Shipowners line up against CO2 monitoring extension
13th March 2014 16:45 GMT

European shipowners do not want to see the European Union's (EU) monitoring system of carbon dioxide (CO2) from ships extended to include smaller ships.

European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) is urging legislators to "refrain from extending the scope [of the monitoring system] to ships above 400 gross tonnes (gt)".

The owners also do not want nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other greenhouse gas emissions to be part of the system as this would "result in unnecessary administrative burdens on small ships and in impractical monitoring issues in the proposed EU regulation".

The ECSA view is that ships of 5,000 gt and above would provide an acceptable 'administrative burden-environmental effectiveness' ratio, but including smaller ships would be excessive.

Ships of 5,000 gt and above account for 90% of CO2 emissions and 55% of vessel calls at EU ports, it says.

ECSA supports the collection of data on CO2 emissions from ships.

However, it  believes that "continuous NOx monitoring requires more complex technical measurement equipment".

CO2 should be the sole concern of the monitoring, reporting and verification system, according to the association.

ECSA has backed the bunker delivery note as the best source of CO2 data.

Should smaller ships (below 5,000 gt) be included in the European Union's carbon dioxide monitoring system?