India’s Directorate of General Shipping (DGS) issued a circular, covering the collection of vessels’ fuel consumption data for the purposes of the newly implemented Energy Efficiency of Existing Ships (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulations, and also requires bunker suppliers to generate and submit electronic bunker delivery notes.
The circular requests Indian shipowners and managers to access and register with the Swachh Sagar portal in order submit the fuel consumption data for their vessels on a monthly basis.
Moreover, in a move that is considered to be one of the first obligations for a bunker supplier to use e-BDNs, the DGS requests that:
All registered and licensed bunker suppliers are required to access Swachh Sagar Portal digitally and complete the data related to bunker supply, generate an electronic Bunker Delivery Note on the online platform and issue to the bunker receiver
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) will be responsible of verifying that suppliers have issued e-BDNs for all stems supplied.
In cases of non-compliance, the IRS will notify the DGS of the discrepancy and could recommend that a bunker licence certificate should not be supplied.
Comments and suggestions on the content of circular should be submitted by 13 January.
In the meantime, India also approved National Green Hydrogen Mission, the initial outlay of which will be Rs.19,744 crore, including an outlay of Rs.17,490 crore for the SIGHT programme, Rs.1,466 crore for pilot projects, Rs.400 crore for R&D, and Rs. 388 crore towards other Mission components.
More specifically, the Mission will result in the following likely outcomes by 2030:
- Development of green hydrogen production capacity of at least 5 MMT (Million Metric Tonne) per annum with an associated renewable energy capacity addition of about 125 GW in the country
- Over Rs. Eight lakh crore in total investments
- Creation of over Six lakh jobs
- Cumulative reduction in fossil fuel imports over Rs. One lakh crore
- Abatement of nearly 50 MMT of annual greenhouse gas emissions
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