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Hapag-Lloyd preparing for monitoring and reporting compliance

Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg Express Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg Express DNV GL

DNV GL reports that Hapag-Lloyd is preparing to become the world’s first shipowner certified as ready for EU MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) emissions regulations set to be finalised later this year.

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The MRV regulations are being designed to progressively integrate maritime emissions into the EU's policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The first stage in this process is verification of emissions data monitoring and reporting, and DNV GL claims Hapag-Lloyd is well on the way to compliance in this regard.

“We are carrying out the examination work in line with the requirements of the DNV GL Environmental Passport-Operation – a programme aimed at providing a complete certified operational emission inventory, which addresses all of the emissions covered in MARPOL,” said Dr Jörg Lampe, senior project engineer for risk & safety and systems engineering at DNV GL.

“We are very pleased to be working with Hapag-Lloyd to develop a solution that will allow shipping companies to more easily meet the challenges of complying with the upcoming MRV regulations. Being willing to get out in front of the MRV regulations through early certification shows their leadership in this area and could be a valuable commercial advantage.”

The certification also includes a validation of the monitoring-reporting software used on board Hapag-Lloyd’s containership fleet.

“Tracking and improving our emissions is important, not only for us as a firm but for our customers,” said Richard von Berlepsch, senior director ship management, Hapag-Lloyd.

“Therefore we are always trying to take proactive steps to anticipate upcoming regulations and be prepared with a compliance solution.”

The MRV regulation (No 525/2013) is a proposal that would create a legal framework across the EU for collecting and publishing verified annual data on CO2 emissions from all ships over 5,000 gross tons that use EU ports, regardless of where the ships are registered.

Shipowners would have to monitor and report the verified amount of CO2 emitted by their ships on voyages to, from and between EU ports. The regulation is expected to be finalised this year, but may not come into force until 2018, according to DNV GL.

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