IMO may require bunker consumption records

OREANDA-NEWS. April 25, 2016.  The International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) introduced a draft proposal for a data collection system that would require global vessel operators to record and report their marine fuel consumption.

The draft of the mandatory data collection proposal was presented at MEPC's session on 18-22 April in IMO's headquarters in London. It will be put forward for adoption at the MEPC session in October and could enter into force in 2018.

The data collection will allow IMO to make a decision if further measures are needed to improve vessel efficiency and address CO2 emissions from international shipping.

Under the data collection system, vessels of 5,000 gross tonnes and over will be required to collect consumption data on each type of fuel they use. The data will be reported to the country under which the vessel is registered at the end of each calendar year. The country would issue vessels a Statement in Compliance. The individual countries would then send the data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database. The IMO will summarize it in an annual report to MEPC. The data will be kept anonymous.