to conduct MRV compliance assessment through the NS voyage performance manager module.
The NS Autologger featured in the software can automatically capture the assessment data.