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 1 The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its seventieth session, adopted resolution MEPC.278(70) on Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI on Data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships, which entered into force on 1 March 2018.

 2 In accordance with regulation 22.2 of MARPOL Annex VI, on or before 31 December 2018, in the case of a ship of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) shall include a description of the methodology that will be used to collect the data required by regulation 22A of MARPOL Annex VI and the process that will be used to report the data to the ship's Administration.

 3 In addition, in accordance with regulation 5.4.5 of MARPOL Annex VI, the Administration shall ensure that for each ship to which regulation 22A applies, the SEEMP complies with regulation 22.2. This shall be done prior to collecting data under regulation 22A in order to ensure the methodology and process are in place prior to the beginning of the ship's first reporting period. Confirmation of compliance shall be provided to and retained on board the ship.

 4 The Marine Environment Protection Committee, at its seventy-second session (9 to 13 April 2018), having recognized the need for smooth implementation and uniform application of the aforementioned amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, approved a sample format for the Confirmation of compliance pursuant to regulation 5.4.5 of MARPOL Annex VI, as set out in the annex, and agreed to encourage early submission of SEEMP part II from ships to the Administration or any organization duly authorized by it for its timely verification.

 5 Member Governments are invited to:
  • .1 encourage stakeholders concerned to submit SEEMP part II to the Administration or its recognized organization by 1 September 2018;

  • .2 use the annexed sample format when applying regulation 5.4.5 of MARPOL Annex VI; and

  • .3 bring the present circular to the attention of their Administration, industry, relevant shipping organizations, shipping companies and other stakeholders concerned, as appropriate.

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