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Fuel consumption data collection

The IMO is pressing ahead with the development of mandatory short-term measures to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping as part of its’ commitment to the targets set by the Paris Agreement. Included in this process is the development of suitable Carbon Intensity Indicator.

Members will be aware that IMCA successfully argued at the IMO that the ‘transport work proxy’, which has been developed as a Carbon Intensity (CI) Indicator for cargo ships, is not a suitable metric for assessing the Carbon Intensity of the offshore sector since the measurement of fuel consumed/distance travelled does not reflect how the offshore sector operates.  

IMO Member States are now considering the joint submission (MEPC 74/6) (include a hyperlink to the document) proposing two possible metrics (Proxy A and Proxy B) for assessing the Carbon Intensity for the offshore sector which IMCA Members developed, in collaboration with the Russian Federation.

While the arguments raised in the submission are acknowledged by several IMO Member States, there is concern that the proposed proxies are theoretical and lack any data to support them. For this reason, the Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs Committee (MPRA) has initiated a data collection initiative which builds upon IMO’s mandatory Data Collection System (DCS) for vessels over 5,000 GT, but which additionally collects those data elements which are proposed to be included in the proxies A and B.

IMO’s DCS collects fuel consumption data per calendar year.
1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019
1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020
1 January 2021 – 31 January 2021

Reflecting this reporting period, the MPRA now wants to start collecting 2020 data in addition to the outstanding 2019 data which has not yet been submitted by Members.

Call to Action – help IMCA to achieve a positive outcome for the offshore sector
In support of the IMCA submission, the MPRA Committee (MPRA) has developed a spreadsheet for 2019 and 2020 which will enable members to share their data regarding fuel consumption.

Members are requested to submit the required data via the spreadsheet – please see screen shot example below.

Please download the spreadsheet from links in the right hand column for each year.

Complete your information and fuel consumption date and then email to IMCA –

We will compile all data received and use it to lobby the IMO for a sensible approach for the treatment of the offshore sector.  Members can be assured that all data submitted will be treated anonymously.

For more details, please contact:

IMCA Contact

Margaret Fitzgerald
Head of Marine Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Information Note Details

Published date: 21 January 2021
Information note ID: 1549


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