DBS among the first accredited EU-MRV Verification Bodies

Succeeding an audit by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), Dromon Bureau of Shipping (DBS) has been accredited against the ISO 14065 standard to provide worldwide services related to Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (known as the EU-MRV Regulation). DBS can provide the following…

EU Versus Maritime industry over ship emissions (MRV)

By Terry Macalister. The European Parliament has took forward action with shipping industry towards climate change and has outlined plans to include vessels in its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Ship owners are furious, claiming it is wrong that they will effectively be charged for carbon pollution in Europe Union waters ahead of any wider international arrangement. But…

The new EU Electronic Signature Regulation and how it can positively affect shipping

EU has adopted a new Regulation which establishes a new, comprehensive, legal framework for e-signatures, as well as e-identification, e-seals, e-timestamp, e-documents, e-delivery services, and website authentication which applies from the 1st of July 2016, replacing the Directive on Electronic Signatures (1999/93/EC). The importance of this Regulation is that unlike the previous Directive on Electronic…

EMSA issues Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive

European Maritime Safety Agency issues Guidance for Ship Inspections under the Port Reception Facilities Directive. This guidance has been developed to facilitate Ship Inspections that are presently being undertaken by the European Union Member States to enforce the PRF (Port Reception Facilities) Directive. It should be noted that DG Move and EMSA are currently developing systems to…

European Commission publishes state-of-play on EU Maritime Transport Strategy

The European Commission (EC) published a mid-term report on the implementation of its European Maritime Transport Strategy until 2018. The report describes actions undertaken in the areas of safety and security, digitalisation, environmental sustainability and decarbonisation and the maritime profession, as well as in the international sphere. In each of these areas the report explains the…