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KR and Swiss Climate EcoCare in IMO DCS MoU

(l-r) Michael Suhr, Korean Register, with Philipp Ahrenkiel and Nico Krumbeck, Swiss Climate EcoCare (l-r) Michael Suhr, Korean Register, with Philipp Ahrenkiel and Nico Krumbeck, Swiss Climate EcoCare

The Korean Register (KR) and Swiss Climate EcoCare have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together in the provision of IMO DCS (International Maritime Organization, Data Collection System) services for the maritime industry.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The provisions of the IMO DCS carbon dioxide emissions monitoring and reporting programme impose new data collection duties on shipping companies from 1 January 2019. KR is already a Recognized Organization for IMO DCS and an accredited third-party verifier for EU MRV (measurement, reporting and verification), and will similarly act as an authorised verifier under IMO DCS.

This verification process involves assessment of a company’s SEEMP Part II, verification of emission data based on MARPOL Annex Ⅵ regulation 22 & 22A, and the issuing of the respective certificates.

Swiss Climate EcoCare is also an independent EU MRV and IMO DCS verifier and has offered fully digitalised and automated verification services for the collection and transfer of IMO DCS related data since 2017, using its web application Cockpit.

The MRV Cockpit software can be connected via an interface to the vessel performance monitoring system (VPMS) on board to receive emissions data automatically.

Under the terms of the MoU, users applying the Cockpit app to verify IMO DCS related data received from ships will be able to connect to KR for independent verification, validation and certification of the data.

“Our certification services are independent, completely neutral and we work as independent IMO experts, but the Cockpit app offers sophisticated, user-friendly software for data transmission, which will enable us to increase our technical services and expertise for customers across the European market,” said Michael Suhr, technical and commercial director at KR Germany.{/mprestriction}

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