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China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), BHP and DNV have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on industry value chain greenhouse gas (GHG) management.

The MOU seeks to enable close cooperation between ship owner and charterer with the aim of achieving further energy efficiencies and GHG savings through improved voyage data collection, verification and sharing via DNV’s Veracity data platform in collaboration with the industry partners’ digital management systems.

CMES, BHP and DNV have started their first joint pilot project, which focuses on the exchange and analysis of quality-assured data from selected ships and voyages. The first-ever Voyage GHG Verification Statement was issued by DNV as part of the pilot project, with the goal of establishing a trusted common source of data truth ​for use in various current or potential future business scenarios. These include Scope 1 (ship owners) and Scope 3 (charterers) emissions reporting; carbon trading and taxation settlement; GHG emissions compliance and improvement (e.g. CII and EEXI); and fuel usage and GHG emissions reductions.

DNV will quality-assure and verify the data. According to the class society, it is expected that shipowners and charterers who work closely together may be able to reduce operational emissions by up to 15% by sharing data and insights compared to cases where there is little practical cooperation.

‘We are thrilled to be pioneering cross value chain GHG management driven by digitalisation with leading industry partners such as BHP and DNV,’ said Huang Mao Sheng, Vice President of CMES. ‘To master the industry’s challenges of tomorrow all parties across the value chain must come together on a trusted basis and establish a common source of data truth.’

Rashpal Bhatti, Vice President of Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence, BHP, added: ‘Vessel owners who are early adopters of cross-value chain data sharing will likely have an advantage among charterers like BHP who have set targets for GHG emissions reductions and have the tools, like the Veracity platform, to help them assess, analyse, benchmark, and measure GHG emissions reportable within Scope 3.

‘We look forward to the results of the first joint pilot and call for more industry stakeholders to join the journey and collaborate to better manage value chain GHG emissions.’

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime at DNV, said: ‘Digitalisation is an enabler for decarbonisation, and collaboration is the true fuel of the future. Therefore, we are delighted to be part of this industry-first project with major maritime players CMES and BHP, which aims to jointly drive the reduction of greenhouse gases in shipping and in the ecosystem at large.’

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