Transport emissions verification company Verifavia has expanded its global offering of verification services to include the Clean Shipping Index (CSI).
CSI is an independent rating system that was initially established in 2011 to assess the environmental performance of ships and shipping companies, as well as encourage sustainable practices via market incentives for clean shipping.
The addition of CSI is anticipated to enhance Verifavia’s portfolio of services for the shipping sector, which currently includes EU Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), IMO Data Collection System (DCS) and Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) verification.
The newly signed agreement will allow Verifavia to offer its CSI verification services to shipowners worldwide.
Verifavia Shipping CEO Julien Dufour said: “We are proud that the Clean Shipping Index has entrusted Verifavia to be the first non-class verifier to perform CSI verification.
“We are confident that our knowledgeable and experienced surveyors, all with seafaring experience, will deliver a top-class service grounded in in-depth technical knowledge.”
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Shipowners are able to receive the CSI verification by completing a short questionnaire regarding the environmental performance of the respective ship against the clean shipping criteria.
The vessel is subsequently awarded a score between 0-150 based on the information provided, which determines the environmentally friendliness of the ship.
A higher score implies greater vessel performance within the verification system.
Clean Shipping Index director Merijn Hougee said: “Despite being a voluntary scheme, we are seeing increasing pressure from cargo owners who are looking beyond their own factory gates to ensure that they operate in an environmentally friendly way throughout their supply chain.
“Shipping companies choosing to become CSI certified and obtain good environmental performance may therefore benefit from customer preference, as well as reduced fairway and port fees.”
Verifavia has already verified ships for Viking Line and Færgen and is expected provide CSI certification to more than 30 ships in the first quarter of next year.