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Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019

Synopsis

This regulation will impose a requirement for ships of more than 400 gross tonnes to be issued with an international energy efficiency certificate. Ships of more than 5,000 gross tonnes will be required to report fuel consumption data.

 
 
 

Summary

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 will amend the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 on 30 June 2019.

Supporting amendments are also made to the Merchant Shipping (Port State Control) Regulations 2011 and Merchant Shipping Fees Regulations 2018.

What will be updated?

Energy Certification

UK registered ships of 400 GT must obtain an International Energy Efficiency (IEE) certificate from the MCA:

  • On initial survey (when new);
  • On renewal survey (should the ship have changed significantly since the original survey); or
  • On transfer of a ship to the UK register

Ships are required to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for this certificate to be issued.

Non-UK ships without a valid IEE certificate may not proceed to sea.

Fuel consumption reporting

UK registered ships of 5,000 GT or greater will be required to report fuel consumption data to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) within three months of the end of each calendar year. The first report is due by 31 March 2020.

A statement of compliance will be issued in response to fuel consumption data, which must be retained on board the ship.

Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP)

Ships above 400 GT are required to implement a SEEMP in accordance with the IMO Guidelines for the Development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

For ships above 5,000 GT the SEEMP must describe how fuel consumption data will be obtained and reported.

Background

The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships) Regulations 2008 impose duties on ship operators and on fuel quality to reduce air pollution from these vessels.

 

 

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