Verifavia to Offer EU MRV and IMO DCS Verification Services to Liberian-Flagged Vessels

Thursday August 24, 2017

Verifavia Shipping (Verifavia) today announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct services related to compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) Data Collection System (DCS) and European Union (EU) Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) regulations for Liberian-flagged vessels.

"We are proud to be the first independent verifier in the world to collaborate with the Liberian Registry, which is renowned for its excellence, efficiency, safety and expert service," said Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping.

"We are confident that support from this leading flag administration is the first step towards full recognition of Verifavia Shipping worldwide – paving the way for other flag administrations to replicate the cooperation with EU MRV accredited verifiers."

Under the new strategic cooperation, for which the company will offer verification services under both the IMO's DCS and the EU's MRV regulations, Verifavia says it will leverage its existing knowledge and expertise as an independent EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) dual-accredited verifier to deliver streamlined verification services to Liberian-registered vessels.

Further, Verifavia says that owners of Liberian-flagged vessels that are required to comply with EU MRV will also benefit from obtaining a verification service from a single point of contact and a single verification audit based on the same primary data and procedures.

"We aim to provide our clients with a comprehensive service that ensures compliance with all maritime legislation, and we are pleased to offer Liberian-flagged vessels the opportunity to streamline the process of compliance with both of these key maritime environmental regulations in a cost effective and efficient manner," said Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).

"We have the upmost confidence in Verifavia's knowledge, expertise and capabilities, and we trust that it will uphold the highest levels of service that we strive to deliver."

The Liberian Registry is noted to be the second largest in the world, comprising of more than 4,200 vessels, aggregating over 150 million gross tonnes, and representing 12 percent of the world's ocean going fleet.

As Ship & Bunker has reported, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and France's national accreditation body Cofrac have both certified Verifavia to offer a full scope of EU MRV services internationally.