International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC) and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)
International Energy Efficiency Certificate
Resolution MEPC.203(62), adopted on 15 July 2011, includes REGULATIONS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY for ships in MARPOL Annex VI.
These are new requirements which apply in addition to the already existing requirements of MARPOL Annex VI. The regulations for energy efficiency will enter into force 01-01-2013 and apply to all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above.
International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC)
There will be a NEW certificate: International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC), which shall be issued for both new and existing ships to which chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI applies.
This statutory Certificate will be issued for new buildings upon the initial survey before the ship is put into service and for existing ships of 400 gross tonnage and above during termediate or renewal survey.
The IEE Certificate will be issued once for each ship and shall be valid throughout the lifetime of the ship. The International Energy Efficiency Certificate is specific to each ship and must be kept available on board for normal inspections and audits.
IEEC scope for ships in service
Each existing ship shall keep on board a ship-specific Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan. Platforms (including FPSOs and FSUs) and drilling rigs are NOT required to have a SEEMP. The verification of the requirement to have a SEEMP on board shall take place at the first intermediate or renewal survey whichever is the first, on or after 1 January 2013. The SEEMP is required on board starting from the time of the survey, not earlier.
For ships in service, the IEEC initial survey will be in connection with an intermediate/renewal survey of the IAPP certificate, i.e. these IAPP survey windows will also become the IEEC initial survey date for existing ships. An approval of the SEEMP by class in advance to the intermediate or renewal survey is not required.
The Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan is regulated in MARPOL 73/78, Annex VI, chapter 4, regulation 22. The SEEMP provides an approach on an operational basis by monitoring ship and fleet efficiency performance.
The SEEMP lists the measures which are used for improving the energy efficiency of a ship. Upon the survey, the surveyor will check if the SEEMP is available on board. The SEEMP should be established in a working language used on board. The SEEMP should be written in the same language as the majority of the other documents on board. A sample form of the SEEMP can be found in “IMO Resolution MEPC.213(63) – 2012 Guidelines for the development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan”.
The ship owner is obliged to develop a SEEMP taking into account the guidelines adopted by the International Maritime Organisation. The Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan may form a part of the ship’s safety management system. The ship owner assumes full responsibility that each ship of their fleet keeps a ship-specific Energy Efficiency Management Plan.
In case of the existence of the SEEMP on board an existing ship, the International Energy Efficiency Certificate (IEEC) is issued. In case of a missing SEEMP, the recognised organisation should seek the advice of the Administration concerning the issuance of an IEEC. However if the SEEMP is missing, it has NO effect on the International Air Pollution
Prevention (IAPP) certificate.
Interpretation of SEEMP requirements
- A SEEMP should be provided on all ships of 400 gt and above and for existing ships it should be provided at the IEEC intermediate or renewal survey.
- A SEEMP is not required for platforms (including FPSOs and FSUs) and drilling rigs, regardless of their propulsion.
- A SEEMP is not required to be on board before the first renewal/intermediate survey of the IAPP certificate after 1 January 2013.
- The SEEMP should be established in a working language understood by the ship’s personnel.
- The SEEMP shall be developed taking into account guidelines adopted by the Organization. (Resolution MEPC.213(63))
- The SEEMP can be part of the Safety Management System (SMS) and the ISM audit, but does not need to be approved by the flag or RO.
- The SEEMP can either be hard copy or electronic.
- Class societies should check whether the SEEMP is ships specific and based on Resolution MEPC.213(63).
- If the SEEMP is missing, it has no effect on the International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificate.
Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI)
The EEDI is required only for ship new buildings. The term “new ship” is well defined as a ship for which the building contract is placed on or after 1 January 2013; or in the absenceof a building contract, the keel of which is layed or which is at a similar stage of construction on or after 1 July 2013; or the delivery of which is on or after 1 July 2015.
The EEDI is required only for the following ship types of 400 gross tonnage and above:
- Bulk Carrier
- Gas Carrier
- Container Ship
- Refrigerated Cargo Ship
- General Cargo Ship
- Combination Carrier
The EEDI Technical File contains the technical documentation which proves that the energy efficiency of the ship (= attained EEDI) is below the allowed limit (= required EEDI).
The EEDI Technical File has to be approved by the recognized organization or a classification society on their behalf.
In the future the required EEDI shall be reduced stepwise. The future EEDI reduction factors, cut off limits and implementation phases against the ship specific reference lines are intended to be as in the EEDI – reduction factor scheme. (MARPOL Annex VI Reg 21)
The attained as well as the required EEDI do not yet apply to ships which have diesel electric propulsion, turbine propulsion or hybrid propulsion systems. However the introduction of non-conventional propulsion systems and further ship types under the EEDI regime are considered by the IMO.
Survey and Certification
The EEDI related procedures on survey and certification are regulated in “IMO Resolution MEPC.214 (63) – Guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index” and “MEPC 64/INF.22 – First version of industry guidelines on calculation and verification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index”.
The verification stages for IEE Certification can be divided into the application for IEE certification, the EEDI preliminary verification, the EEDI final verification and the issuance
of the IEEC.
MEPC.213(63) guideline fot the development of a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP)
The SEEMP lists the measures which are used for improving the energy efficiency of a ship. Upon the survey, the surveyor will ...
MEPC.214(63) guidelines on survey and certification of the energy efficiency design index (EEDI)
The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is required only for ship new buildings. The term “new ship” is well defined as a ship ...