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Norbulk appoints Verifavia for emissions verification across 65 vessels

Posted on: 8 November 2022

Norbulk Shipping, the UK-based ship management company, has appointed emissions verification specialist Verifavia SAS to provide its full suite of emissions verification services.

The tie-up will see Verifavia, the carbon emissions verification services provider to the maritime and aviation industries, supporting 65 Norbulk vessels in complying with regulations aimed at decarbonising the maritime industry including the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).

From 1 January 2023, CII will regulate the operations of all cargo and cruise ships that are 5,000 gt or above. Owners will need to calculate their vessel’s operational efficiency by comparing its fuel consumption with the total distance the ship has travelled.

To comply with CII, a ship’s actual annual operational carbon intensity rating must be documented and verified against the indicator’s requirements. This determines the operational CII rating on a scale from A to E, showing the performance level, which is then recorded in a vessel’s Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).

In November 2021, Verifavia launched the world’s first real-time CII Dashboard, allowing owners, operators and charterers of ships over 5,000 gt to accurately measure a vessel’s current and predictive CII rating. The CII dashboard provides guidance for ship efficiency, generating data on the amount of carbon produced and, through its calculator, insight into whether emission levels for a single voyage or reporting period meet industry regulations.

The dashboard’s simulator can predict when vessels, and specific voyages, will comply with CII regulations, helping shipowners to simulate and plan for upcoming journeys. It also highlights areas where the vessel falls short of compliance and is required to meet carbon efficiency regulations.

While supporting Norbulk vessels with CII, Verifavia will also assist the ship management company on other aspects of environmental regulatory compliance such as EU and UK Monitoring Reporting and Verification and the IMO Data Collection System.

“With just months until CII rules come into effect, demand for an emissions verification specialist has never been greater,” said Julien Dufour, President of Verifavia SAS.

“Very few, if any, ship owners, operators and management companies have the in-house expertise or time required to ensure all vessels within their fleet are CII-compliant. By entrusting us to carry out this vital work, companies such as Norbulk can focus on their core business and daily operations.”

Artiom Guzar, QA and ISM Manager, Norbulk Shipping UK, explained: “We are fully committed to achieving our emissions reductions responsibilities, which requires understanding and bridging any gaps in meeting the requirements.

“Verifavia has a strong track record in helping ship owners and operators to successfully navigate the requirements of environmental regulations, and we want to work with them to make any necessary changes against a timeline that we can control. With its CII dashboard and acting as a single point of contact for all our emissions verification needs, we believe that Verifavia will enable us to realise efficiencies and streamline the overall process.”

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