GL issues the first EEDI certificate

01 Jul 2010

The EEDI certificate was issued in accordance with the voluntary EEDI guidelines, MEPC.1/Circ.681 and 682 of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

With this first EEDI certification, Hapag-Lloyd emphasizes its leadership in sustainable container shipping. The attained EEDI value of the Hapag-Lloyd vessel is significantly better than the present average vessel of this size (based on Lloyds database), underlining the high energy efficiency of the vessel’s design. This documents that leading members of the maritime industry are pro-actively pursuing measures to improve the energy efficiency of merchant vessels and, thus, reducing the CO2-emissions considerably.

In 2003, the IMO initiated developments related to the reduction of greenhouse gases from ships. The recent focus has been on the EEDI which is conceived as a future mandatory newbuilding standard. The EEDI compares theoretical CO2 emissions and transport work of a vessel (gCO2/(tnm)) and will eventually be benchmarked against an IMO-set requirement.

As the individually attained EEDI for a ship represents the basic energy efficiency of a design, it can be used as a benchmark within an operator's fleet as well as for a comparison against a competitor’s fleet. Benchmarking against the ship’s operations is possible as well.

This means that the determination of the EEDI also makes sense for ships already in service, provided all data for a complete EEDI Technical File are available.

For the verification of the EEDI, a so called technical file was established, which summarises all relevant technical data, and documents the calculation procedure towards the final EEDI value. Some issues in this context require more attention from the IMO and, therefore, identified items have been forwarded to the German flag state administration for possible consideration at future IMO meetings.

Through research and recent contributions to the IMO’s development of the EEDI on behalf of the German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, GL has developed unique competence in the interpretation and verification of the EEDI. With the introduction of the EEDI certificate, GL has extended its portfolio of services on energy efficiency of ships, ranging from certificates to consultancy, which is provided by GL’s FutureShip subsidiary.

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