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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

According to classification society DNV GL, now that the 31st March deadline for reporting fuel consumption data for 2019 has passed, with statements of compliance (SoC) having to be provided by the verifying organisation by the end of May 2020, vessel owners and operators need to be certain that they will still be in compliance with MARPOL regulation 22A after 1 June.

Regulation 22A of MARPOL Annex VI requires ships to collect and report data on their fuel consumption, starting from 1 January 2019. For ships for which this regulation applies it is important that a valid SoC is readily available onboard for inspection together with the Confirmation of Compliance (CoC) for the SEEMP part II. The CoC (SEEMP part II) and the validity of the SoC (DCS) will be checked at each periodical statutory survey regardless of whether the DCS verifier having issued the SoC is the flag administration, class (RO), or any other verifier approved by the flag administration. As this is a new requirement, DNV GL expect that Port State Control (PSC) will focus on the SoC on DCS during any upcoming routine inspections.

DNV GL says that if for any reason there are outstanding issues concerning the data reporting, or any reasons to believe that the SoC will not be issued before the deadline, ship owners /managers are advised to contact their DCS verifier to avoid being non-compliant.

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