Verifavia’s New Tool for Shipping Companies Aiming for CSI Certification

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Shipping companies have a new tool to help them verify their company and vessels according to the Clean Shipping Index (CSI) requirements. Emissions verification company Verifavia has expanded its offering to include global verification for the shipping industry.

The CSI verification service is an extension of Verifavia’s portfolio of services for the shipping sector, which includes monitoring, reporting, verification, data collection and Clean Cargo Working Group verification.

The CSI is an independent rating system of the environmental performance of ships and shipping companies, delivering market incentives for clean shipping with a view to encouraging shipping practices that are sustainable and environmentally responsible in the long term.

To obtain CSI verification, shipowners need to complete a short questionnaire on the environmental performance of their ship, or ships, against the clean shipping criteria.

The questions cover general information about the shipping company as well as vessel-specific information to determine how environmentally friendly the ship is in relation to emissions, as well as the procedures in place to handle operational discharges resulting from chemicals, water, and waste.

On the basis of the information gathered, a ranking system of between 0-150 is used to determine how environmentally friendly the vessel is, beyond legal compliance. The higher the points achieved, the better the environmental performance of the vessel.

Verifavia is the first CSI accredited verifier to verify according to the new standard set by CSI. The company has already verified ships for Viking Line and Færgen, with more than 30 ships expected to be verified in Q1 2018.

Companies that obtain full CSI verification can benefit from lower port fees at participating ports, including the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert.

Additionally, beginning January 1, 2018, the Swedish Maritime Administration will introduce differentiated fairway tax fees for vessels that are more environmentally friendly than their counterparts, solely based on the CSI rating.

Vessels with a verified performance of three or more CSI stars will benefit from reduced fairway dues when visiting Swedish waters. This could save up to several hundred thousand Euros per year for frequent visitors, according to Verifavia.

“Despite being a voluntary scheme, we are seeing increasing pressure from cargo owners who are looking beyond their own factory gates to ensure that they operate in an environmentally friendly way throughout their supply chain,” said Merijn Hougee, director of CSI.

Norwegian Shipowners’ Association chief executive, Sturla Henriksen said that the demand for shipping services will double in the next couple of decades, which means that the shipping industry will continue to have a major impact on the global sustainability community.

“This means that environmental policy will see a clear shift from land to sea, as shipping is (and will remain) the most efficient way to transport vast amounts of goods long-distance. Both in intercontinental and regional shipping, we will see more and more green ships traveling the blue oceans,” Henriksen said at the Nor Shipping conference.

Sea News, December 19