Kongsberg Maritime has developed a new Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) application for its K-Fleet suite of Marine Fleet Management Software.
K-Fleet MRV has been assessed as meeting the requirements of new EU-regulation 2015/757, which is a result of the EU calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping. Entered into force on July 1, 2015, the regulation will be fully effective on January 1, 2018, when large ships using EU ports will be required to report their verified annual emissions and other relevant information.
According to the third IMO GHG study, maritime transport emits approximately 1 billion metric tons of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 percent and 250 percent by 2050 – depending on future economic and energy developments
. This is not compatible with the internationally agreed goal of keeping global temperature increase to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels, which requires worldwide emissions to be at least halved from 1990 levels by 2050, according to the European Commission.
The regulation, for ships exceeding 5,000 GT and which call at any EU port regardless
of flag or country of ownership, aims to quantify and reduce CO2 emissions from the shipping industry and demands that shipping companies have monitoring plans prepared by August 31, 2017. As per the new regulation, K-Fleet MRV enables monitoring and reporting of emissions on per voyage basis to, from and between EU ports, and is available for deployment now in new and existing K-Fleet installations.
By automating much of the CO2 calculations and report generation, K-Fleet MRV reduces the burden for crews to ensure that vessel’s and fleets meet the requirements of the new regulation. The system combines data collection from on board sensors and manual entries, making it easier for events to be verified by the Master before reports are sent to the shore-office. K-Fleet MRV can be interfaced with other K-Fleet applications including K-Fleet Logbook and K-Fleet Maintenance, which provides for quality assurance of measuring equipment on board.
“With the established K-Fleet software suite as a platform, we have developed a straightforward, very easy to use solution that ensures shipping companies can comply to new mandatory requirements well before the deadlines,” said Rune Kristian Stålstrøm, General Manager – Fleet Performance, Merchant Marine Division, Kongsberg Maritime. “In combination with K-Fleet’s potential to help vessels and fleets to operate more efficiently through lower fuel consumption, K-Fleet MRV is an important development that will support the shipping industry to reduce its environmental footprint.”
Kongberg’s K-Fleet suite of Marine Fleet Management Software integrates diverse applications into
a system for ship management at the single vessel, fleet and shore-office levels. It is a modular software system designed to assist users’ working processes within planned maintenance, inventory management, procurement, QSE, documentation, forms, certificates, voyage reporting and fleet operations. Built on an SQL platform, K-Fleet offers centralized and decentralized management functions and two-way data flow for fleets of all sizes.