IMO DCS

Entirely compliant with the IMO-DCS through We4Sea

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires large ships to collect and report their fuel data, in addition to how the EU-MRV requires ships to do so when sailing through European waters. These reports must be submitted each calendar year and can pose quite a challenge. When complying you will receive a mandatory Statement of Compliance for that specific ship and will be set for another year. We can make this especially simple for you through our tool, which automatically collects your data and generates a fully compliant report. We will gladly tell you more about the IMO-DCS and how we can help you with it.

What is the IMO-DCS exactly?

The International Maritime Organization adopted a mandatory Fuel Oil Data Collection System (DCS) for international shipping, requiring all ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or above to start collecting and reporting data to an IMO database from 2019 onwards.

It was adopted by the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC70) on 28th October 2016 as amendments to Chapter 4 of Annex VI of MARPOL, adding a new Regulation 22A on Collection and reporting of ship fuel oil consumption data and new appendices covering information to be submitted to the IMO Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Database. These amendments came into force on 1 March 2018.

The IMO-DCS (Data Collection System) regulation entered into force on 1 July 2015, and it requires ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions as of January 1st, 2019.

How We4Sea helps you to be compliant

Compliance to the IMO-DCS can pose quite a challenge when you have to collect all the data yourself, year-round. This is where our We4Sea  tool comes in. It combines all the relevant types of data and information regarding your ship into a single dashboard.

This way, you can follow the performance of your ship, but also track the data necessary for your IMO-DCS compliance. It doesn’t end there, though. You don’t have to extract the data yourself. One click is all you need to download your IMO-DCS compliant report as an XML file, which can be handed over to a Flag State or RO, such as class societies . This party can then easily submit your data to the IMO Fuel Oil Consumption Database.

Verafia certification

Both our EU-MRV and IMO-DCS modules have been independently verified and certified by Verifavia for all ship types and the commonly used emission monitoring methods. This means that our data collection method, our calculations and our reporting are fully compliant to EU and IMO legislation. Hence, you can completely trust the reporting component of our tool to unburden you when it comes to IMO-DCS compliance.

The importance of the IMO-DCS

Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions is an important topic for any industry. The shipping industry is no different in this regard. Just like the EU-MRV regulations, which are applicable for all ships that visit EU ports as opposed to the IMO-DCS, which applies to any ship (over 5000 gross tonnage) worldwide, the aim is to take a big first step in the right direction when it comes to those reductions.

Currently, emissions from international maritime transport are estimated to lie around 2 to 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. The IMO-DCS regulation, as well as the aforementioned EU-MRV, is meant to collect data. That data can then be used to make smart decisions and develop new policies to reduce the global greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

We’re here to help!

Would you like to know more about our We4Sea tool, including its additional benefits when it comes to performance monitoring? Do you have any more questions about the IMO-DCS? We’re here to help, so do not hesitate to contact us!



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