The online benchmarking and comparison platform Vesselindex® introduces GHG ratings to provide more transparency and fairness in emission ratings for bulk carriers and tankers. There is a need in the industry for a fairer and more nuanced way of categorizing ships based on their emissions profile, say the people behind the tool.
“If scrubbers and IMO2020 were the topic of conversation last year, EEXI and GHG assessments of greenhouse gas emissions are definitely the industry’s main focus this year,” says Anders Liengaard, Partner of the maritime consultancy firm Liengaard & Roschmann.
Together with his partner, Søren Roschmann, they launched Vesselindex® in 2018 with the aim of providing the industry with an independent online tool for benchmarking ships.
Now they are adding a new feature – Vesselindex®-GHG – to the platform to support the industry with transparent and fair emissions assessment delivered in an easy to understand format.
“EEXI and GES issues often land on the technical service table,” explains Anders Liengaard.
“But the EEXI and GES ratings also have a huge impact on business operations, hence the importance of providing a tool that can easily communicate the language, often technical, into something that salespeople can relate to, from. quick and easy way, ”he continues.
GHG ratings are important not only for owners but also for charterers. By 2023, IMO regulations will restrict some ships in their commercial capacity with regard to speed. It’s already important now that charterers are considering vintage ships that will last until 2023 and beyond.
In addition to identifying whether a vessel complies with upcoming IMO regulations, the feature will also contain a GHG rating very similar to that known to Rightship.
“We want to deliver what we believe to be fairer, more balanced scoring that is dynamic rather than static. Looking at the ratings versus speed, Vesselindex®-GHG provides a nuanced picture of a vessel’s emissions, giving Owners the flexibility to act and comply by slowing down, if they have a vessel that on departure is not living up to the charterer’s standards.