Information collected will be presented on a per-vessel basis in RightShip’s vetting platform Qi, aiming to improve the accessibility of compliance pathway data for owners and charterers. The ultimate target is to help the industry manage safety risks due to the sulphur cap.

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What is more, after 1st January 2020, any serious incidents, detentions or non-compliance regarding the regulation will also be highlighted on the platform. This follows the trail of today's RightShip practice, where the ship’s Risk Rating will be downgraded until the root cause analysis is finalized or the manager can prove compliance.

Repeated incidents or non-compliance will also be flagged during the vetting process.

As for RightShip users, they will be able to see the vessel’s method for IMO 2020 compliance as declared by the ISM operator. Vetting customers will also have the option to screen this data under their vetting criteria. The vessel’s Risk Rating or GHG Rating will not be affected by the vessel’s IMO 2020 compliance method.

During the vetting process, if the manager has shown that a vessel does not have a valid method of compliance, the vet requestor is informed based on the risk of non-compliance or incidents.

However, regardless of the compliance option that the vessel owner chooses, the decision to accept the ship or not remains with the vetting customer.

Commenting on the new assessment, Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO, RightShip, stated that:

Complying with IMO 2020 brings a host of technical and operational risks that all of the industry needs to be aware of. It is therefore vital that all parties - ranging from ship owners, managers and charterers - have a full understanding of how compliance is being managed across a fleet. This temperature check will provide a means for vessel owners and managers to communicate their transition plan and their chosen compliance pathway. RightShip remains impartial to the compliance option selected and we will continue to support industry safety standards

He added that it is an excellent opportunity to engage with vessel operators and allow them to directly input their own data, which in turn will support a smoother vetting process.