LRQA expertise helps shipowners meet SEEMP deadline
A new energy management standard is being used by leading shipowners and operators. To help address the twinned imperatives of environmental regulatory compliance and the need to reduce fuel consumption, Lloyd’s Register has shown owners how to adopt this new standard for shipping.
A new energy management standard is being used by leading shipowners and operators. To help address the twinned imperatives of environmental regulatory compliance and the need to reduce fuel consumption, Lloyd’s Register has shown owners how to adopt this new standard for shipping. Using the expertise of its world leading Business Assurance arm, LRQA, Lloyd’s Register has developed a ‘marinised’ application of the international energy management standard ISO 50001.
By adopting and using this standard a company is in a strong position to better manage and reduce its energy needs. Greek tanker owners have been leading the way in taking up the new standard that provides an umbrella structure for managing the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) requirements, which all ships need by 1 January 2013 and EEOI. LRQA’s Marine Business Support Centre Manager, Stavros Meidanis, has led Lloyd’s Register’s work in providing this service to the industry. He outlines the benefits of embracing an energy management system: “You can reduce costs, a prerequisite for increasing energy prices, for the higher the energy/fuel consumption, the greater the risk that energy/fuel price increases could seriously affect profitability.
“Reducing carbon emissions, of course, and demonstrating those reductions is another important benefit,” he says. For many tanker owners the standard will be a practical and direct means of meeting stakeholder requirements such as OCIMF’s Energy Efficiency Guide and the anticipated introduction of TMSA III (tanker management and self assessment) requirements. Mr Meidanis adds: “These are practical commercial market requirements addressing what will become barriers to entry but, I believe, using the ISO 50001 energy management standard can drive performance and reduce costs.”
Breadth and depth of expertise in marine survey and auditing together with the domain experience and reach of LRQA is crucial to the effectiveness of Lloyd’s Register’s delivery of this ISO 50001 to the shipping industry.
Maran Tankers Management (MTM), the oil tanker company of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group, brings a sharp focus to energy management. On 23 December 2011 Lloyd’s Register certified the energy management system of MTM in accordance with ISO 50001: 2011. “Certification to ISO 50001 was a milestone for our company,” MTM Managing Director Stavros Hatzigrigoris said: “Having in place an effective and efficient energy management system for the operation of our fleet brings real added benefits to the company and it allows us to be proactive in complying with upcoming regulations, customer requirements and society’s expectations.”
During an award ceremony in Athens in February this year, Ms Maria Angelicoussis said the ISO 50001 certification of Maran Tankers – the first energy management certification awarded by Lloyd’s Register to the merchant fleet – marks the start of a new era for the company. “The improvement of the energy efficiency of shipping operations is clearly going to be a key success factor assisting in minimising our environmental footprint, ensuring compliance with new regulations and gaining a competitive advantage in an increasingly complex and challenging business environment,” she said.