Although Recognized Organizations (ROs) have recently informed the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator that the number of SEEMP Part IIs they are receiving has increased, there is a large amount that have not been submitted and their concerns about a bottle-necking for verification remain valid.

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI, Regulation 22.2 requires the ship-specific methodology to collect fuel oil consumption data and the processes for reporting that data to the ship’s Administration to be described in the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) Part II by 31 December 2018.

Under the IMO data collection system (DCS), the SEEMP Part II is to be developed, taking into account IMO Resolution MEPC.282(70), and verified for compliance with Regulation 22.2 prior to the ship’s first data collection period. Operators should describe in the ships Ship Energy Efficiency Management (SEEMP) Plan Part II the methodology that will be used for collecting and reporting the vessel’s fuel data.

This requirement applies to ships 5,000 gross tons and above. Under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 5.4.5 Administrations must verify compliance with this requirement.