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Verifavia becomes first IMO DCS verifier for Liberia-flagged ships

Company offering verification services to Liberian ships under both IMO DCS and EU MRV regulations.

Updated on 25 Aug 2017 06:48 GMT

Verifavia has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Liberian Registry to conduct both EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) and IMO Data Collection System (IMO DCS) verification for Liberia-flagged vessels - becoming the world's first independent IMO DCS verifier for Liberian ships.

The Liberian Registry is the second largest in the world and includes more than 4,200 vessels, representing 12 percent of the world's ocean going fleet.

As part of the new strategic cooperation, Verifavia Shipping will act as an independent EU MRV dual-accredited verifier to deliver verification services to Liberian-registered vessels under both the IMO's DCS and the EU's MRV regulations, which have clear objectives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.

"Given the strong commonalities between the EU and IMO monitoring schemes, the strategic cooperation provides shipowners and operators with additional reassurance that independent EU MRV accredited verifiers have the knowledge, expertise, and understanding to provide support in navigating the requirements and challenges relating to both EU MRV and IMO DCS regulations," Verifavia said.

"Shipowners of Liberian-flagged vessels that are required to comply with EU MRV will also benefit from obtaining a verification service from a single point of contact and a single verification audit based on the same primary data and procedures. This consolidated approach will ensure a cost effective and streamlined reporting verification process," Verifavia added.

Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping, remarekd: "We are proud to be the first independent verifier in the world to collaborate with the Liberian Registry, which is renowned for its excellence, efficiency, safety and expert service. We are confident that support from this leading flag administration is the first step towards full recognition of Verifavia Shipping worldwide - paving the way for other flag administrations to replicate the cooperation with EU MRV accredited verifiers."

Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said: "We are pleased to offer Liberian-flagged vessels the opportunity to streamline the process of compliance with both of these key maritime environmental regulations in a cost effective and efficient manner. We have the upmost confidence in Verifavia's knowledge, expertise and capabilities, and we trust that it will uphold the highest levels of service that we strive to deliver."

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