The Korean Register (KR) has established a new greenhouse gas (GHG) online data management system to help shipowners comply with GHG emission regulations including the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) requirement and IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS).
The online data management system is known as KR GEARS, which stands for GHG Emission Authentic Reporting System. KR GEARs supports data collection plan development, data transmission, data report creation and can enhance a fleet’s operational efficiency management as well as supporting ship operator’s fuel oil sulphur management.
User upload collected data directly on the KR GEARs website, resulting in the automatic creation of an EU MRV Emission Report and IMO DCS Fuel Consumption report.
KR says that the streamlined process will help to reduce the time needed for the verification. By using the data uploaded on the KR GEARs website, a vessel’s Energy Efficiency Operational Index (EEOI) can be automatically calculated allowing shipping companies to easily compare, analyse, and better manage the operational efficiency of their fleet.
KR GEARs also provides shipowners with a free Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) development function. A SIP that complies with all the IMO guidance can be created in an electronic file format as soon as the required contents and data are inputted in the system.
“KR GEARs has enhanced our customer services even further by supporting shipping companies regulatory reporting requirements in an effective and intelligent way, offering timely reporting processes and peace of mind for compliance. This is just one more step in our efforts to be the leading digitalised classification society of the future,” said Jeong-kie, Lee, chairman and CEO, KR.
KR also provides a guide: ‘Instructions for shipowners preparing the SIP’, as well as information on the SIP format, illustrated with a sample on KR’s homepage, and further technical information.
The instructions describe the appropriate method to develop a SIP and the main technical issues that shipowners should consider when using low-sulphur fuel oil safely, and in accordance with ship’s specifications in order to comply with the regulation.