ABS Earns EU MRV Accreditation

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Posted by Eric Haun

Greece's National Accreditation Body recognizes ABS
as EU MRV frontrunner.

ABS said it was awarded accreditation by Greece's National
Accreditation Body, the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD), to
perform assessments for European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting
and Verification (MRV) compliance.

"We are proud to be the first Class Society accredited to perform
EU MRV assessments," said ABS Chairman, President and CEO
Christopher J. Wiernicki. "Endorsement by Greece's National
Accreditation Body acknowledges our leadership role in helping
industry navigate complex operational and environmental
regulatory challenges."

In recent years, greenhouse gas emissions from shipping have come
under increased scrutiny at the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) and on regional levels, leading to new
emissions requirements. Among these is the EU MRV regulation, EU
Regulation 2015/757, for ships traveling to, from and between EU
ports. Central to the EU MRV requirements are key deadlines for
ship owners and operators to develop an emissions monitoring
plan, implement the plan and submit a report that is verified by
an independent third party.

"With multiple ways to meet EU MRV requirements, owners look for
a trusted advisor like ABS to evaluate the options," said ABS
Executive Vice President for Global Marine Kirsi Tikka. "As the
first accredited class society, ABS is already working with
owners and operators to help them verify that their monitoring
plans are in compliance with the requirements. This recognition
by the ESYD further demonstrates our leading role in providing EU
MRV compliance solutions."

As an independent third party, ABS helps with EU MRV compliance
by assessing that plans are aligned with the applicable
requirements and verifying that emissions reporting is prepared
in conformance with the accepted monitoring plan.

Additionally, ABS leverages its Nautical Systems (NS) fleet
management software to facilitate MRV compliance through the NS
Voyage Performance Manager module. Data is captured automatically
through the NS Autologger or from noon reports. The MRV
requirement is built into the application for easy and accurate
reporting, providing an integrated solution that is unique to the

Feb 23, 2017

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