Great Eastern Shpg & I.N. Bose show the way to EEDI
The book “Energy Efficiency and Ships” has cleared the path for the implementation of the IMO convention on Energy Efficiency Design Index
“Energy Efficiency and Ships” a book on Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) by Indra Nath Bose is being considered an indispensible guide for the maritime industry and has served to provide a leg up for at least one shipping company. According to Mr. Bose the ships of Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (GESCO), India’s largest private sector shipping company was first to achieve Stage 2 ratings – the highest rating achieved so far by any ship globally.
The GESCO had implemented specific energy efficiency management plans (SEEMP) on all its vessels since 1 July 2011. As a pilot ship, JAG AABHA was audited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in July 2012 to verify compliance with above Regulations. Ahead of the Regulations coming into force, it became the first ever to secure Energy Efficiency Statement of Compliance to the new MARPOL Convention regulations issued by DNV.
Indra Nath Bose with the support of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) has come up with this handy manual to MARPOL Convention, Annex VI on Regulations on Energy Efficiency for Ships. Bearing in mind the complexities of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) applicable to new ships Mr. Bose feels that the industry must get to grips with the requirements of the convention otherwise it would have to face the risk of incurring additional costs that could persist many years into the future along with the life of ships.
GESCO has moved ahead and secured 15 of it tankers the award of Triple-E Stage 3 Rating and 3 Bulk Carriers have been awarded Stage 2 Rating. Triple-E is a voluntary Energy, Efficiency and Environment rating scheme of DNV given to individual ships based on achievement of certain defined criteria.
Stage 3 implies environmental performance indicators for individual ships having been established and includes a system for improvement of environmental performance. Besides, an environmental awareness survey among employees has been completed with training needs and improvement areas identified. SEEMP is in place. Besides it has established the CO2 emission base line for individual ships along with goals for reduction over defined period. (This is directly based on fuel consumption.) Also it maintains calculation of annual average Sulphur content (%) of fuel used on board individual ships.
With regard stage 2 in addition to the aforesaid, the followings have been done:- Periodic review of progress made in reducing CO2 emission from ships. It has established a system for calibration of fuel flow meters on board ships to ensure accurate measurement of fuel consumption. Besides, the ships are provided with Inventory of Hazardous Substances on board ships.
“I have been fortunate in being able to participate in IMO’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee meetings and various Diplomatic Conference and Working and Correspondence Groups of the Committee since 1997,” says Mr. Bose. “In the process I had the opportunity to be associated with the development of mandatory regulatory requirements at IMO since the very beginning starting from the first Intercessional meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee Working Group on Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from ships at Oslo in June 2008. This book has been written with the intent of assisting industry colleagues in ship operating companies, ship design and ship building yards, maritime training institutes in particular and maritime industry at large in understanding not only the requirements, but also the background and logic on the basis of which the various elements of the regulations were framed.”
“Having sufficiently qualified personnel both on board the vessels and in the shore organization is necessary to achieve savings in practice” informed Tapas Icot, President of GESCO. “We have ensured this by spending time on the actual implementation of all the identified energy efficiency initiatives on board, with clear targets set and dedicated responsible persons on board and ashore for following up all initiatives as part of the ship-specific energy efficiency management plans. This has given us savings of 2–3% over the past few years, measured by the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI), which takes into account the volume of cargo transported, distance sailed and grams of CO2 emitted.”
There is no doubt that this publication will provide a sound guidance to shipbuilders, ship operating managers in particular and maritime industry at large in understanding and implementation of the new IMO regulatory requirement related to energy efficiency of ships.