Regulator roundtable Class societies weigh in on some of the regulatory compliance issues that should be on radar for shipowners and operators By John R. Snyder, Publisher & Editor in Chief
hip owners and operators are under ever increasing regulatory pressure, particularly on the environmental side. The global sulfur cap of 0.5% in fuel will enter into force by January 1, 2020—less than two years away—and operators must quickly decide upon a strategy to comply that makes operational and economic sense. Existing Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will also tighten their grip, and Ballast Water Management (BWM) will continue to supply its own special headaches. We asked a group of classification society experts to weigh in on the current regulatory landscape, as well as provide some practical advice for ship owners and operators on different compliance options. Below is an overview of what they had to say.
Environmental Regulation Still Tops the Agenda “Continuing a recent trend, the highest regulatory impact on shipping in the near
future will come from environmental legislation,” Andrew Sillitoe, Lead Specialist, Regulatory Risk Assessment, Regulatory Affairs, Lloyd’s Register. Comments Sillitoe: “The ongoing political and technical drive to reduce air emissions from ships is being focused on both greenhouse gases, specifically CO 2, and locally hazardous gases, most notably SOx. “At an international level, the IMO is still finalizing its greenhouse gas reduction strategy, but it has already taken immediate steps to address CO 2 emissions from new and existing ships with the introduction of the data collection system requirements, under MARPOL Annex VI.” Sillitoe points out that from January 1, 2019, ships will need to monitor their fuel consumption, ready to report the year’s data to their flag state. Flags will contribute to a global data collection exercise in order to give a clear picture of the scale of CO 2 emissions from the world’s ships. Shipowners need to consider each ship in their fleet
and develop a plan, documented in their Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), which reflects the most appropriate method of monitoring fuel consumption for that vessel. “At the moment,” he says, “this is the extent of the regulatory requirements, but we can expect that over the longer term the data gathering exercise will be a step towards introducing more targeted CO 2 emission reduction measures for the world fleet, including new and existing vessels. These will bolster the steps which have already been taken, and continue to be, to improve the fuel efficiency of new ships at the design stage through compliance with the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). “At a regional level, the EU has introduced its own scheme a year ahead of the IMO’s requirements. The Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation requires ships, which trade in EU waters to report their CO2 emissions. Again, this will enable a clearer understanding of the scale of CO2 February 2018 // Marine Log 17
Published on Feb 13, 2018