Environmental passport updated by GL

29 Jul 2011

Germanischer Lloyd has revised its environmental passport (EP), which it says has become recognised as a useful mechanism for operators to signal the advanced environmental features of their vessels.

According to GL, the process of protecting the environment is one of continual improvement, there is always more that can be done to reduce the impact from industry on the environment. Regulations do not stand still and forward thinking ship owners and managers are increasingly looking for concrete ways to demonstrate their commitment to reducing environmental impacts. And demonstration of environmental compliance is emerging as a key factor in maintaining competitive fitness in an increasingly crowded market.

GL points out that the EP is a voluntary class-notation and certification process. All mandatory and voluntary environmental features of a vessel are compiled in a single, easy to use document including flag state certificates, compliance certificates, NOx emission diagrams and the EP certificate itself. The class society believes that the EP has become one of the most successful voluntary class notations offered by GL, with nearly 10% of its fleet in service having opted for this class notation.

IMO has recently announced that the EEDI is to be introduced as a mandatory standard for newbuild ships. Anticipating these changes, GL has made significant additions to the requirements of its environmental passport, helping to keep ship-owners ahead of the regulatory curve.

The following new requirements have been introduced for the 2011 of edition of the EP, which come into effect on 1 August 2011:

  1. discharge of bilge water permitted only if the oil content is below 5ppm. Vessels are also required to have a monitoring and stopping device installed.;
  2. an approved ballast water treatment system must be installed;
  3. the attained energy efficiency design index (EEDI) value to be certified (through a statement of compliance) by GL; and
  4. an inventory of hazardous material (IHM) to be certified (also through a statement of compaliance) by GL.

Also from 1 August 2011 the order date of the EP will now determine which edition of the EP will apply, not, as in previous editions, the date of the building contract.

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