ABB Adds Verifavia-Certified EU MRV Module Offering

Thursday May 18, 2017

ABB today announced that it has added Verifavia-certified module to its decision software suite, enabling customers to monitor their emissions in accordance with the European Union's (EU's) Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation.

As Ship & Bunker has reported, the MRV regulation requires shipping companies to submit ship-specific monitoring plans to verifiers for approval by the end of August 2017, with per-voyage monitoring set to start on January 1, 2018.

"Being compliant with regulations and for ship-owners to have a sustainable license to operate is one thing. But within ABB we take pride in helping our clients by delivering a system that can easily be extended with different optimisation modules," said Alberto Perez-Espinosa, Head of ABB's Global Sales.

The ABB module collects and visualizes data from onboard sensors on a vessel's fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions on a per-voyage basis, using that information to create an annual emission report that is complaint with EU MRV requirements.

"In recent years, we have placed a great emphasis on connectivity and the role of big data in the shipping industry," said Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s marine and ports business.

"Going beyond our MRV initiative, we see our digital solutions as an important driver in the industry’s journey towards remote operations, predictive maintenance planning and more automated ships."

Last month, ABB suggested shipping is headed for the "end of the diesel engine epoch" as the industry works toward a more cost-efficient, carbon-free future.