EU MRV Monitoring Plan - What ship owners must know?
In this video and blog post, we shed some more light on the EU MRV monitoring plan and answer the questions: What is a monitoring plan and what does it contain?
Creation and assessment of monitoring plan
As mentioned in the previous video, the first action for ship owners will be to create a monitoring plan and to submit it for verification to an accredited MRV Shipping verifier by 31 August 2017.
If you operate a vessel in Europe for the first time after this date, you will need to submit your plan without undue delay and no later than 2 months after your first call in a European port.
Content of monitoring plan
The monitoring plan consists of a complete and transparent documentation of a vessel’s MRV management and control system. It contains not only basic company and ship information but also goes into great detail when answering the following questions:
- how do you keep the list of emission sources up-to-date
- how do you make sure the list of voyages is complete
- how do you monitor fuel consumption and activity data such as cargo carried
- how do you deal with data gaps
- how do you ensure data quality
- what are your control activities and what do you do when you detect errors
Implementation and plan modifications
As a ship owner, it’s important you read the plan and really understand it because you will need to adhere to the procedures that are described in the plan for the first time in 2018. Equally important is that following the assessment, you check regularly, and at least annually, whether your monitoring plan is still accurate and whether the monitoring methodology can be improved.
There are a couple of situations in which you will not only need to amend your monitoring plan but also schedule a second assessment with your verifier. For example, this is the case if you use fuels that are not mentioned in the plan or if you add new emission sources.