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IMO Data Collection System – Part 1

In this video, we shed some more light on the fuel oil consumption data collection system from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Although the first compliance deadline is still far away, ship owners and managers whose vessels are covered by the European MRV Shipping system should already think about compliance with the new IMO rules. Because the data collected for MRV Shipping can be used for IMO compliance so, to avoid redundancy, it would indeed make sense to combine both processes.



What is the IMO data collection system?

The IMO data collection system requires vessels above 5,000 GT to collect, aggregate and report information on their fuel oil consumption, distance travelled and hours underway. Contrary to EU MRV Shipping, all voyages are included. However, the IMO system is much lighter because it requires companies to monitor and report only a portion of the information required by the European system.


You can learn more about the differences between both systems by reading the arcticle EU vs IMO - What are the differences between the two Shipping CO2 regulations?


The IMO data collection system was adopted on 28 October 2016 during the 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70). This has been achieved by amending Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).


When does monitoring start?

The first reporting year is 2019. However, as the first action, companies will need to update, for each vessel above 5,000 GT, the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) to include a description of the monitoring methodology and the reporting process. This must be completed by 31 December 2018.



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