BIMCO issues guide to SEEMP

10 Oct 2012
Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO: “We do not believe there is any need to pay substantial amounts to third parties to prepare SEEMPs”

Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO: “We do not believe there is any need to pay substantial amounts to third parties to prepare SEEMPs”

Shipowner association BIMCO, in association with information company Fathom, has released ‘The Step-by-Step SEEMP Manual’ which can be used as a ship’s official Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).

The manual has been developed to enable ship owners to plan, manage and document the energy efficiency performance of their ships. SEEMP, designed by the IMO to encourage best practices for the fuel efficient operation of ships, becomes mandatory from January 2013. It is a requirement for all owners and operators of ships over 400gt to detail measures that are being implemented to reduce fuel consumption and thus lower greenhouse gases and other emissions.

Lars Robert Pedersen, deputy secretary general, BIMCO commented: “BIMCO supported the SEEMP regulation to enable ship-owners to better optimise their energy consumption. We do not believe, however, there is necessarily any need to pay substantial amounts to third parties to prepare SEEMPs. The Step-by-Step SEEMP Manual gives ship-owners and operators a one-stop solution that allows them to easily create ship-specific plans in-house. It is our view that a simple SEEMP implemented effectively is better than a complicated document that may not be followed.”

The manual includes templates on an accompanying CD which can be populated and then printed to make up a ship specific SEEMP programme. These are placed at the front of the hard-back binder containing the manual; together these act as the official SEEMP.

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