From 31st May 2020, a valid Statement of Compliance (SoC) for IMO DCS must be readily available onboard for inspection, together with the Confirmation of Compliance (CoC) for the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) part II. During routine inspections, PSC officers are expected to focus on the SoC for IMO DCS.
This is what DNV GL reiterated, in a new reminder on how to comply with regulation 22A of MARPOL Annex VI.
Regulation 22A of MARPOL Annex VI requires ships to collect and report data on their fuel consumption, starting from 1 January 2019.
The CoC (SEEMP part II) and the validity of the SoC (DCS) will be checked at each periodical statutory survey regardless of whether the DCS verifier having issued the SoC is the flag administration, class (RO), or any other verifier approved by the flag administration.
As this is a new requirement, we expect that Port State Control (PSC) will focus on the SoC on DCS during any upcoming routine inspections.
The SoC is valid until 31 May the following year or when superseded by a new SoC. The SoC is also required issued in case of change of flag and/or company.
If for any reason there are any outstanding issues concerning the data reporting, or any reasons to believe that the SoC will not be issued before the deadline, we encourage ship owners/ managers to contact their DCS verifier to avoid being non-compliant on 1 June,
…DNV GL advised.