The Korean Register (KR) and Swiss Climate EcoCare have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide enhanced IMO DCS (International Maritime Organization, Data Collection System) services to the maritime industry.
The MoU was signed with a special focus on mutual cooperation to provide IMO DCS services to the maritime industry.
KR, a Recognized Organization for IMO DCS and an accredited third-party verifier for EU MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) verifies emission-based data and issues certificates in line with MARPOL requirements.
The Swiss Climate EcoCare is an independent EU MRV and IMO DCS verifier. Since 2017, EcoCare has offered fully digitalised and automated verification services to support shipowners for the collection and transfer of IMO DCS related data, using its web application Cockpit. The MRV Cockpit can be connected via an interface to the Vessel Performance Monitoring System (VPMS) on board to receive the emission data automatically.
Under the MoU, by using the Cockpit app to verify IMO DCS related data received from ships, KR will provide a neutral, highly efficient and effective, rapid service. The process will ensure that the verification, validation and certification of the data is conducted independently and impartially.
Philipp Ahrenkiel, managing director at Swiss Climate EcoCare, said: “Our extensive experience in the field of CO2 management, combined with our comprehensive digital approach, has shown Korean Register that our competencies and capabilities complement each other perfectly. Ship owners will benefit diversely from the pooling of verification and certification expertise in the maritime sector.”
Technical & commercial director, Michael Suhr, KR Germany added: “Korean Register is delighted to work with industry leader Swiss Climate EcoCare. Our certification services are independent, completely neutral and we work as independent IMO experts, but the Cockpit app offers sophisticated, user-friendly software for data transmission, which will enable us to increase our technical services and expertise for customers across the European market.”
The MoU was signed in Hamburg, Germany on November 22, 2018 in presence of Mr Ahrenkiel, and Mr Suhr.