Norwegian classification society DNV GL has secured an accreditation from Germany's DAkkS to verify the new European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation on ships visiting the EU ports.
The MRV regulation forms part of the EU's wider commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and mandates the operators to monitor and report on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions based on ship fuel consumption.
All merchant ships with 5,000t capacity or above calling at EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) ports will be affected by the new regulations.
Ship owners and operators will be obliged to prepare and submit a monitoring plan for each of their ships that fall under the scope of the restrictions by 31 August.
DNV GL will then verify the monitoring plans and emission reports in accordance with the ISO 14065:2013 certification scheme. The regulation's first monitoring period is scheduled to begin by next year.
DNV GL vice-president Oliver Darley said: “DNV GL has followed the development of the MRV regime since its infancy, and we have tried to support regulators to make the scheme both pragmatic and effective.
“As such, receiving the first EU MRV accreditation from DAkkS is an important sign of the work we have put into developing our competence and processes for the new regime.
“At the same time, we have invested heavily in putting in place a set of digital solutions that will make compliance as simple and transparent as possible for our customers, for example our free MRV monitoring plan app.”
The society also noted that its free-of-charge MRV monitoring plan app is available through the My DNV GL portal.
Image: DNV GL vice-president Oliver Darley (L), and DNV GL MRV manager Nils Wegener (R). Photo: courtesy of DNV GL.