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DNV GL Gives Practical Tips in Dealing with EU MRV and IMO DCS

With two important milestones coming up for the EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation and IMO's fuel data collection system (DCS), DNV GL seeks to help ship owners get on track with some practical recommendations.

The two upcoming milestones are:

  • The verified MRV annual emission report for 2018 should be submitted to the European Commission (EC) by 30 April 2019
  • Data collection for IMO’s fuel data collection system (DCS) started on 1 January 2019

MRV Emission Reports

By 30 April 2019, operators and managers responsible for vessels subject to the EU MRV scheme shall, per EU regulation 2015/757 Art. 11.1, submit the annual emissions report for 2018 to the EC.

The emission report (for each vessel) shall by then be verified as complete and correct by an accredited verifier. From experience, the submitted emission report content (information and data) often needs updates to satisfy the EU regulations. To allow sufficient time for the customer to update the emission report and for DNV GL to perform the verification, DNV GL advises to submit reports to your verifier as soon as possible and before 30 April 2019.

Document of Compliance

A verified MRV emission report constitutes the basis for the Document of Compliance (DoC) that can be downloaded from Thetis after DNV GL, as verifier, have marked the emission report as “verified as satisfactory” in Thetis. This DoC needs to be on board of every relevant vessel no later than 30 June 2019 per EU-Regulation 2015-757 Art. 18.

Reporting of EU MRV Emission Reports to the EMSA Thetis Database

Verified annual emission reports shall be submitted to the EC. EMSA’s Thetis MRV database has been set up for this purpose. EMSA has provided further information and video tutorials on their website. 

Please note that uploading the monitoring plan and the status of the monitoring plan to Thetis is not mandatory – but is possible as part of the voluntary module in Thetis. Approval of the MP is handled completely independent of Thetis, that is, directly with the verifier.

This is what you need to do to get access to Thetis MRV:

  1. Apply for a registration as a company user.
  2. Enter MRV company details.
  3. If necessary, add additional users under the same company account.
  4. Define e-mail notification as deemed appropriate.
  5. Request a partnership to the classification society as verifier.
  6. Receive a confirmation from the classification society to accept the request as verifier.
  7. Add ships under the scope of the regulation.
  8. Update missing mandatory ship particulars.
  9. Generate and upload to Thetis the annual ER using the verified xml-files.

New Buildings – DCS SEEMP II/MRV Monitoring Plan

New buildings will at the time of delivery from the yard need to have on board an approved Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) Part II, and, if going to trade in the EU, an MRV MP. 

If DNV GL is the verifier, the MP and SEEMP II may conveniently be prepared and submitted for approval by using the DNV GL apps available on the Veracity data platform. The new owner will be given access to the apps shortly before vessel delivery from the yard. After approval, the required compliance documents will be available in “Fleet Status” in Veracity.

Change of Owner, Flag or Verifier During a Reporting Year

An overview of the different change events and how these are handled for MRV and DCS are provided on page 2 of the related technical news PDF by DNV GL.


Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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