The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced a mandatory Data Collection System (DCS) for international shipping, which requires ships above 5,000 gross tonnage to start collecting and reporting fuel consumption and CO2 data to an IMO database from 2019.
To help companies comply with the new regulation, Hanseaticsoft, a leading German software provider, has updated its Cloud MRV module to allow companies to easily capture and report the data required for IMO-DCS in the same place. This solution is available as a single app or integrated into Hanseaticsoft’s ship management platform, Cloud Fleet Manager free of charge for existing customers.
Like the EU MRV regulation that came into force in January 2018, the IMO-DCS has been developed to sustainably monitor and reduce emissions by measuring CO2 emissions in the maritime industry. EU MRV and IMO-DCS schemes overlap in various areas, with the IMO-DCS regulation covering the rest of the world.
The new regulation defines guidelines for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions for vessels with more than 5000 GT. IMO-DCS data will be reported to a ship’s flag state after the end of each calendar year and then it will be verified to ensure it has been reported in accordance with the requirements before a statement of compliance is issued for the ship.
Customers using the Cloud MRV will be able to easily capture and analyse data using one system and have quick and easy access to reports about the fleet at any time. As data can be entered directly on board – it will save the crew time.
The data collection requirements include the origin and destination information; the amount of fuel consumed in total and the emission factors; the amount of CO2 emitted; the distance travelled; time spent at sea, as well as the cargo carried and details of transport work.
Alexander Buchmann, Managing Director of Hanseaticsoft GmbH, says, "We’re pleased to announce that we’ve extended our MRV module to include the IMO-DCS regulation – adding all the formulas for the calculations, as well the ability to see distinctive IMO and MRV areas in the report section of our software.
“This cloud-based solution enables companies to easily collate emissions data and have reports at their fingertips. As soon as the data is entered and synchronised, it can be accessed immediately by shipping staff no matter where they are based. The new IMO-DCS feature is free for existing Cloud MRV customers and ensures they are well prepared for the new regulation coming into effect in 2019,” adds Mr Buchmann.
Companies who want to monitor and sustainably improve the overall performance of their fleet, can upgrade to the full-featured Event Reporting within Cloud Fleet Manager. The Cloud Event Reporting has additional key figures available such as times of anchorage and docking, machine-related data or bunker analyses, with the MRV & IMO-DCS module included.
Cloud Fleet Manager offers one platform for companies to manage their entire fleet and for information to be centralised, processed and accessed in real time using apps and mobile devices. The software portfolio comprises more than 20 different business apps.