Cloud based solution eases EU MRV compliance

Module is add-on solution to the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System Module is add-on solution to the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System

NOVEMBER 3, 2017 — To help shipowners meet the European Union's Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation that comes into force January 1, 2018, Rolls-Royce has added a cloud-based fuel consumption and carbon dioxide monitoring module.

The MRV regulation will make collection and reporting of voyage data a mandatory requirement, with owners of vessels over 5,000 gt calling at European Union ports having to monitor, report and verify their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

"The Energy Management EU-MRV module allows for automated gathering and reporting of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and other relevant data required by the new regulation," says Bjørn Kåre Myskja, Rolls-Royce, UX/Developer Engineer, Digital & Systems.

With the new module installed as an add-on solution to the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System launched in May, data can be sent automatically from the ship to the cloud, where information and reports can be accessed and downloaded from anywhere with an internet connection. The software also validates incoming data.

"With shipowners able to constantly track accurate fuel consumption and emissions data via the Rolls-Royce Energy Management web portal, they can reduce fuel costs and mitigate against incompliance and any financial penalties imposed by member states. More accurate data delivers greater costs savings," Myskja says.

In addition to data collection simplicity, a key focus during the software development phase was data protection.

"System security and integrity has been increased four-fold, with state-of-the-art encryption technologies, a two-step verification process and a 24/7 security center," says Eivind Vinje, Rolls-Royce, Technical Product Manager – Energy Management. "We also invited a number of third party cyber security experts to hack into the system, but all failed to breach the protocols or find any weak spots."

While the Energy Management EU-MRV Module is designed for those with operations in the European Union, the system is future-proofed to meet anticipated global requirements.

China has similar reporting mechanisms in place, while IMO data collection requirements that enteri into force in January 2019 will require the collection of fuel consumption data per fuel type, but not CO2 emissions directly.

The software has been verified by the Norway-accredited MRV verifier Ecoxy AS, which also cooperated in the development of the solution to ensure its compliance with all aspects of the EU MRV regulation as well as to meet customer requirements for a solution capable of substantially reducing manual data inputs.

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