The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of IMO in the 69th session meeting at IMO Headquarters in London (18 to 22 April) has approved draft amendments to the MARPOL, it is mandatory fuel consumption data collection system, intended to be the first in a three-step process in which analysis of the data collected. It would provide the basis for an objective, transparent and inclusive policy debate in the MEPC. Key features of this policy is as below;
- To date, IMO is the only Organization to have adopted energy-efficiency measures that are legally binding across an entire global industry.
- Due to new measures by 2025 all new ships built will be 30% more energy efficient than those built in 2013.
- IMO would be required to produce an annual report to the MEPC, summarizing the data collected. Data would be anonymized so individual ship data would not be recognized.
- This would allow a decision to be made on whether any further measures are needed to enhance energy efficiency and address greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
“Under the system, ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above will be required to collect consumption data for each type of fuel they use, as well as other, additional, specified data including proxies for transport work. The aggregated data will be reported to the flag State after the end of each calendar year and the flag State, having determined that the data has been reported in accordance with the requirements, will issue a Statement of Compliance to the ship. Flag States will be required to subsequently transfer this data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database.”
Source – International Maritime organization