The impending IMO Global Sulfur Cap comes into place beginning Jan 1, 2020 requiring a .50% cap on sulfur content in marine fuel. This regulation introduces new challenges for the shipping industry and raises concerns with fuel availability and price uncertainty, as well as questions on the installation and operational impacts of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).
ABS offers the marine and offshore industries guidance and advisory support to help companies meet Global Sulfur Cap requirements. From understanding the requirements and available options to developing a compliance approach to execution and operations, ABS has tools and services to help you make the best decision for your fleet.
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Along with the transport of goods, shipping moves between three and five billion tons of ballast water throughout the world each year. There is a wide variety of systems types and technologies that have been Type Approved by the IMO and U.S. Coast Guard.
With so many options, the main challenge for shipowners and operators is which ballast water management system best meets the unique technical and operational needs of their fleets. In the United States, flagged vessels—in addition to ships calling at US ports—also are subject to the specific national requirements from the United States Coast Guard. Additional regional requirements exist elsewhere as well. [CJ1] Moreover, operators must ensure that BWMS limitations do not interfere with their vessel’s trade routes.
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Since January 1, 2018, the European Union (EU) requires any vessel over 5,000 gross tonnage (GT) that calls at an EU port to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions each year. Shipowners and operators must have a verified monitoring plan in place and report regularly. The EU plans to use this data to monitor and guide future reductions of CO2 emissions.
Monitoring and annual reporting can be a burden unless vessel operators have a clear plan in place for calculating CO2 emissions and collecting the required documentation. ABS helps shipowners and operators assess their existing EU MRV monitoring plan and verify that the emission report is in conformance with the accepted monitoring plan.
ABS NS Voyage Manager software captures and manages CO2 emissions data and generates reports for compliance with EU MRV standards.
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Biofouling is an accumulation of different aquatic organisms on the submerged parts of a ship such as the hull. During MEPC 62, the IMO approved guidance to control and manage ships’ biofouling. This guidance helps minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species between bodies of water. In addition to the IMO guidance, other nations and regions have specific biofouling regulations.
ABS provides support for implementation, monitoring and maintenance of Biofouling Management Systems. There are several compliance options available for biofouling management, and ABS can help operators assess their options such as anti-fouling coatings or fouling control systems.
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Every year hundreds of ships are dismantled at shipyards with steel and other equipment salvaged for future use. The EU adopted its Ship Recycling Regulations (SRR) in 2013. The EU SRR is similar to the IMO requirements for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC). While the IMO requirements have been adopted, IMO member states have not ratified the requirements.
The EU SRR is in effect and will further require all vessels calling at EU ports to have an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) by December 31, 2020. To meet the current EU regulations and upcoming IMO requirements, shipowners and operators must identify the types and quantities of hazardous materials onboard their fleets. ABS can aid ship owners in preparing a Ship Recycling Plan as well as their IHMs and to comply with these requirements.
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Commercial transportation ships are a significant source of noise in coastal areas. These noises adversely affect many marine mammals in their natural habitats.
New ABS-classed vessels are designed to minimize ship-radiated noise. Additionally, modifications can be made to existing ships’ propellers. This modification will improve the propeller wake flow, reduce acoustic noise and improve operational efficiency.
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Beginning January 1, 2019, IMO DCS requires vessel owners and operators to report emissions data to their vessel’s Flag Administration at the end of each calendar year.
For owners who have an existing EU MRV plan in place, much of the necessary data is likely already collected for EU compliance. ABS provides an easy-to-use template to help owners fill in the gaps between EU MRV and IMO DCS compliance.
For those without an existing EU MRV plan, ABS offers a simple template to support a compliant Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).
ABS also offers additional support through its compliance software, NS Voyage Manager, which captures and manages CO2 emissions data and generates report for compliance with IMO DCS standards.
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